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Wudeema Law re-named as Child Rights Law in UAE

UAE has released a new Child Rights Law aimed at protecting children. The law was initially called Wudeemas Law, which is now known as the Law on Child Rights, after the members of Federal National Council voted towards change of the name.


The landmark legislation was reviewed by the council members, and it was later passed by the Cabinet, to protect children from abuse and neglect.


The ‘Wudeema’s Law’ was so-named initially in memory of an eight-year old girl, who was tortured to death by her father and girlfriend. But, the members of the House were of the opinion that the law should not be named after the girl, given, the tragic ordeal she faced and the possible defamation it might cause to her and her family.


The law provides for children’s right to security, freedom from inhuman, cruel or degrading treatment and the right to special protection during childhood. It also states a child’s right to life, the right to a name, the right to express views freely, and the right to healthcare, the right to protection from economic and sexual exploitation and the right to education.


The bill says every child, irrespective of origin, nationality, religion or social status has the right to a secure life, permanent care and emotional and psychological stability.


The members of the House also endorsed several articles such as children without distinction, have the right to permanent care and protection against risk or abuses. The best interest of children and their needs should take precedence over anything, the bill said.


Children also have the right to grow up and develop physical and spiritually in a healthy, normal way, free and with dignity.


The UAE recently became the first Middle Eastern country to sign up to recommendations to fight spread of online material, depicting child sexual abuse.


The law stipulates that children have the right to be protected against cruel acts or exploitation, and they may not be obliged to do any work which hinders their development both physically and mentally. They also have the right to be among the first to get help.


Posted on 12/12/2013

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