Qaoud: Workshop participants enjoy a high degree of awareness
Doha, February 27, 2019
The National Human Rights Committee concluded the workshop, organized in partnership with the United Nations Office for the Training and Documentation of Human Rights in South-West Asia and the Arab Region, on Qatar’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Hilton, Doha, Qatar.
Following the honoring of the participants and the distribution of certificates, Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Moghassib, member of the National Human Rights Committee, said in a press statement: Qatar’s accession to the two covenants constitutes an advanced step forward in the field of the State’s concern to protect and promote human rights and preserve the rights of citizens and residents on its territory, noting that the two international covenants enjoyed a distinguished place in international human rights law, their texts contributed to the development of human rights standards and formed the basis for the adoption of a number of subsequent human rights conventions, such as the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Inhuman or degrading treatment, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, stressing that there are many jurisprudential and judicial jurisprudence have relied on the provisions of the Covenants, and the development and establishment of a regional human rights systems.
For his part, Mr. Alaa Qaoud, Deputy head of the United Nations Office for Training and Documentation said that the workshop was part of the joint cooperation between the National Human Rights committee and the United Nations Office for Training and Documentation and aims to raise awareness and education for employees of government authorities on the rights contained in the International Covenants. The workshop will be followed by a serious of workshops on how to prepare reports for the committees concerned.
Qa’ud said that the National Human Rights Committee has published a simplified version of the two covenants in pamphlets. The participants’ interaction was very high, pointing out that this workshop is a first step in the process of raising awareness on the guarantees contained in the two international covenants. What’s special about this workshop is the representation from various governmental authorities, and other associations and organizations concerned.