Elected to the Council in 2013, the United Arab
Emirates had a mixed record of engagement on country situations .The UAE’s
selective engagement in country situations is a particular concern.
Voting record in 2016
Voting Record in 2015
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) continued to demonstrate an inconsistent approach to country situations at the Human Rights Council. The UAE voted in favor of the North Korea and Syria resolutions, abstained on the Belarus and Iran resolutions, and voted against the resolution on Sri Lanka. Regrettably, it endorsed a March 2014 joint declaration put forward by Saudi Arabia that backed the government crackdown in Egypt, despite the massive rights violations it entailed.
The UAE voted in favor of all the resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.
The UAE co-sponsored few resolutions other than those addressing the situations in Palestine and Syria, and rarely intervened in debates that were not on those two issues. It did, however, support the convening of all three special sessions held by the Council in 2014 on the Central African Republic, on the conflict in Gaza, and the situation in Iraq.
The UAE should commit to implementing the Council’s full mandate and basing its positions on an assessment of the situation on the ground, the needs of victims, and the international obligations of the government concerned.
Voting record in 2014
Support for key joint statements in 2014
While the UAE supported all the Council’s resolutions on Syria and voted in favor of all the resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories,it abstained on the Iran and Belarus resolutions and voted against the Sri Lanka resolution.
The UAE did not support any of the key joint statements made on country situations at the Human Rights Council.
The UAE can improve its performance at the
Council by strengthening its support for country action beyond the Syrian
crisis and the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It should
revisit its position on Sri Lanka,
Iran and Belarus, and continue to broaden its co-sponsorship of