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FNC passes antiquities draft law

posted on 21/05/2015: 1837 views

The Federal National Council (FNC) has approved a draft federal law on antiquities, stressing the importance of the law in regulating antiquities' preservation, registration and identification, as well as defining modes of excavation, restoration and strict prohibition against their export.

The approval was announced yesterday at the 15th session of the 15th legislative chapter, chaired by the FNC Speaker Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr.

The session was attended by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development The Council also approved the FNC budget for 2016, totalling Dh 196.4 million. It also submitted a draft federal law on diplomatic medals and decorations to the committee on foreign affairs, planning, petroleum and mineral resources, agriculture and fisheries.

During the previous session, the FNC members discussed six articles of a draft law on antiquities, including a number of penalties to help ensure that the UAE's historic sights and artefacts are neither tampered with nor destroyed.

A new article in the draft law stipulates that the National Council of Tourism and Antiquities shall, in collaboration with the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority and other competent authorities, work to safeguard antiquities at the times of crisis, under a proper emergency plan. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


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