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Dr. Al-Kuwari: Any imbalances affecting the elderly group may disrupt the whole life system Al Khalifa: The celebration expresses solidarity […]

Dr. Al-Kuwari: Any imbalances affecting the elderly group may disrupt the whole life system

Al Khalifa: The celebration expresses solidarity towards further work to improve the services provided to the elderly

Doha: 1 October 2019

On the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons, the National Human Rights Committee and the Center for Elderly Empowerment and care of the Elderly (Ihsan) organized a seminar on the rights of the elderly in the State of Qatar.

In his opening speech, Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al-Kuwari, Vice-Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, praised the approval by the State leadership on August 16, 2019, of the Council of Ministers Resolution No. 26 of 2019 establishing the National Committee on Women, Children, the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities. Al-Kuwari said: “We, the National Human Rights Committee consider this decision as an extension of the promotion of the rights of the most vulnerable groups, including the elderly, describing the decision as an important and positive indicator for the protection and protection of human rights in general. Al Kuwari said: we commend this decision, and emphasize the need to expedite its activation and turning it into reality to support the human rights march in the State of Qatar

Al-Kuwari added: “Our sensitivity to the social importance, religious awareness and tradition that we have inherited from generation to generation, along with international recognition of the value of the elderly, make us face great challenges in fulfilling our obligations towards the elderly, pointing out that attention to the elderly comes within the framework of maintaining the social structure, stressing at the same time that any imbalances affecting the category of older people would disturb the entire system of life.”

In the context of the human rights achievements of the State of Qatar in protecting the rights of the elderly, Al-Kuwari addressed the prominent role played by the Center for Empowerment and care of the Elderly (Ihsan) and said: There are great services provided by the Center and high-level service programs to the elderly. “We commend the growing role played by Ihsan in the process of promoting recognition of the role of older people and their contribution to the development of society; we should not fail to mention some of the challenges faced by the Center,” Al Kuwari added.

For his part, Mr. Mubarak bin Abdul Aziz Al Khalifa, Executive Director of the Center for Empowerment and care of the Elderly, Ihsan and NHRC, through this seminar, Monitor the human rights situation of the elderly in the State of Qatar with the aim to enhance the opportunities to realise the rights to serve the elderly, in the light of the second National Development Strategy ( 2018 – 2022).
Al-Khalifa described the efforts made by the Ihsan Center in empowering and caring for the elderly as it meets among the lofty goals and objectives that keep pace with the ethics and religious teachings. He said: These goals make us confident – God willing – of the success of our projects and events, and stressed that the seminar succeeded in shedding light on the human rights situation of the elderly in the Qatari society, and promote the opportunities of the rights of the elderly and enable them to live a social welfare.

Al Kuwari added: We celebrate the International Day of Older Persons and = express our solidarity with more work and strive to improve the services provided to the elderly in the State and their participation, pointing out that the celebration of the International Day of Older Persons began in 1991 as a kind of global solidarity towards highlighting the issues of the elderly, and promoting their social rights. Al Kuwari explained that the seminar aimed to raise awareness of the rights of the elderly and their needs and discuss issues related to their rights with specialists. It also addresses the role of Ihsan Center to achieve community partnership with the bodies of common competence, including the National Human Rights Committee to highlight the human rights situation of the eldery.

The seminar included many working papers in two working sessions, the first session entitled “The rights of the elderly in the Qatari society”, during which Mrs. Ghada Al-Subaie and Ms. Asma Al-Hajjaji from the Qatar Foundation for Social Work presented a working paper entitled (Demographic Transformation in Qatari Society). Ms. Rania Fouad, legal expert at the National Human Rights Committee presented a working paper entitled (Rights of the elderly under international human rights norms and conventions and their preservation within the family and society). In the second working session, which was opened by Mr. Nayef Al-Shammari, Legal Researcher at the National Human Rights Committee, Ms. Najla Al-Khulaifi and Ms. Munira Al-Sada from the Statistics and Planning Authority presented a working paper entitled (Rights of Older Persons in the Second National Development Strategy for Qatar 2018-2022). ). Dr. Hanadi Al-Hamad from the Ministry of Health also presented a working paper entitled (Rights of the elderly in the second national health strategy (2018-2022).

