Friday, May 27, 2016

Children's rights amply protected

The Human Rights Department at the General Secretariat of the Office of H.H Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior hosted an interactive dialogue session on the child rights law "Wadeema", which was attended by 33 societal and governmental entities.
In his welcome speech, Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaiaili, Acting Assistant Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Interior for Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs, reiterated the Ministry of Interior’s unwavering commitment to establish the UAE as a cultural beacon, one that is a role model in the region for reinforcing child protection and safety, through effective precautionary measures to promote safety and security in the society.
He said: "Partnerships amongst the different sectors are essential to achieve the objectives set out in the "Interactive Dialogue", notably to introduce the law as a comprehensive international and national child protection requirement; and determine the respective responsibilities assumed by the concerned authorities and personnel. The objectives also include shedding the light on the mechanisms to provide protection and prevention for children; the criminal penalties incurred by violators, and their connections to the other regulations."
The session was attended by Major General Salem Mubarak Al Shamesi, Director General of Finance and Support Services at the Ministry of Interior; Brigadier Ahmed Mohammed Nekhairah, Head of Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Interior; Judge Dr. Hatem Aly, UNODC's representative and head of the sub-regional office for the GCC; and Mohammed Salim Al Ka’bi, Chairman of the Emirates Human Rights Association, EHRA.
Also present were Amina Za’al Al Muhairi, Deputy Director of Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; and a large crowd of guests including representatives of ministries, federal and local governmental entities, and civil society organisations concerned with human rights in the UAE.

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