The National Archives Stresses the Importance of Documents’ Destruction through Legal Methods during the Destruction Commission Meeting

The National Archives Stresses the Importance of Documents’ Destruction through Legal Methods during the Destruction Commission Meeting

The National Archives Stresses the Importance of Documents’ Destruction through Legal Methods during the Destruction Commission Meeting

The National Archives stressed once again the importance of not destroying any document through informal methods, as that may lead to waste and neglect the memory of the nation. The NA called for exerting efforts to preserve the government documents that have national and historical value by monitoring and implementing the processes of document destruction in the government entities in accordance with the criteria followed in the National Archives.
That was revealed during the meeting of the Document Destruction Committee in the National Archives, chaired by H.E. Dr. Abdulla Elreyes, Director-General of the National Archives, and attended by H.E. Majid Al Mehairi, Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of the Committee, to decide on the requests of document destruction received from U.A.E. local and federal government entities.
This approach comes with the aim of preserving the memory of the nation and in and compliance with the provisions of the Federal Law No. (7) of 2008 concerning the National Center for Documentation and Research, modified by Federal Law No. (1) of 2014 concerning the National Archives and its bylaws, particularly Article No. (5) of the law that stipulates “the prohibition of destroying the historical and national documents, and the destruction of the other documents in the manner prescribed therein in accordance with the rules and procedures established by the Board of Directors of the National Archives under the chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan”.
The National Archives exerts distinctive and clear efforts to preserve the government documents that have national and historical value by monitoring and implementing the processes of document destruction at government entities in accordance with the criteria followed in the National Archives.
The National Archives stresses the need for government agencies to undertake not to destroy any document or file without taking the prior written consent of the National Archives, in order to avoid sanctions stipulated in Chapter VIII of the above-mentioned law.
Having considered the destruction of documents received from the U.A.E. federal and local government entities, the Committee praised the entities that have sent the destruction requests and wished all of the official authorities to do the same.
The National Archives sees that every step the official entities take to preserve the public, historical and national documents, which are the property of the UAE serves as a proof of loyalty and belonging to the homeland. It also reflects bearing the national responsibility towards the memory of the nation, which generations should save as they are considered the vessels of information necessary for scientific and historical research, and a source of pride for the future generations of their deep-rooted history and their great leaders. The National Archives confirms that every institution in the United Arab Emirates is a key partner in the preservation of the documents of the nation; because the memory, history and heritage of the nation are the responsibility of everyone.
Photo Caption: Part of the meeting held by the Document Destruction Committee at the National Archives.