UAE issues new anti-hate Law
Published on July 21, 2015
President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued a new decree against all forms of hate-speech and discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin on July 20, 2015. The law applies to discrimination in any form whether speech, written word, books, pamphlets or online.
Any negative actions against God, his apostles, his prophets, holy books, houses of worship and graveyards are also a violation of the law. Terming a person or a group of persons as infidels, or non-believers lies as a violation and will also be punished.
The decree covers several aspects such as prohibiting any meetings or group gatherings that spread and/or ignite religious hatred, funding or receiving financial support for such activities and promoting violence or hate. Violators of the anti-hate law will be subject to jail time from 6 months to 10 years or fines from Dhs50,000 to Dhs2 million.
UAE is a country well known for its tolerance and acceptance to other religions and nationalities; with more than 200 nationalities living in peaceful co-existence, the new law is created to strengthen that position and protect its residents against any form of discrimination and hate.