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United Nations consultant praises MoI Law Respect Culture Bureau's experience

posted on 03/10/2013: 1966 views



Sultan Hamid Al Jasmi, the United Nations Consultant in the UAE, has praised the idea of establishing the Law Respect Culture Bureau as a pilot experience in the world emphasising the pivotal role that the country aspires to accomplish both internally and overseas.

Al Jasmi made this statement during his meeting with the bureau's team to review the UAE's experience in the field of legal education and promoting legal awareness among individuals.

Stressing that this civilised experience underscores the state's official institutions' commitment to maintaining the personal interest of individuals, he said, "Not only are these institutions disseminating amended laws in line with the evolution of societies, they go beyond what other civilised states do by reaching individuals, acquainting them with applicable laws, and educating them about their rights and obligations in each legislative text.

"This effort is carried out to avoid any liability or legal responsibilities that would subject community members to retribution or punishment, which would negatively affect their public life." He pointed out that each individual's interest is in respecting the law and contributing to them, and advocating respect for them," Al Jasmi added.

Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Salah Obeid Al Ghoul, Director of Law Respect Culture Bureau, indicated that the bureau was established to realise the ultimate vision of Lt. General H. H Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

He noted that with regard to the application of the legal principle, H.H Sheikh Saif said, "Ignorance of the law excuses no one." Al Ghoul added that a great deal of injustice can befall individuals who are not presented with good educational and cultural opportunities; H.H Sheikh Saif ordered the establishment of a bureau dedicated to informing and educating community members about the laws enforced in the state. This information is to be provided in all applicable languages to reach the broadest spectrum of society members.

Furthermore, Lieutenant Colonel Al Ghoul highlighted the goals of the Law Respect Culture Bureau, which is to promote legal awareness and instil the law respect culture in community members of all ages and categories.

"This is to be carried out by creating a social culture among them on the need to respect legislations (written laws) and unwritten laws (values and morals)," he said.

He further stipulated that the laws ought to be followed because of their vital role in protecting their rights and their lives, and ensuring their safety and freedoms. The bureau strives to achieve these goals through two firm approaches; namely, providing legal knowledge, which overcomes ignorance of laws, and instilling respect for the law, which relies upon creating a positive relationship between the individual and the law." Dr. Al Ghoul also stated that ignorance of the law is one of the most common causes of legal violations; that is why delivering the legal message in a simplified and understandable way to a broader spectrum of society became a pressing need. This is done to protect individuals from whatever influences their behaviours that are incompatible with the laws and values of the state, whether by their awareness and understanding, or inadvertently.

Lt. Colonel Dr. Hamoud Saeed Al Afari, Deputy Director of the Law Respect Culture Bureau, noted that this visit is the result of cooperation between the Law Respect Culture Bureau and the representative offices of the United Nations in the country. "Cooperation with international organisations is one the bureau's strategic objectives to convey a civilised image of the UAE and its institutions that strive to provide quality services to the public," concluded Al Afari. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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