The UAE respects the integrity of every individual that resides in the country. Its commitment to guarantee equality and social justice for all citizens is ingrained in the Constitution. The UAE Constitution also outlines the freedoms and rights of all citizens, prohibits torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, respects civil liberties, including freedom of speech and press, peaceful assembly and association, as well as religion.
During the last two generations, the people of the UAE have been transformed from a traditional, largely rural population with little or no access to education and health services to a modern, urbanized society with sophisticated infrastructure. With this extraordinary growth came large-scale immigration—the total UAE population increased by nearly 75 percent between 1995 and 2006. Today, UAE nationals form approximately 19 percent of the total population.
With this rapid urban development and population expansion have come new challenges for the UAE, its people and government. Among them are human trafficking and workforce rights. The UAE is actively addressing these issues, by creating appropriate domestic legal frameworks and enforcing them, as well as creating partnerships with international institutions, nongovernmental organizations and other governments.