21 October 2017Last updated


UAE Child Protection Law takes effect today

Reporting cases of abuse and neglect is aimed at correcting wrongdoing and protecting the child

Janice Ponce de Leon
15 Jun 2016 | 10:28 am
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As the UAE’s Child Protection Law takes effect today, reporting cases of child abuse or negligence is now mandatory for all members of the community with the ultimate goal of transforming families and society and not dividing them.

The Federal Law No 3 of 2016, formerly named Wudeema Law, was drafted in the memory of Wudeema, an eight-year-old Emirati girl who was starved and tortured to death in Dubai by her father and his girlfriend in 2012.

The law ensures that every child in the UAE, whether a resident or tourist, has the right to live and be safe, be educated, and be protected from neglect and all forms of abuse, whether physical, sexual, verbal, emotional or psychological.

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Janice Ponce de Leon

Janice Ponce de Leon

Staff Reporter, Gulf News