UAE proposes steps to protect refugees at IPU

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UAE proposes steps to protect refugees at IPU

Geneva - "Strengthening the role of parliamentarians in the effective implementation of the principles of international humanitarian law and international conventions on the protection of refugees."

By Wam

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Published: Sat 17 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sun 18 Oct 2015, 9:54 AM

The UAE Parliamentary Division of the Federal National Council (FNC) has submitted a request for the inclusion of an emergency item in the agenda of the 133rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union titled, "Strengthening the role of parliamentarians in the effective implementation of the principles of international humanitarian law and international conventions on the protection of refugees", Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, First Deputy Speaker of the FNC, announced after arriving in Geneva to participate in the IPU Assembly.
Al Qubaisi, who is leading the UAE Parliamentary Division delegation to the 133rd IPU Assembly, convocation of the 197th Session of the Governing Council and other related meetings from 17th to 21st October, 2015, said: "The delegation of the UAE would like to present the emergency item. It focusses on the tragedies that have arisen from the sharp rise in numbers of migrants and refugees, particularly from some Middle Eastern and North African countries, where military conflicts and political and sectarian tensions prevail.
This situation has led to a loss of human dignity and human rights, as well as to violations of international humanitarian law and international conventions on the protection of refugees including the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (1951) and its Protocol (1967)."- Wam
"The delegation of the United Arab Emirates considers that the deteriorating refugee situation represents a major violation of human rights in countries of origin and an imminent threat to the political, economic and social stability of host countries. According to a report from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, the rate of asylum claims has increased by 23 per cent during 2015, bringing the total number of refugees across the world to more than 30 million," says an explanatory memorandum submitted by the UAE delegation of the IPU Secretary General.
"Furthermore, according to the United Nations Secretary-General, conflicts in some Middle Eastern and North African countries with major military, political, religious or sectarian tensions, generate one refugee every four seconds. Currently, half the population of Syria is at risk of becoming a migrant. For the last six months, tens of thousands in Yemen, Iraq and Libya have been emigrating every day."
"More than 2,000 migrants have died from either being drowned at sea or from exposure to severe weather conditions. There are currently around 30 countries around the world considered to generate the most refugees," the memo notes.
Al Qubaisi said the UAE parliamentary diplomacy had adopted the method of political analysis to assess technical work papers, initiatives and proposals.
She added that the UAE MPs would participate in a host of IPU activities including Forum of Young Parliamentarians of the IPU, Meeting of Women Parliamentarians, Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights, Standing Committee on United Nations Affairs, Standing Committee on Peace and International Security, Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade and Future Policy Award Ceremony.
She indicated that the IPU will also debate on an adoption of a resolution on democracy in the digital era and the threat to privacy and individual freedoms.
Panel discussions will be held on "Parliamentary action in meeting international commitments to counter terrorism" and "Powerful parliaments: building capacity for effective parliamentary oversight".
She said an IPU website in Arabic would be launched during this year's Assembly in implementation of the technical partnership agreement the FNC signed with the IPU, the world's first ever synergy the IPU inked with a parliament since its founding in 1889.
"This year's IPU Assembly meeting holds special significance as it will take place in the wake of the UN adoption of the Sustainable Development Agenda," she noted. 



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