It is worth mentioning that the Center for Empowerment and care of the Elderly, one of the centers under the umbrella of the Qatar Foundation for Social Action has launched an awareness campaign and several events in conjunction with the International Day of Older Persons under the title (their presence is different), with the aim to recognize contributions and achievements In response to the UN call to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons on the first of October each year. the activities of the Ihsan Center also include an educational video presentation in an interesting and entertaining way targeting children in order to train them on the skills of dealing with the elderly. The Center issued the fifth edition of the series Ihsan Awareness series entitled stories and tales include skills to deal with the elderly, which will be distributed to institutions, bodies and the general public in order to provide the reader with skills to deal with the elderly. The center also produced USB flash drivers that include materials about the role of the elderly in the family with the aim of educating the public about the importance of caring for the elderly in its surroundings and emphasizing the importance of the role of the elderly in his family.

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National human rights institutions are part of non-judicial remedies National institutions have an important role to play in providing non-discriminatory […]

National human rights institutions are part of non-judicial remedies

National institutions have an important role to play in providing non-discriminatory remedies

Geneva: 10 October 2019

Sultan bin Hassan Al-Jamali, Assistant Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee stressed that NHRIs perform many functions besides receiving complaints, they make proactive efforts, including monitoring human rights violations in the “state” where business enterprises are believed to commit or involved in, as well as monitoring the performance of the government and business enterprises each in the field of its responsibilities, as well as identifying the impact of investment agreements, corporate law and securities regulation on human rights policies, and other related issues such as labor laws, environmental protection and others. Al Jamali added that NHRIs that comply with the Paris Principles play an important role in assisting States to determine whether relevant laws are in line with their human rights obligations and whether they are effectively implemented, as well as in providing guidance on human rights to business enterprises.

Addressing Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Facilitating Access to Remedies for business-related human rights violations, organized by the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises from 10 to 11 October at the Palais des Nations, Al-Jamali emphasized the role of NHRIs in ensuring effective remedies in a non-discriminatory manner and provide formal public reports, with particular attention to the rights and needs of individuals belonging to groups or population that that might be doubly vulnerable, such as workers, women and children, whether business enterprises are national or transnational, and regardless of their size, sector, location, ownership and structure, pointing out that The independence of NHRIs and their access to the necessary resources is essential for making “business and human rights” part of the global movement in the application of the Guiding Principles in the country concerned.

Al-Jamali reviewed the experience of the National Human Rights Committee in the State of Qatar, pointing out that we have considered the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and have ensured that the Committee:

Legitimate: A law has been issued clarifying its terms of reference and financing. The practical exercise reflects the fair conduct of grievance processes; where the law establishing the committee includes among its competences considering human rights violations, addressing complaints received and coordinating with the competent authorities to take the necessary action and propose ways to address them and prevent their recurrence. As a permanent and structured mechanism for receiving and dealing with citizens and residents’ complaints, the committee created a 24/7 hotline to receive complaints in several languages. In addition to receiving the complainants at the committee’s headquarters and providing free legal advice and opening files to document and deal with cases, the committee concluded an agreement with a group of 30 lawyers to provide free consultations and legal representation before the competent court for labor cases; Accessible: known to all stakeholder groups and providing adequate assistance for those who may face particular barriers to access. the Committee has launched offices for the African, Indian, Pakistani, Indonesian and Nepalese communities to enable further access; Predictable: providing a clear and known procedure with an indicative timeframe for each stage. It would take one week to take action with regard to a complaint, and as for follow-upping with government bodies, it would not take more than one month; Equitable: seeking to ensure that aggrieved parties have reasonable access to sources of information, advice and expertise necessary to engage in a grievance process on fair, informed and respectful terms, by means of qualified staff and experts providing legal advice as well as lawyers to contribute to raising grievances to judicial mechanisms; Transparent: The NHRC keeps parties to a grievance informed about its progress and providing sufficient information about the mechanism’s performance and other remedies available; Rights-compatible: The NHRC ensure that outcomes and remedies accord with internationally recognized human rights; and Based on engagement and dialogue: the NHRC consulting the stakeholder groups on human rights issues, such as bills, procedures and practices, as well as challenges and opportunities to address and resolve grievances.

