UAE must be role model for region
Official urges country to work together to protect children
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