Licensed by the Abu Dhabi Department of Community Development, the Association, which comprises 16 specialized human rights experts, aims to provide advice and opinions on national reports submitted by the State to international human rights bodies and mechanisms. It also seeks to promote respect for civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental human rights for all segments of society. Furthermore, the Association aims to contribute effectively to the understanding of regional and international human rights mechanisms, in order to cooperate with relevant international bodies and mechanisms to promote human rights and achieve sustainable development goals.
From a civil society perspective, the Association aims to support the fundamental values and principles of human rights, which are enshrined in international law, fundamental human rights conventions and international humanitarian law; participate in the development of national programs, initiatives and strategies related to human rights; contribute to the harmonization of national legislation with international law in the field of protection and promotion of human rights, in coordination with the relevant authorities; work to strengthen the capacities of national human rights cadres; contribute to the dissemination of a culture of human rights and the consolidation of its values and concepts in society; and organize training programs, seminars, workshops, conferences and local, regional and international events related to human rights.
The association also aims to prepare and publish studies and research, and issue publications related to human rights; prepare data and reports for regional and international human rights mechanisms; anticipate the future in this field; receive and follow up on complaints to the corresponding authorities; coordinate with relevant authorities to request field visits to all entities related to human rights; improve the participation of civil society in the development and harmonization of the procedures and policies followed by the State.
It should be noted that the association is committed, in accordance with the decision, to the provisions of Federal Law No. 50 of 2023, on the Regulation of Public Benefit Institutions.