A high-level panel discussion on Human Rights in the United Arab Emirates is being held on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 in Geneva, where experts and specialists from Thirteen international human rights groups with advisory capacity with the United Nations will launch the Shadow Report for UAE submitted for the 43rd Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The session will be broadcast via Zoom, and international legal experts will participate in it, as well as the meeting websites, through which officials from the participating organizations will take part in preparing the report.
The session will include experts and specialists in the field of human rights, especially the universal periodic review mechanism, representing a wide spectrum of relevant government sectors, national human rights institutions and international organizations. This year, the discussion will also include a number of media professionals specialized in media and human rights issues, and a group of academics and representatives of centers studies, research, thought and opinion.
The experts in the panel discussion come from many well-known international organizations and have years of experience under their belt. A number of international experts at the discussion also come from the field of human rights, and leaders of international human rights organizations with consultative status at the United Nations.
The session will be moderated by Dr. Cristine Mirre from CAP Conscience et liberte and Ayman Nasry from Arab European Forum for Dialogue and Human Rights will introduce the universal periodic review mechanism and the contributions of non-governmental organizations to it, and the importance of the report in promoting the universal periodic review of the state in the 43rd session.
Whereas, Dr. Manel Msalmi from the European Association for The Defense of Minorities will highlight the efforts and achievements of the UAE in the field of Economic, Social cultural and environmental rights. Various other speakers from renowned organizations from around the world will also highlight the importance of human rights and strives made in the area by UAE. The session also includes a discussion with Mahmoud Bassiouni, Member of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights, highlighting the use of the media to undermine the human rights achievements. The session will conclude with an open discussion on the importance of media.
The UAE's human rights report will be discussed at the meetings of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in May as part of the forty-third periodic assessment.
The panel discussion will provide a unique opportunity in understanding the achievements of the UAE in fulfilling its human rights obligations – which gets undermined in the 24/7 global media cycle. Participants will get a chance to understand the issues, challenges and gains made in the UAE through thoughtful discussions by experts with evidence-based analysis on the subject.