By MARYE ELLISMAGORINOWASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The U.N. human rights office said on Wednesday it was reviewing a U.C. Berkeley study that suggested the U.A.E. is among the world’s worst human rights violators, but said the study was based on an unreliable data source.
The United Nations human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, told reporters at a briefing in Geneva that the study, which examined more than 500 countries, showed the U.-A.
Es. treatment of people in its jails, detention centers and prisons was worse than the global average.
It was based largely on a sample of about 60 countries in which the U-A.A.’s governments held people.
The U.R.O. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Zeid said it was an important step forward in the fight against torture.
He said the UAC could now be a central part of efforts to combat terrorism, which is the No. 1 threat facing the United Nations.
The report comes amid a deepening crisis of confidence in U.B. and U.F. governments over human rights standards.
In the UBS Global Governance Report published on Tuesday, U.
Bs. and the F.F.’s overall human rights ratings slipped from 10 to 9 and F.
Bs.’s from 10.5 to 8.