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UN report says UAE must take steps to avoid racial tension
UAE Ambassador to the UN accepted comments as valuable, agrees more needs to be done.
June 17, 2010 9:10 by Rasha Reslan
The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva said the UAE must take steps to avoid the potential for racial tension. Their conclusion is based on the findings of a new report, presented by Githu Muigai, the UN special rapporteur on racism and related intolerance, the National reported Thursday.
The UAE’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Obaid al Zaabi, said the reports comments and recommendations were “valuable,” and Zaabi agreed that more must be done to ensure harmonious inter-racial relations in the country.
“The UAE fully understands the reasons behind some of the conclusions and recommendations that have been forwarded to remedy some issues such as national identity and the right to acquire nationality and other issues. We do realize that we must do more and put more effort in this,” the ambassador was quoted as saying.
The report urged greater public debate on the issue of national identity involving Emiratis and expats, and highlighted the UAE’s high degree of racial diversity and the concerns this has engendered among nationals regarding identity and social integration between groups.