ABUSES committed against household workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), especially in Abu Dhabi, will be meted punishment swiftly and decisively.
This was the assurance made by the leadership of Abu Dhabi as it formed a new public prosecution section and specialized judicial departments to tackle crimes victimizing domestic workers.
The new prosecution section and judicial departments in each Court of First Instance were created by way of a decree issued by Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Al Nahyan is the Deputy Prime Minister and concurrent Minister of Presidential Affairs. He also chairs the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.
The decree aims to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of judicial processes and ensure that services are accessible for everyone. This is to achieve speedy justice and consolidate the principles of tolerance and human rights.
Yousuf Al Abri, undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, stressed the keenness of the UAE’s wise leadership to adopt human rights principles within an integrated system at all social, educational and institutional levels.
He noted that Shaikh Mansour’s decision comes in response to the obligations relating to the implementation of Article 3 of the Federal Law issued by UAE President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The UAE president’s issuance reaffirmed the country’s commitment to protect domestic workers against any violations, including discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, social origin and mistreatment, verbal or physical harassment by their sponsors or forcing them to engage in human trafficking.