Al Jamali concluded that The NHRC has maintained close cooperation with civil society through a number of memorandums of understanding to guarantee unified visions on human rights issues, exchange information, raise capacity, collaborate to solve the problems of those affected, and discuss situations to consider how assistance might best be provided.

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Doha: 6 September 2019 The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) received at its headquarters a delegation of senior members of […]

Doha: 6 September 2019

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) received at its headquarters a delegation of senior members of the US Congress. The delegation was received by Vice-Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr. Mohammed Saif Al Kuwari, along with a number of directors and legal experts. The meeting dealt with a number of human rights issues, including the efforts of the NHRC to protect the workers’ rights, and cooperation with United Nations bodies, international and civil society organizations. The delegation inquired about the the composition of the committee, which is made up of 13 members, 9 of whom were representatives of civil society and 4 representing government ministries who cannot vote in decisions taken by members. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Committee shall be selected among the members representing civil society. The delegation inquired about the role of the Committee in spreading the culture of human rights, and the NHRC officials stated that The Committee has a five-year strategic plan which includes organizing lectures, campaigns and programs targeting workers and employers, they are organized in a number of places where workers are present. The delegation was briefed also about the community offices launched in the Committee to facilitate the processing of complaints and 24/7 hotline, and the role played by the reception and registration section of the Department of Legal Affairs, which provides free legal advice to received complaints.

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At a time when the National Human Rights Committee and international organizations were hoping that the Saudi authorities would resolve […]

At a time when the National Human Rights Committee and international organizations were hoping that the Saudi authorities would resolve the humanitarian crisis, lift the violations and compensate the victims of the blockade, the Saudi authorities issued a statement broadcasted by the Saudi press agency on September 7, 2019, to mislead public opinion and provide pretexts to justify violations, unilateral sanctions and arbitrary measures, and claim that they have addressed the violations resulting from the blockade.

The Saudi authorities are once again making an unsuccessful attempt to deceive public opinion and the international community by giving misleading statistics and figures to cover up their violations against citizens and residents of the State of Qatar.

Using policies to conceal the facts will not benefit the Saudi authorities and will not protect them from condemnations and demands to compensate the victims and to stop violating their rights.

Since the beginning of the blockade, the National Human Rights Committee has addressed the relevant human rights bodies in Saudi Arabia with the aim to eliminate the damages affecting the rights of the victims and preventing them from obtaining justice.

However, the NHRC has not received any response. Furthermore, the Saudi authorities did not allow the technical mission of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit the Saudi Arabia in November 2017 to evaluate the impact of the measures taken on human rights. In addition, there has been no response from the Saudi authorities to the communications addressed to Saudi Arabia from the UN special rapporteurs and international organizations.

Moreover, the report submitted by the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights to the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council held from 9 to 27 September 2019, affirmed in paragraph 38 that “The restrictive measures imposed by various Gulf countries on Qatar remain in force.”

The unilateral measures and sanctions imposed on the State of Qatar constitute a full-fledged blockade against citizens and residents of the State of Qatar, which in turn constitutes a flagrant violation of all international human rights conventions and norms, and this cannot be justified under any pretext, according to the international reports. The majority of violations by the Saudi authorities are documented by the United Nations bodies, international organisations and some specialized international institutions.

From this perspective, The National Human Rights Committee affirms that it shall continue to provide these organisations with all the required data and documents. On the other hand, the Saudi authorities should take the following actions, if their claims are founded:

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to allow the UN-OHCHR technical mission to visit Saudi Arabia to evaluate the impact of violations resulting from coercive measures taken.

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to approve the establishment of a fact-finding committee by the Human Rights Council to visit Saudi Arabia to establish the facts and circumstances surrounding the human rights violations resulting from the blockade.

