Abu Dhabi launches special tribunals to bring speedy justice to domestic maids.
Summary: Protect them against ill-treatment from sponsors who employ them among other crimes.
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Special tribunals would be set up to look into atrocities and crimes committed against domestic maids.
His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, who serves also as Head of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, issued a resolution to this effecton Wednesday.
The resolution envisages setting up of a public prosecution and specialised judicial circuits at every Court of First Instance to handle cases related to domestic helps. This is part of the strategic priority of the Judicial Department-Abu Dhabi to reinforce the efficiency and sustainability of the judicial operations and guarantee that the judicial services reach out to all segments of the society.
Counsellor Youseof Al Abri, undersecretary of the Judicial Department-Abu Dhabi, said that the resolution aims at delivering verdict in such cases as fast as possible.
Al Abri said the decision falls within Article No (3) of the federal law that was issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on domestic help, which ensures the protection of this category of people from any injustice against them, including discrimination on the basis of race, colour, faith, nationality, or social background.
It will also protect them against ill-treatment from their sponsors and families who employ them, and safeguard their rights against any type of verbal or physical abuse.
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