10 years in jail and up to Dh1m in fines for care givers in UAE found with child pornography

by Hassan Elhais

People entrusted with child care who create or distribute child pornography face at least 10 years in jail and fines of up to Dh1 million, the final version of the Child Protection Law stipulates.

Informally named Wadeema’s Law, in memory of an eight-year-old Emirati girl tortured to death by her father and his girlfriend, the legislation covers abuse and criminal negligence of children. It took effect on June 15 this year.

The legislation included 75 articles that cover new provisions not addressed by other laws, said Jassim Al Hosni, the first judge of appeals at Dubai Courts.

He said the law specified that offenders could not claim ignorance of their victim’s age as their defence.

“It is noteworthy that Article 70 of the law stipulates that the offender may not claim that they are unaware of the victim’s age,” Mr Al Hosni said.

The law prohibits production, distribution, display and possession of any photos where a child is depicted in an indecent position, whether real or simulated.

Communications companies and network service providers must notify authorities if child pornography is circulated on the internet and provide information on the people or sites circulating such material.

Failing to report will result in a minimum of six months in jail and fines of between Dh100, 000 and Dh1m.

If people entrusted with child care are found taking part in producing or filming pornographic material, they can be imprisoned for at least 10 years.

Possession of child pornography will lead to a year in jail and a minimum fine of Dh100, 000. Using the internet or other forums to transmit such material will lead to similar punishments.

The law also prohibits torturing or harming a child, with offenders facing fines of at least Dh50, 000. Parents or guardians can be fined more than Dh5, 000 for failing to register a child at birth, not enrolling them in school and for abandoning them.

Prevention is a key element of the new law, said Hassan Elhais, legal consultant at Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants. “I believe this law will make a major difference and it will be followed by many other countries in the Middle East,” Mr Elhais said. “This law achieves all three points. It will make any potential criminal think twice before committing any of the crimes listed. The law gives the highest protection to children. It really aims to protect children from a small age until they grow up.”

Aid workers believe there will be fewer cases of abuse with the new law.

“There is no doubt that the Child Protection Law will help reduce child abuse and violation of their privacy,” said Ahmed Al Tartoor, a senior official with Sharjah’s Social Services Department’s children’s rights section.

“The enactment of strict laws will keep them away from harm.”


DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Hassan Elhais | Attorney Advertising

Written by:

Hassan Elhais

Hassan Elhais on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
Sign up using*

Already signed up? Log in here

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Privacy Policy (Updated: October 8, 2015):

JD Supra provides users with access to its legal industry publishing services (the "Service") through its website (the "Website") as well as through other sources. Our policies with regard to data collection and use of personal information of users of the Service, regardless of the manner in which users access the Service, and visitors to the Website are set forth in this statement ("Policy"). By using the Service, you signify your acceptance of this Policy.

Information Collection and Use by JD Supra

JD Supra collects users' names, companies, titles, e-mail address and industry. JD Supra also tracks the pages that users visit, logs IP addresses and aggregates non-personally identifiable user data and browser type. This data is gathered using cookies and other technologies.

The information and data collected is used to authenticate users and to send notifications relating to the Service, including email alerts to which users have subscribed; to manage the Service and Website, to improve the Service and to customize the user's experience. This information is also provided to the authors of the content to give them insight into their readership and help them to improve their content, so that it is most useful for our users.

JD Supra does not sell, rent or otherwise provide your details to third parties, other than to the authors of the content on JD Supra.

If you prefer not to enable cookies, you may change your browser settings to disable cookies; however, please note that rejecting cookies while visiting the Website may result in certain parts of the Website not operating correctly or as efficiently as if cookies were allowed.

Email Choice/Opt-out

Users who opt in to receive emails may choose to no longer receive e-mail updates and newsletters by selecting the "opt-out of future email" option in the email they receive from JD Supra or in their JD Supra account management screen.


JD Supra takes reasonable precautions to insure that user information is kept private. We restrict access to user information to those individuals who reasonably need access to perform their job functions, such as our third party email service, customer service personnel and technical staff. However, please note that no method of transmitting or storing data is completely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of user information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time.

If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, you must immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us at info@jdsupra.com. In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your user information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development and, if so, will endeavor to do so as promptly as practicable under the circumstances.

Sharing and Disclosure of Information JD Supra Collects

Except as otherwise described in this privacy statement, JD Supra will not disclose personal information to any third party unless we believe that disclosure is necessary to: (1) comply with applicable laws; (2) respond to governmental inquiries or requests; (3) comply with valid legal process; (4) protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of JD Supra, users of the Service, Website visitors or the public; (5) permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain; and (6) enforce our Terms & Conditions of Use.

In the event there is a change in the corporate structure of JD Supra such as, but not limited to, merger, consolidation, sale, liquidation or transfer of substantial assets, JD Supra may, in its sole discretion, transfer, sell or assign information collected on and through the Service to one or more affiliated or unaffiliated third parties.

Links to Other Websites

This Website and the Service may contain links to other websites. The operator of such other websites may collect information about you, including through cookies or other technologies. If you are using the Service through the Website and link to another site, you will leave the Website and this Policy will not apply to your use of and activity on those other sites. We encourage you to read the legal notices posted on those sites, including their privacy policies. We shall have no responsibility or liability for your visitation to, and the data collection and use practices of, such other sites. This Policy applies solely to the information collected in connection with your use of this Website and does not apply to any practices conducted offline or in connection with any other websites.

Changes in Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time. Please refer to the date at the top of this page to determine when this Policy was last revised. Any changes to our privacy policy will become effective upon posting of the revised policy on the Website. By continuing to use the Service or Website following such changes, you will be deemed to have agreed to such changes. If you do not agree with the terms of this Policy, as it may be amended from time to time, in whole or part, please do not continue using the Service or the Website.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, your dealings with this Web site, or if you would like to change any of the information you have provided to us, please contact us at: info@jdsupra.com.

- hide
*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.
Feedback? Tell us what you think of the new jdsupra.com!