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30 November 2023

UAE's child rights draft law passed by FNC


The Federal National Council (FNC) continued on Wednesday and for the third consecutive day its 6th session of the 3rd term of its 15th legislative chapter under the chairmanship of its speaker Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr. The Council members passed the draft child rights law after adding and amending a number of articles.

Al Murr emphasised in a speech that the discussions of the Federal National Council yesterday and today on the draft law for Children's Rights is testimony to, and an expression of, the unremitting efforts of the state and its constitutional institutions "to achieve further progress and preserve the rights of every human being living in this good land, efforts which stem from its cultural, humanitarian heritage, and honourable religious values." The law defines basic rights of children, including the right to a safe life, medical attention and care and education. It prohibits child labour and the exploitation of children in begging.

The FNC agreed a definition in the law of 'violence against children' as the use of force against the child which could affect their health, growth or survival.