UN Hails UAE Judicial System

  • 2 July 2013

The United Nations has stressed the independence and impartiality of the Emirati judiciary, noting that the UAE enjoys a strong and impartial judiciary that upholds justice and fulfills its human noble goals to the fullest without any discrimination between the citizens and residents, said the Hour News on Thursday.

The UN statement, a genuine international certificate to the UAE judiciary, noted that such testimony came after the judiciary firmly proved its independence under the state’s constitution that was founded by late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

“In spite of my confidence in judiciary, I feel that my responsibility does not stop at that, since I am the ruler and responsible before God for the judiciary and the provisions in the community. I am following provisions myself so that I can be assured that justice is maintained and people enjoy security and stability,” late Sheikh Zayed said.

Following the steps of the founder, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan directed members of the judiciary “no authority over you except God and the law, and your conscience.”

According to the bulletin issued by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), it was not surprising that the UN chose the UAE to host its regional office for drugs and organised crime combat in the region. UAE enjoys a proper environment for the application of international standards related to criminal justice, the bulletin said.

Emirates welcomes this choice, which refers to the transparency of the judicial system, including both judiciary and public prosecution on the one hand, and the extent of the UAE’s co-operation with the international and humanitarian organisations on the other hand.

The Constitution of UAE states that all individuals are equal before the law and freedom is guaranteed for all. No one can be arrested, searched, detained or imprisoned except in accordance with the provisions of the law. Also no one is exposed to torture or indecent treatment, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a legal and fair trial.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, ordered to remove the iron bars “cages” in courtrooms in the country during trials, so as to maintain the human rights regardless of gender, nationality, race and religion, the Hour News pointed out.