10 December 2020

Ministry of Interior Celebrates the International Human Rights Day

The celebration event attendees included Lieutenant General Saif Abdullah Al-Shaafar, the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Interior; HE Ahmed Abdulrahman Al-Jarman, the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Cooperation for Human Rights Affairs; HE Mr. Maher Al-Obad the Assistant Under Secretary of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization for Inspection Affairs; Major General Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al-Raiyssi, the General Inspector of the Ministry; Major General Saif Al-Zarri Al-Shamsi, the General Commander of Sharjah Police Department; Brigadier Mohammed Hameed bin Dalmouj Al-Zhaheri, the Secretary-General of HE the Minister of Interior; Brigadier Nasser Khadem Al-Kaabi, the General Director for Happiness; Staff Brigadier Abdulaziz Al-Hajeri, the Commander of Security Special Force; Brigadier Mohammad Ali Al-Shehi the Director of Human Rights Department at the Ministry; the managers of departments, officers from all the sectors of the Ministry of Interior and the general commanders of the police departments in the United Arab Emirates.

Lieutenant General Saif Al-Shaafar gave a speech highlighting that the United Arab Emirates, since its early foundation, adopted a comprehensive national vision to promote human rights. It dedicated its efforts to put people? interests on top of its priorities since the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak (COVID-19). The UAE took the initiative to facilitate the lives of citizens and residents without any discrimination. It was at the forefront of the countries that managed to recover from the pandemic. It adopted several policies, strategies, and national plans to address the pandemic.

He added that the United Arab Emirates was keen on following the guidelines issued by the specialist agencies, organizations, and the United Nations human rights agencies, which included all the relevant human rights. He pointed out that the UAE exchanged the experience and best practices in combatting the pandemic with other countries, with a profound belief that cooperation and collaborative efforts must be intensified to encounter the pandemic.

He asserted that the ministry took the necessary actions by enhancing the smart police services’ readiness that would ensure the continuity of work and enable the customers to remotely accomplish their applications to achieve their safety and protect their and society’s health. He also pointed out that the ministry allowed its departments to spread awareness among members of the society and provided all the accurate information in connection with the dimensions of the spread and development of the virus.

The attendees watched a documentary film that embodies the value of people on the United Arab Emirates’ lands. A film was also played to demonstrate the ministry of interior’s efforts in encountering the Coronavirus pandemic by releasing and implementing the National Sterilization Program to protect the members of society against the infection risks of COVID-19.

The under secretary of the ministry honored the first defense line agencies that effectively participated in encountering the Coronavirus pandemic and honored the speakers at the conference.

Maitha Ghanem Al Mazroui, the Director of Corporate Communication at Abu Dhabi Shelter and Humanitarian Care Centre, presented a paper that reviewed the Center’s experience in protecting and helping the human trafficking victims in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She reviewed the early creation of the Center in 2008 and its role in sheltering human trafficking victims among women and children. In July 2020, the Center’s name was changed into Abu Dhabi Human Care and Shelter, and new categories were added to the Center, i.e., the victims of violence and

abuse. There were several channels to receive and accommodate the victims at the Center, and several services were provided to them.