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UAE: UAE President Issues Law to Establish Human Rights Institution

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


Law, Human Rights

The UAE seems to be moving in the direction of having a formal institution in place to ensure Human Rights protection, thanks to the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issuing a law to create National Human Rights Institution (NHRI). This law is called Federal law No. 12 of 2021, which under Article 2 defines the formation of an independent body for Human Rights headquartered in Abu Dhabi. The financial and administrative autonomy and this institution being an independent legal entity has been ensured by Article 3 of the Law. The Law elucidates on the institutional framework with a Board of Trustees and Chairperson and on how NHRI would work with other institutions as well to achieve their objective of promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms within the framework of the UAE Constitution.