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Cabinet approves setup of human rights body

Will follow Paris Principles for National Human Rights Institutions


The UAE Cabinet has approved the formation of the National Human Rights Authority that aims to establish the country’s status in preserving human rights at the regional and global levels.

The Cabinet also adopted ministerial resolutions and new structures for federal institutions and government councils.

As part of the new independent human rights authority, the UAE seeks to develop networks with individuals and institutions around the world with aims to achieve goals in empowering vulnerable segments of society. The authority will be granted financial and administrative independence to carry out its tasks.

Women, children, laborers, the elderly, people of determination and the vulnerable have rights that must be safeguarded, said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Highlighting the country’s active role in safeguarding human rights, the authority will follow the Paris Principles for the National Human Rights Institutions adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.

The cabinet adopted resolutions to restructure the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Council and establish the National Entrepreneurship Council, to be headed by the Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and SMEs. The new decisions aim to boost the country’s economic activity and provide an environment that drives innovation and stimulates the growth of startups.

The Cabinet also approved the restructuring of the Emirates Competitiveness Council to undertake the tasks of reviewing and proposing policies, strategies and legislations related to the country’s competitive fields, in collaboration with government entities.

The Council will oversee the implementation of initiatives and plans, evaluate national competitiveness and ensure partnerships between government and private sectors.

The Council, to be headed by the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, will include the Minister of Economy, the Minister of Health and Prevention, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Minister of Education, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratization, Minister of Justice, Minister of Community Development, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications and Minister of State for Government Development and the Future, alongside heads of executive offices and representatives across the Emirates.

The Cabinet approved the issuance of the Executive Regulations of the Federal Law on Antiquities to protect
antiquities in times of crises and disasters, and identify archaeological sites.

The move aims to regulate trading of antiquities and to oversee the commitment of city planning departments and municipalities in preserving archaeological sites when designing, planning and implementing projects. It will also monitor the role of relevant entities in training national cadres in excavations and archaeology.

The Cabinet adopted new organizational structures for a number of bodies including the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

The Cabinet also adopted the formation of the Executive Office of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the
Financing of Terrorism that aims to follow the country’s performance in line with international requirements in this sector.

The UAE also renewed its commitment to combatting climate change through approving contributions in line with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.