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to recognize the competence of the International Court of Justice in accordance with article 22 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination to consider its claims that there are no human rights violations resulting from the blockade.

From this rostrum, The NHRC notes that respect for human rights should begin with the recognition of the role of international protection and accountability mechanisms, rather than simply claiming through statements to decisive and mislead international opinion.

Sunday, 9 Moharram 1441
8th September ‘2019
Doha, Qatar

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The National Human Rights Committee welcomes the decision of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva […]

The National Human Rights Committee welcomes the decision of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva to declare the admissibility of the two complaints filed by the State of Qatar against the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia about the discriminatory measures imposed on Qatari citizens since June 2017, and the continuing grave violations of the rights of citizens and residents of Qatar. These complaints were submitted in accordance with Articles (11), (12) and (13) of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination adopted in 1965.

Expressing its utmost satisfaction with this decision, the National Human Rights Committee considers this decision an important step towards the recognition by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination that violations against citizens and residents of the State of Qatar fall within the scope of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Additionally, the decision proves beyond any doubt that the violations and collective punishments imposed by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia constitute a criminal offence pursuant to the Convention.

This historic decision come to refute allegations, media misconceptions and statements of officials of those countries. The decision is also considered a preliminary victory for the victims, preceding the forthcoming CERD’s decision to condemn the discriminatory measures that the UAE and Saudi Arabia have continued to practice against citizens and residents of Qatar.

The National Human Rights Committee considers the decision to declare the admissibility of the complaints in terms of form as an important achievement, as well as a step towards redressing and compensating the victims for violations and damages resulting from the unjust blockade.

The National Human Rights Committee stresses that, despite all global efforts to combat racial discrimination, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia continue to be intransigent and defy international laws and conventions by taking punitive measures that constitute offences of racial discrimination against citizens and residents of Qatar. Indeed, such practices have become an established approach to their policy and international relations.

The decision by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is considered a strong indictment, that has joined previous indictments against the United Arab Emirates, such as the report of the OHCHR technical mission to the state of Qatar issued in December 2017, the order of the International Court of Justice of 23 July 2018 on the request for the indication of provisional measures, European Parliament resolutions, and the reports of both international organizations and the National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar.

The National Human Rights Committee looks forward to a decision by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in the coming months, to condemn definitively and decisively the discriminatory and racist actions taken by these states against citizens and residents of Qatar.

The National Human Rights Committee concludes by reaffirming its determination to defend the rights of victims, who have suffered since the beginning of the blockade imposed by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Thursday, 28 Dhu al-Hijjah 1440
29 August 2019
Doha, Qatar

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The National Human Rights Committee has learned from credible resources that the 70-year-old Qatari citizen Ali Nasser Ali Jarallah and […]

The National Human Rights Committee has learned from credible resources that the 70-year-old Qatari citizen Ali Nasser Ali Jarallah and his 17-year-old son Abdulhadi have entered KSA under a family permit on Thursday, August 15, 2019, and that they forcibly disappeared since Sunday, August 18, 2019, at 1 pm, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, after they were arrested by the Saudi authorities and kept in an undisclosed location.

The National Human Rights Committee condemns the enforced disappearance of the Qatari citizen and his son, which violates their rights to liberty and security in addition to all international and regional instruments, especially Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Article 14 of the Arab Charter on Human Rights.

The National Human Rights Committee expresses its concern about the enforced disappearance of the Qatari citizens, especially as the Saudi authorities have recently pursued a policy of enforced disappearance of a number of Qatari citizens due to the political crisis.

The National Human Rights committee holds Saudi Arabia fully responsible for the life, physical integrity and safety of the Qatari citizen Ali Nasser Ali Jarallah and his son Abdulhadi, and calls upon the Saudi authorities to disclose their fate and release them immediately.

The National Human Rights Committee urgently calls on the High Commissioner for Human Rights, The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and the Human Rights Council to intervene immediately to stop these systematic and gross violations against Qatari citizens.

