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Thursday, January 28, 2021

UAE Decriminalizes Alcohol Consumption and Suicide

The United Arab Emirates, on Saturday, has issued decrees which will officially amend some of its criminal and civil laws including decriminalizing alcohol consumption and suicide.

The United Arab Emirates, on Saturday, has issued decrees which will officially amend some of its criminal and civil laws including decriminalizing alcohol consumption and suicide. 

The Gulf state, in its efforts to boost foreign investments, has made significant changes such as decriminalizing attempted suicide. Treating it as a mental health issue, individuals will now be given support and treatment. A person found to be assisting another to commit suicide however, will be punishable by law. 

Alcohol consumption, even without an alcohol license will not be held as criminally liable. Persons who consume or sell it to individuals under the age of 21, however will still be punished. 

Aside from these, the UAE has also abolished the reduction of sentence for ‘honour crimes’. Crimes committed under the pretense of protecting a female relative’s honor will now be treated as murder or assault, like other crimes. 

Notable changes are also made on laws regarding divorce and inheritance. Settling divorces and inheritance of expatriates will now be done according to the person’s nationality and their country of origin, except for properties bought in UAE, which will be governed by the state’s laws.  

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