The United Arab Emirates has welcomed the marked progress made by the Human Rights Council (HRC) in record time, especially by the Universal Periodic Review and its 55 Special Procedures.

This came during a speech delivered by the UAE Permanent Representative to the UN and other International Organisations in Geneva Obaid Salem Al Zaabi before a high-level panel discussion, held today to mark HRC's tenth anniversary to reflect on its achievements and challenges.

Al Zaabi noted some flaws in HRC's work such as ignoring the inter-governmental character of the Council and called on the Special Procedures to uphold their Code of Conduct. he however, lauded the Council's stand on a number of causes such as Palestine, Syria, Libya and the Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar.

At the end of his speech, Al Zaabi expressed the hope that the HRC will be able to overcome a number of procedural matters that hinder its progress and inhibit its performance due to double standard, politicization and selectiveness.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation