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Anti-discrimination law enacted in United Arab Emirates

A law that crimilises discrimination on the grounds of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin was enacted on Monday.

The Anti-Discriminatory Law, issued following a decree by President Sheikh Khalifa is intended to provide a “sound foundation for the environment of tolerance, broad­ mindedness and acceptance in the UAE and aims to safeguard people regardless of their origin, beliefs or race, against acts that promote religious hate and intolerance”.

The law will prohibit anyone insulting God, prophets, holy books or houses of worship.

The penalty for breaking the law includes jail time ranging from 6 months to 10 years and fines from Dh50,000 to Dh2 million.

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