UAE must be role model for re­gion

Of­fi­cial urges coun­try to work to­gether to pro­tect chil­dren

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS - By 7DAYS News Team @7DAYSUAE news@7days.ae

The UAE must be a role model for other coun­tries in the Mid­dle East when it comes to child pro­tec­tion, a se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cial has said.

The com­ments were made dur­ing a meet­ing or­gan­ised by the Hu­man Rights Depart­ment at the Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat of the Of­fice of HH Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of In­te­rior on the leg­is­la­tion, which has been dubbed Wadeema’s Law as it was sparked by the mur­der of eight-year-old Wadeema at the hands of her fa­ther.

Ma­jor Gen­eral Khal­ifa Hareb Al Kha­iaili, Act­ing As­sis­tant Un­der-Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of In­te­rior for Nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion, Res­i­dency and Ports Af­fairs, told del­e­gates the UAE must lead the way in the re­gion, na­tional news agency WAM re­ported.

He said that “part­ner­ships among the dif­fer­ent sec­tors” are es­sen­tial to im­ple­ment the law and to “de­ter­mine the re­spec­tive re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as­sumed by the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties and per­son­nel”.

He added of the meet­ing: “The ob­jec­tives also in­clude shed­ding the light on the mech­a­nisms to pro­vide pro­tec­tion and pre­ven­tion for chil­dren; the crim­i­nal pe­nal- ties in­curred by vi­o­la­tors, and their con­nec­tions to the other reg­u­la­tions.”

The ses­sion was at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 33 or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the Min­istry of In­te­rior, the United Na­tions Of­fice on Drugs and Crime and Emi­rates Hu­man Rights As­so­ci­a­tion.

Among the leg­is­la­tion in the new law are pow­ers for schools to con­tact the au­thor­i­ties if they feel a pupil is be­ing abused at home. It also bans child labour, stip­u­lat­ing chil­dren can now only work once they are 15 years old.

Ob­jec­tives in­clude shed­ding light on the mech­a­nisms to pro­vide pro­tec­tion – Ma­jor Gen­eral Khal­ifa Hareb Al Kha­iaili

VIC­TIM: Wadeema was mur­dered in 2011

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