H.H. Sheikh Khalifa issues Federal Law No. 3 of 2016 on child rights, also known as Wudeema's Law
The law protects children against all forms of negligence, exploitation, physical and psychological abuses. It requires all competent authorities to work together to ensure the protection of children’s rights to the maximum level.
· All children must be provided with appropriate living standards, access to health services, education, equal opportunities without any kind of discrimination.
· Smoking in public and private vehicles and indoor facilities where children are present is also prohibited under the law.
· The law allows childcare specialists to remove children from their homes against parents’ wishes and without judicial permission in cases of imminent danger.
· In less severe cases, specialists may intervene by visiting regularly, providing social services and mediating a solution between the family and the child.
· Those who put children in danger, abandon them, neglect them, leave them without supervision, do not enroll them in school or register them upon their birth, will be subject to a prison sentence or a fine. The law applies to all children up to the age of 18.
Report child abuse through MOI-hotline: 116111
Contact MOI Child Protection Centre at . 0097123333999