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UAE files first case under new anti discrimination law

No. 02 Law of 2015 bans any form of hate crimes that attack religions through any form, speech, written word, or via online media

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Dubai police filed the first case to fall under a recently-passed law criminalizing discrimination in any form on the foundation of religion, class, race or ethnicity, local media reported.

Deputy Commander of Dubai Police and General Security Lt General Dahi Khalfan Tamim lodged the case against a Saudi national who had tweeted “continuous insults against the UAE and for instigating hatred against the country.”

“Now we have a law that we can use to prosecute all those who make insults and instigate hatred so they will be punished,” he was quoted by the Emarat Al Youm daily.

“This Saudi tweeter has been publishing remarks that instigate hatred against the UAE by spreading baseless rumors and lies,” he added.

“Despite his location, he will be pursued,” Tamim said in reference to an international arrest warrant Dubai police are processing.

No. 02 Law of 2015 bans any form of hate crimes that attack religions through any form, speech, written word, or via online media. The law aims to safeguard the community on the basis of and environment of tolerance and open-mindedness.

The new law also criminalizes any vandalism of religious symbols, rituals or holy rites. Citizens are encouraged to report any form of religious-hate incitement or racism to the authorities.

Penalties for violation of the various provisions of the law include jail-terms of six months to over 10 years and fines from AED50,000 to AED2 million.