Know Your Rights

Know your rights

Know Your Rights 

      1. UAE Gender Balance Council

    The U.A.E. Gender Balance Council is a federal entity, which was established to,
    among other things reduce the gender gap across all government sectors, and
    achieve gender balance in decision-making positions

      1. Rights of People with Special Needs

    Foster equality and non-discrimination towards individuals with special needs.

      1. Combating Discrimination and Hatred

    The purpose of this law is to encourage tolerance, co-existence and
    acceptance. Specifically, this law punishes discrimination of individuals based on
    religion, caste, doctrine, race, color or ethnic origin.

      1. Rights of Employees & Employers

    The new U.A.E. Labor Law enhances equality and non-discrimination and prohibits
    harassment and bullying. In particular, one of the objectives of the law, according
    to Article 2, is to provide protection for employees and employers and enable them
    to obtain their rights. Some of the most prominent examples of the rights enforced
    within the Labor Law are outlined below.

    -Equal wage for men and women, when performing the same work

    -Increased maternity leave of 60 days for women

    -Paternity leave of 5 days for men

    -Protection of juveniles. Limitation of working hours and implementing safe
    and secure working conditions.

    -Offers different models of work, like full time, part time, temporary, and
    flexible work. This increases individuals’ access and opportunity to work,
    under different conditions and circumstances.

      1. Rights of Children

    The purpose of this law is to ensure that all children are provided with appropriate
    living standards, access to health services, education, and equal opportunities,
    without any kind of discrimination.

      1. Human Rights Office

    The objective of the Human Rights Office is to enhance the understanding and
    application of human rights, in accordance with the rights enshrined in the UAE
    Constitution and laws, and in conformity to the principles established by
    international conventions.

      1. Dubai Foundation for Women & Children

    The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, which was established in July 2007,
    is a non-profit shelter for women and children, who are victims of domestic
    violence, child abuse, and human trafficking.

      1. Rights Within Justice System

    This law provides for, among other things, the rights of those accused within the
    justice system. Some examples of these rights are outlined below.

    -Evidence and torture: No physical or moral harm shall be applied on the
    accused, and no person shall be subjected to torture or degrading
    treatment. In addition, no criminal penalty may be imposed on anyone
    without proving his conviction according to the law.

    -Translator Requirement: Judicial officers must retain the assistance of a
    translator when the accused, or the witness, or the expert, does not
    understand Arabic.

    -Right to Remain Silent & Knowledge of Crime: The judicial officer must, as
    soon as they arrest, detain, or bring in the accused, and prior to hearing their
    statements, inform them of the crime they are accused of, and of their right
    to remain silent

      1. Remote/Online Services and Systems

    The U.A.E. has also introduced access to numerous remote services. This allows
    individuals to have increased access and rights, depending on their
    circumstances. Some examples are outlined below.

    -Attending Court hearings online.

    -Notarizing a power of attorney online.

    -Applying to get married online.

    -Registering a will online.

      1. Rights Within Personal Status

    Under this law, men and women are equal in all rights and obligations. In addition,
    spouses can apply unilaterally for divorce, without having to justify the
    reason. And, parents can share custody of children under 18, equally

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