Sep 25, 2008

New Police Body to Tackle Cases of Human Rights Violations

All Human rights violation cases earlier reported to the Human Rights Department at Dubai Police, will now be dealt by a newly - established Dubai Community Development Authority (DCDA) set up under the directives of His Highness Shaikh MOhammed bin RAshid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. This was stated by Major-General Khamis Matar Al Mazeina, Deputy Commandant-General of Dubai Police, in his address to the media at a Ramadan Majlis held on Monday at the Dubai Press Club.

Al Mazeina explained that the family security department, social services programmes, Training and Drug Rehabilitation Centre at Dubai Police will all operate under the aeigis of the DCDA, an entity mandated to enhance social development and national identity, as well as strengthen the role of citizens in society.

Al Mazeina said that the UAE is totally free from political crimes and the country does not have a single political prisoner, said Major-General Khamis Matar Al Mazina, Deputy Commandant-General of Dubai Police.

Drawing attention to the globalisation of crimes and the way modern telecommunications were being used in facilitating international criminal networks, Al Mazina said Dubai Police were constantly upgrading strategies to keep pace with the developments.

“The opening up of Dubai as an international hub is a positive development. It has helped us gain more experience and to interact with policing professionals from around the world. A platonic, idealistic city cannot exist in the real world and, as such, Dubai indeed witnesses some crimes. But compared to any other city similar in the size and composition of its population, Dubai fairs extremely well,” he asserted.

Dismissing some of the ethnic prejudices in relation to crimes, Al Mazeina said the crime rate among some Asian nationalities was higher than others only because their percentage among the total population was also higher.

“You cannot relate crimes committed by people to their nationalities. I believe that the diversity of cultures and nationalities does not constitute a threat to the law and order mechanism,” he pointed out.

Reiterating that Dubai Police did not seek to suppress media freedom, Al Mazeina said media organisations were absolutely free to pursue their policies in terms of reporting and analysing the happenings here.

Answering a specific question on alleged manipulation by the police of reporting accidents, Al Mazeina vehemently denied the charge and said it was unfair on the part of the media to have such perceptions.

“We go out of our way to facilitate the work of the media in relation to their coverage of police affairs. We do not withhold information. We are totally transparent in sharing information with the media and we never turn our back on them,” he pointed out, thanking the media organisations in the country for their cooperation and support.

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