24 December 2012

UAE guide to help human trafficking victims


16 December 2012

Only nationals can run private labour agencies

The ordinance also set mechanisms to ensure the rights of enterprises that rely in their operations on employment agencies and guarantees the rights of workers during and after the recruitment process. The ordinance included mechanisms to reduce certain malpractices that may occur as a result of recruitment operations, and stipulated a set of guarantees and commitments from the agencies including transparency during the entire process of employment beginning from the phase of recruiting from the worker’s country of origin until the operations of the firm in which he will work. Gobash said the new ordinance provides for enough transparency through giving the worker the opportunity to read his original employment contract which will be accredited in the UAE while he begins the employment. The new decision prohibited any agency from importing workers with another agency or individuals inside the UAE or abroad unless that agency is licensed for this work according to the UAE law. The decision also made it clear that the workers of any agency may not work in other agencies.

10 December 2012

Workshop about new ways to tackle human trafficking

 Dr Al Gafli was addressing a workshop organised by Dubai Police titled ?Human Trafficking, Reality and Hope.? The workshop was held at the Higher College of Technology for girls in Dubai to mark International Human Rights Day. It was announced during the event that the UAE will soon rope in international investigators drawn from police and other government agencies to combat human trafficking.

The UAE?s efforts to combat human trafficking started in 2005 and in 2006 the UAE enforced Federal Law No 51 to combat human trafficking and create a mechanism to implement this law. The National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking was established in 2007. The UAE government is aware of the challenges associated with human trafficking as criminal behaviour against humanity; we work not only to overcome exploitation of women, but to be trained in how to combat this trafficking of women,? Dr Al Gafli said.

The NCCHT is conducting several workshops and training courses as part of efforts to continuously improve the skills of law enforcement agents in the UAE in dealing with human trafficking cases and victims, he added.

?As part of the government?s efforts to overcome human trafficking crimes, the NCCHT cooperates with other countries and international agencies in this regard. Combating this crime is a goal and the UAE is part of international efforts,? he said.

Colonel Dr Mohammad Al Murr, head of the human rights department at Dubai Police, said: ?The UAE started its fight against human trafficking six years ago and is still going ahead in its fight. The Human Trafficking Crimes Control Centre in Dubai Police organised a number of training courses and meetings in order to train its members on how to identify human trafficking victims and support them, and how to discover such crimes.? he said.

Colonel Mohammad Ali Al Shehi, a NCCHT member highlighted the difficulties faced by law enforcement agencies tackling human traffickers. ?It was hard at the beginning to identify such crimes in the UAE because it is a global crime and it is difficult to track those involved. Trafficking is a thriving global business that generates billions of dollars and accounts for millions of victims every year. It is also linked to other organised crimes like human smuggling, drug trafficking and money laundering.?

28 November 2012

Workshop on means to support victims of human trafficking

Brigadier Nakhira said it is very important to raise awareness and knowledge about human trafficking victims at residency departments and borders to help curb this crime and offering support to human trafficking victims.
The workshop which was organised at the Dubai Police Officers Club was also attended by Brigadier Dr Abdullah Sahoo, Director of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Sharjah, Colonel Dr Mohammad Al Murr, Director of Human Rights Department at Dubai Police and Colonel Mohammad Ali Al Shihi, member of the anti-human trafficking committee at the Ministry of Interior, among other officials.
This workshop is part of several organised by Dubai Police to expose human trafficking crimes and to reveal their danger to society on all levels.

16 November 2012

MoI organizes workshop to up capacity of anti-trafficking investigators

In his speech at the workshop, Colonel Al Kaabi expressed his hope in achieving the objectives of the workshop and the confidence to achieve goals by raising the capacity of investigators in human trafficking, in accordance with international conventions and national laws. Unifying and co-ordinating the efforts and strengthening co-operation between veterans in the field of investigations to combat trafficking in human beings was also on the workshop?s agenda.

Concluding the event, Colonel Khamis Al Kaabi, accompanied by judge Hatem, honoured lecturers who participated in the workshop.

The regional training workshop for building the capacity of law enforcement investigators to combat human trafficking, discussed during the third day a number of issues.
David Newton and Andrew Desmond lectured on risk assessment in investigations related to trafficking in human beings, and using specialised techniques in such investigations, besides investigation methods in cases of trafficking in human beings. Also reviewed were practical issues related to investigation of crimes of trafficking in human beings.

13 November 2012

UAE cabinet approves draft law on child rights

 As per the draft federal law, specialised child protection units with a judicial status will be set up to ensure the safety of children in situations where their safety or health is endangered in any way.

These teams will coordinate with the relevant authorities to carry out interventions in a preventive capacity or even to extend medical treatment where necessary.

?The interests of children and their needs must take precedence over anything. Their right is a duty, and it is our responsibility to cooperate and achieve it,? Shaikh Mohammad said. ?The new law covers all aspects related to children?s rights, and contains mechanisms that ensure its implementation, as well as punishments that will thwart people whose morals and religious beliefs do not stop them from violating the rights of children.?

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.

Senior chief prosecutor Mohammad Ali Rustom, head of Family and Juveniles Prosecution (FJP) in Dubai, said the draft law is a timely move and will assure children the full protection and preservation of their rights.

