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UAE's FNC approves draft law to protect elderly Emiratis

Federal National Council agrees draft legislation to increase punishments for rogue care homes in the UAE

UAE's FNC approves draft law to protect elderly Emiratis

The Federal National Council (FNC) has approved a draft federal law related to Emirati senior citizens.

The law, which defines senior citizens as UAE nationals over the age of 60, will establish teams to protect senior citizens, whose members are specialists with judicial authority and have the appropriate qualifications, state news agency WAM reported.

The law will also increase punishments against anyone who operates an institution for senior citizens whohe elderly which violates the law, through imprisonment and fines of between AED100,000 and AED1 million, or both.

According to the law, care providers of vulnerable senior citizens who neglect their duties, cause injury or commit abuse can also be punished by imprisonment, a fine between AED10,000 and AED50,000, or both.

Anyone else committing violence against senior citizens who cannot care for themselves can be punished by up to two years in prison, fined between AED10,000 and AED50,000, or both.

During the meeting, the FNC said that the law will support the UAE’s well-established humanitarian and social system, especially as it was approved during the Year of Tolerance.