19 Dhu al-Hijjah 1440
20 August 2019
Doha, Qatar

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The National Human Rights Committee received from reliable sources information indicating that the health situation of the Qatari student Abdel Aziz […]

The National Human Rights Committee received from reliable sources information indicating that the health situation of the Qatari student Abdel Aziz Said Abdullah, detained arbitrarily in the prisons of Saudi Arabia, has deteriorated due to the adverse conditions of his arbitrary detention and willful  negligence he has been subjected to.

It is worth mentioning that the Qatari student has forcibly disappeared since July 6, 2018, before the Saudi authorities announced his whereabouts last May to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.

According to the source, the Qatari student is placed in solitary confinement since the date of his arrest and is subjected to torture to force him to confess to acts he did not commit.

The NHRC expressed its concern about information indicating that his health has recently deteriorated due to the willful negligence he has been subjected to, without being examined by a doctor or taken to the hospital to be provided with health care and treatment.

The NHRC condemns the arbitrary detention of Abdel Aziz, which violates international laws and conventions, especially article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The NHRC holds the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia fully responsible for the life of the Qatari student Abdul Aziz Saeed Abdullah and his health and physical integrity, and calls on the Saudi Authorities to release him immediately.

The NHRC calls on the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the UN Human Rights Council to intervene to stop these grave violations, and hold accountable those responsible for these violations, and immediately release the Qatari student Abdel Aziz Said Abdullah.

31 July 2019, 28 Dhu’l -Q 1440
Doha, Qatar

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The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar welcomes the release of the Qatari citizen Mohsen Saleh Saadoun Al-Karbi, who was […]

The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar welcomes the release of the Qatari citizen Mohsen Saleh Saadoun Al-Karbi, who was denied the most basic rights to communicate with his family or his lawyer while he has been forcibly disappeared in Saudi Arabia since 21 April 2018, during which his family failed to locate his place of detention or know the charge against him.

The National Human Rights Committee was in constant contact with United Nations bodies, international organizations and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, and has been demanding that Saudi Arabia reveal the whereabouts of the Qatari citizen and calling for his release.

The National Human Rights committee calls on the Saudi authorities to compensate the Qatari citizen Muhsin Al-Karbi for the harm suffered during his enforced disappearance.

The National Human Rights Committee also demands that the Saudi authorities release the Qatari student, Abdulaziz Saeed Abdullah, who has been arbitrarily detained in Saudi prisons since July 2018, without being brought to trial, and calls on UN agencies and international organizations to conduct extensive investigations into the gross and systematic violations and discriminatory measures against Qatari nationals by Saudi authorities.

The National Human Rights committee also calls on the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism and the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to take swift and effective actions to release the Qatari student arbitrarily detained by the Saudi authorities.

18 Dhul-Qadah 1440,
21 July 2019
Doha, Qatar

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Al Marri: The UN General Assembly resolution stressed the need to protect national institutions and their staff and not to […]

Al Marri:

The UN General Assembly resolution stressed the need to protect national institutions and their staff and not to reduce their budgets

During the process of accreditation of institutions, the sub-committee on Accreditation attaches the utmost importance to the mechanism for the formation of members and the process of their selection and dismissal

Rabat: 9 July 2019

The Minister of Justice of the Kingdom of Morocco, Hon. Mohamed Aujjar received Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Marri, on the sidelines of the opening of the training workshop organized by the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions, and The National Human Rights Commission in Morocco on the accreditation of national institutions by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions during the period from 9 to 11 July. The meeting discussed ways of cooperation between the two sides in the fields of promotion and protection of human rights.

In his opening speech at the workshop, Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri stressed the necessity of protecting the national institutions and their staff from any pressures related to reducing their financial budgets and interfering in their affairs and undermining their independence and neutrality, as well as not obstructing their work as per the Resolution of the Secretary General of the United Nations of 2017, which called for greater engagement with United Nations bodies and mechanisms and reaffirmed the need for national institutions, their members and staff not to face any form of retaliation or intimidation, Including political pressure, physical intimidation, harassment or undue budgetary constraints, as a result of activities undertaken in accordance with their respective mandates.