?The draft law surely contains many articles that are in favour of the children and their rights. It has also come to protect children and maintain their rights before a crime is committed or a kid is abused. It also holds everybody [parents, schools and social bodies and concerned authorities] relatively responsible for children?s protection and preservation of their rights,? he said.

?In cases of negligence or carelessness, the new draft law has come to hold everybody, who is directly or indirectly responsible for children?s protection and rights, criminally liable,? Rustom told Gulf News.

Advocate Mukhtar Gareeb, who specialises in family cases, said the draft law proposes to hold society as a whole responsible for children?s safety and security.

?All members and bodies of the society should be held responsible for the kids? protection or the preservation of their rights and not only the parent independently. Now everybody will be held liable. Any adult who fails to report incidents wherein a child?s safety is threatened to concerned authorities could be fined Dh50,000,” advocate Gareeb said.

The law seeks to protect every child regardless of religion, nationality, origin, or social class.

With regard to a child?s cultural rights, the law prohibits the possession or selling of any audio-visual publications or gaming material that may tempt a child to carry out any unlawful actions. Failure to do so will result in a fine of at least Dh100,000 and a one-year jail term.

The draft law also stresses children?s right to education and forbids any forms of violence against them in an educational institution.

It calls for protecting them from being taken advantage of or mistreated, besides acts of negligence, or forcing them into begging, and exposing them to any bodily or psychological harm.

It emphasises the importance of informing child protection specialists if children?s safety is threatened and obliges every adult to inform the specialised authority about any threats if so requested by a child. Any adult who fails in such duty will be fined Dh50,000.

Any parent applying to be the custodian of a child has to present a detailed report on his social status and criminal records, as well as a report stating that the individual applying for custodianship of the child has not committed any crimes abroad.

The draft law also stipulates that any individual using a child for photographing, recording or distributing pornographic materials will be jailed for a period of not less than 10 years.

13 November 2012

UAE elected to UN human rights council


12 November 2012

UAE President issues decree on combating cyber crimes

The law covers almost all crimes in the Penal Code and other UAE laws if the crime is committed through the use of the internet or any other high-tech means and further toughens the penalties as stated in these laws, said Faiza Mousa, an Abu Dhabi-based lawyer.

The law states that anyone convicted of deliberately eavesdropping, or receiving or intervened information or messages sent via the internet by using any electronic or high-tech means, shall receive a prison term.

According to the law, anyone convicted of setting up, managing or overseeing a website or publishing information on the internet with the intent of human trafficking or dealing in human organs illegally will face a prison term.

The law also states that anyone convicted of setting up a website or publishing information with the aim of peddling narcotics shall be jailed.

People convicted of setting up a website or publishing information for a terrorist group with intent to facilitate contacts with their leadership, or to promote their ideologies and finance their activities, or to publish information on how to make explosives or any other substances to be used in terrorist attacks face jail as well.

Prison terms shall be handed down to those who use the internet or any IT means to offend or damage the reputation  or status of the country, its institutions, President, Vice-President, Rulers of the Emirates, Crown Princes, Deputy Rulers, the UAE?s flag, logo and national anthem.

Anyone convicted of inciting to publish or publishing information, news cartoons or any other form of materials that threaten national security or promoting ideas in breach of the general order and public decency face jail.

Anyone convicted of setting up, managing or overseeing a website with the intent of or calling to topple the regime or subverting the constitution or laws shall be jailed. The same penalty shall be handed out to those who promote, incite or instigate anyone to commit or facilitate these crimes.

Anyone convicted of using the internet or any IT means to plan, organise or promote calls for demonstrations without permit from the authorities shall be jailed.

Prison terms will be handed down to those who use the internet to deal in antiquities or illegally make use of or facilitate using communication, TV or radio services.

Anyone convicted of abusing holy shrines or religious rituals or insulting them or inciting others to do so shall also face jail. Those convicted of publishing any illegal content or failing  to remove the same off the internet within the grace period given by authorities shall be jailed, fined or face both penalties.

05 November 2012

Labour inspectors receive training on combating human trafficking


28 October 2012

FNC issues a statement on EU Parliament resolution on UAE human rights

 ”The prejudiced, harmful resolution to the UAE stances towards the discussed issues in such a harry manner underlines the lack of objectivity on the part of the established EU institution which was apparently fallen under the influence of certain elements that have their own agenda seeking to mar the long-standing historic bonds between the EU and the GCC countries, in general, and the UAE, in particular.
”The UAE achievements in the past four decades stand testimony to its respect for human rights for both its nationals and non-nationals. High development rates have also drawn commendation from all.
”The issues tackled by the resolution including rights of women and foreign workforce, human trafficking, and domestic helpers, have been receiving full attention of the State. The UAE women have enjoyed their rights to education, public job and political participation. The foreign workforce has been provided with favourite conditions through proper housing, fair wages and human working environment. The FNC has debated the domestic helpers law in its previous term.
”Regarding human trafficking, the UAE has presented before international relevant organizations reports that elicited continuous appreciation. As for UAE detainees, the State has committed to leave the critical issue to the justice which will administer its ruling without interference from any one and undoubtedly in line with principles of justice and transparency.


”The UAE leadership and people will not hesitate in defending their just stances and protecting rights of citizens. The UAE will go ahead with its plans for development so as to build a modern state that takes the lead in all fields, a state that is based on principles of religion, traditions, heritage and cherished political legacy left by the founding fathers led by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.”