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Human Rights Association praises Wudeema’s Law

Rights Association to organise workshops for parents

  • WAM
  • Published: 18:39 November 15, 2012
  • Gulf News

Dubai: Emirates Human Rights Association has lauded the new federal law for children rights, Wudeema’s Law, that was approved by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during a Cabinet meeting.

The association said that the law secures a safe and stable future for children, regardless of their nationality, religion or origin.

EHRA stressed that the issuance of this law reinforces the positive role of the UAE Rulers in safeguarding and respecting the rights of children, and ensuring that no harm befalls them.

Abdul Rahman Ganem, Chairman of the Children committee, said that the committee will be organising a number of workshops for parents in schools and the EHRA head office.

He said the workshops, which will be free of charge, will raise awareness in parents on their rights and responsibilities under Wudeema’s Law.

On Tuesday, the draft law was cleared during the Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace.

Shaikh Mohammad ordered that the law be named Wudeema’s Law in reference to the eight-year-old girl who was allegedly murdered by her father and buried in the desert.

“Every child has a right to have a safe life, constant care, and emotional and psychological stability. There will be no leniency with people who violate the rights of children — they are the future,” Shaikh Mohammad said.

Comments (1)

  1. Added 11:56 November 16, 2012

    Myself being a victim of such denial of access to my only child. my daughter, for more than a decade, I have raised this issue with the United Nations in the form of a letter. Countries like the UK are trying to bring in a new law, giving the right to children to enjoy proper relationship with both the parents. In UK, 3.8 million kids live without their fathers - children growing up particularly boys without a strong male influence. Be it daughters or sons the concept of shared parenting is missing in India, and has no legal backing. Both the parents should have a full and continuing role in a child's life, after they separate or even during the divorce proceedings. In India, marital laws are gender-biased in favour of women. It is high time India should have a National Commission for Family, instead of National Commission for Women as at present. To save marriages, the proceedings of family courts should be telecast live.

    Deendayal M.Lulla, Mumbai, India

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