The ministry has turned down their application on the grounds that the goals stated in the articles of association didn't fall under the provisions of the Public Interest Societies Law.
The founding board of the EAA said the ministry’s decision was a ‘let down’ for more than 400 advocates seeking to set up their society for the past two years.
“By doing so, the Ministry of Social Affairs is following the same path taken by the former Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs despite the change of circumstances and the country’s bid to promote social organisations,'' the board said in a Press statement.
The EAA board said that it would take all legal measures to obtain the permission if the ministry didn’t address their complaint within 30 days.
Mohammed Al Suweidi, chairman of the founding board, said the advocates were keen to promote cooperation with the ministry. It is, therefore, necessary to incorporate the required amendment it proposes to ensure the launch of the society so that it can play its due role in serving the interests of the community.
The statement urged the ministry to suggest suitable amendments in the articles of association of the proposed asociation to bring its objectives in line with the public interest societies' law. The law authorises the ministry to incorporate amendments it sees necessary to the articles of association.
The statement said the objectives of the association, which are of a social nature, are compatible with the law.
The statement quoted Article (1) of the Public Interest Societies Law, which calls for creating bodies to foster cultural activities and Article 33 of the UAE Constitution, which allows citizens to set up societies under the umbrella of the law.As the social affairs ministry has awarded licences to a number of professional societies like accountants, engineers, teachers and contractors, advocates as practitioners of an independent profession, also deserve the same treatment, the statement said. All nationals practising different professions should be treated on equal footing without any discrimination.
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