Norway's statement during the 29th UPR session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in United Arab Emirates was held on the 22th of January 2018. The statement was delivered by First Secretary Paul Ø. Bjørdal.


Norway welcomes the UAE to the 29th UPR session.

Norway has taken due note of the new federal law on domestic workers to protect and regulate their contractual arrangements. We recommend that further measures be taken to ensure that the law is properly implemented to ensure domestic workers are protected from abuse. 

We recommend that the UAE review the legal framework and amendments preventing freedom of expression.

Finally, Norway recommends that the UAE take steps to protect human rights defenders. We stress the importance of a fair and transparent legal process, and the release from custody of any individual detained for their peaceful exercise of freedom of expression and assembly.

Thank you.