Workshop Discusses Online Child Protection
11/01/2012

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Under the auspices and in presence of the Minister of State for Interior Affairs HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the workshop on Child Protection form Internet Risks started on Monday, 9/1/2012 at Inter-Contnental Hotel, Doha. The workshop is being conducted by Juvenile Police Department (JPD) and it will last till Wednesday.

The opening session was attended by the Director General of Public Security HE Staff Major General Saad bin Jassim Al-Khulaifi, legal advisor of HE the Minister of State for Interior Affairs Major General Abdullah Yousuf Al-Mal, the secretary general of Supreme Council for Family Affairs Hamad Mohammed Al-Hajiri, experts and specialists in child protection field, representatives of civil society and a number MoI department directors.

The JPD director Brigadier Nasser Abdul Azeez Al-Musallam welcoming the guests said that children are an important part of the society and they have rights as others. He emphasized that the country and society has responsibility to provide protection for children from the early stages to the adulthood.

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As the children are wealth of the nation, Qatar Vision 2030 has listed child development and protection in priorities, Brigadier said.

Then a film featuring the importance of the workshop was displayed. The three days workshop covers many important aspects of child protection such as : sexual exploitation of children in legal, social and religious perspective, cyber crimes: concept, types and reasons, the emotional and social effect of online exploitation on the child, legal implications of the perpetrators of cyber crimes, the role of media, educational and human rights institutions and civil society in protecting children from these crimes.

The activities started with opening session chaired by the Captain Mohammed Mubarak Al-Shafi, where the American experience in online exploitation of children was discussed by the Program Manager responsible for training and awareness programs at the International Centre for the Protection of exploited and missing children in the United States of America Mr. Guillermo Jalarz.

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He explained that more than one million and two hundred thousand children are being trafficked each year for a number of purposes, including forced labour, sexual exploitation , domestic work, military service, criminal activity, organ theft, drug trafficking, pointing to the need for cooperation of international organizations to protect children from exploitation.

Mr Guillermo said that the Internet has opened new ways for child abusers of which is a major challenge to the security men, and that these crimes are big business for criminals and they bring a lot of money making it difficult to pursue them and arrest them and bring them into justice.

He pointed out that more than 80 countries in the world has no legislation or the laws in this area, where criminals travel for their crimes and it is a global crisis needs to be addresses with concerted efforts from among all countries.

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The second paper in the opening session entitled "The role of police in fighting cyber crimes and the role of the Police Training Institute" was presented by Director Police Training Institute Colonel Dr. Mohamed Abdullah Al-Mahanna Al Marri.

The study recommended the importance of educating policemen on cyber crimes and its economic and moral effects on society as a whole. It also shed light on the need to create rules of procedural terms to help authorities to obtain evidence in this area.

He also called for a legal system that effectively criminalize illegal acts on the Internet and punish the perpetrators and educate members of the judicial and security authorities on these types of crimes and how to deal with them and train them to study and analyze the evidence citing the fact that these crimes are different from traditional crimes and it requires appropriate technical potential to deal with them.

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Dr. Abdul Samad Sakkar, faculty at the Police Training Institute presented a paper on sexual abuse of children: concept, causes, effects and solutions. Director of Family Development Department at Ministry of Social Affairs Prof. Najat Al-Abdullah presented a paper on "How the social institutions can protect children in the era of globalization '.Officer at Cyber Crimes Combating Centre of the Ministry of Interior Lt. Madawi Saeed Al-Qahtani presented a paper on cyber crimes while Waleed Abdul Munim Ameen from Social Protection Department presented a paper on the types and causes of cyber crimes.