Child Rights Law: FNC okays bill name change

The Federal National Council on Thursday approved the reservation of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan about a bill on child rights that was passed last month and sent to the President approval.

The bill was originally named Wadeema’s Law, after the girl by that name was murdered in 2011 after months of brutal mistreatment.

The President's reservation required changing the name of bill to "Federal Law on Child Rights (Wadeema), and carrying out amendments to Article 20 which specifies the responsibilities of relevant authorities for providing pre-natal and post-natal healthcare to mothers.

The amended bill will provide greater safeguards for children and creates a nationwide system to protect children from mistreatment, abuse, stimulants, psychostimulants, narcotic drugs, psychotropics, alcohol, environmental pollution, tobacco smoke and other risks.

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