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Call for constructive aproach for protecting human rights

4/26/2007 2:3:14
Source ::: The Peninsula
Mohamed Eziddin Abdulmonem

doha A more constructive approach is needed for the establishment and set up of regional mechanism for the protection of human rights says Dr Mohamed Eziddin Abdulmonem, Professor of International Law and Member of UN Committee for Human Rights.

It has been done in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Arab world should not be lagging behind, he said at a session on human rights at the 7th Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade yesterday.

The first three of which is related to what should and could be done at internal level and the second three of which are on what should or could be done with the international community.

Abdulmonem said that there must be more clarity with regards to states obligations to respect, fulfil and protect human rights as well as a balanced and comprehensive approach to the promotion of all human rights.

"There might be an imbalance in the actual debate on human rights where there appear to be much more emphasis on civil and political rights on the one hand and far less emphasis on economic, social and cultural rights on the other hand. In some cases people are too rich to care for civil and political rights and in other people are too poor even to be able to practice their civil and political rights. This imbalance has to be redressed", he said.

Abdulmonem called for efficient law enforcement as far as human rights are concerned, pointing out that there might be beautiful phrasing in constitution on human rights and magnificent text of laws on human rights, but that what matters is their implementation.

"Laws have to be revisited, revised and eventually amended. Implementation is a question of crucial importance," he said.

He also pointed to the need for more awareness of the growing interaction between what is internal and what is external in so far as human rights are concerned which, he said, UN alone is the international entity entitled to intervene in human rights situations anywhere.

Abdulmonem also urged the countries of the region for more contribution to the elaboration of the international human rights law which is under way, instead of waiting until the rule is enacted, especially because of the diminishing gap between what is contractual in international human rights law and what is not.

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