In his capacity as Secretary-General of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh stressed the importance of implementing procedures to ensure that the activities of NHRIs are carried out as planned and applications for accreditation are submitted to the Global Alliance in an effective manner, while addressing the challenges that face NHRIs in accordance with the Paris Principles and the observations of the sub-committee on Accreditation of the Global Alliance.

Al-Marri reviewed his experience on the subject of accreditation of NHRIs, based on his previous work as a member of the sub-committee on Accreditation and as the present Secretary General of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions and Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, stressing the importance of obtaining status A by NHRIs in recognition of their credibility and an opportunity to expand its participation in international and regional forums

Dr. Al Marri said: “What is more important than the accreditation itself is that the process of submitting applications to the sub- committee on Accreditation helps to assess the institution’s compliance with the Paris Principles. This constitutes an opportunity for NHRIs to conduct self-evaluation and then to hold its work accountable in order to improve its performance and to address any shortcomings in its performance. Preparation for accreditation also helps to identify the extent to which the criteria set out in the Paris Principles are implemented, particularly those relating to the composition, selection and dismissal process, stressing that through his experience as a member of the Accreditation Committee over four years, the issue of independence and impartiality in the selection of members was a priority for the Accreditation Committee. Al-Marri called for the workshop to focus on this aspect and benefit from the various experiences and exchange of information in this regard, noting that the implementation of the criteria for membership of national institutions in accordance with the recommendations of the Accreditation Committee is a matter that needs further discussion and lighting for national human rights institutions in the Arab region.

The International Accreditation Committee considers at least twenty criteria within the so-called Paris Principles, the most important of which are the Articles of association, requirements for Membership, Independence and Immunity, composition, Employment and Budget, and the application of the functions of the institutions in the Construction Law, as well as the role of institutions in encouraging governments to accede to international conventions and implement the recommendations of the treaty bodies and the mechanism of universal periodic review, as well as its role in disseminating the culture of human rights, the publication of substantive annual reports, and the issuance of press releases and press statements.

Al-Marri noted the importance of reviewing the accreditation of national institutions every five years as a practical evaluation tool for institutions to ensure that their efforts continue in the right direction. He said: “Through my experience as a member of the accreditation committee, I have noticed that working hard to implement the recommendations of the Accreditation Committee is itself a measure of the efficiency of the institution. The accreditation is a manifestation of the confidence of the Global Alliance.

It is noteworthy that the workshop came within the framework of increasing international, regional and national interest of countries in the establishment of national human rights institutions in accordance with the Paris Principles. The number of NHRIs around the world increased to a total of 124 institutions, of which 79 are accredited as “A”, five of them from the Arab region . This attention is attributed to the broad functions and powers that these institutions have assumed, which make them a central pillar of the national system for the protection and promotion of human rights.In order for these institutions to fulfill their role, they must meet the criteria of independence, impartiality and pluralism and must be empowered with sufficient human and financial resources to allow them to exercise their functions in all spheres

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– Exchange of experiences with regard to the affairs of expatriate workers and improvement of their welfare – Developing a […]

– Exchange of experiences with regard to the affairs of expatriate workers and improvement of their welfare

– Developing a plan to implement the recommendations of international conferences held in the State of Qatar on human rights

– Coordination between the two sides to monitor and respond to the human rights violations in Qatar

– Joint work on legislative harmonization with international human rights standards

Doha: July 7, 2019

The National Human Rights Committee and administrative development, labour and social affairs stressed the need for cooperation to exchange experiences in matters relating to labor and improve their welfare in the State of Qatar to achieve the public interest and to ensure a mechanism for joint cooperation in a manner that promotes coordination between them according to Qatar National Vision 2030, And the National Strategy of the State (2017-2022).

This came in a memorandum of understanding signed by the two sides at the headquarters of the NHRC, by Ms. Maryam Bint Abdullah Al Attiyah and Mr. Mohammed Hassan Al Obaidli, Deputy Undersecretary for Labor Affairs. The Memorandum of Understanding recognizes the importance of cooperation between the two parties, which contributes to the dissemination and promotion of the culture of human rights and the protection of these rights. The memorandum emphasized that the two parties would cooperate in a manner consistent with the general objectives and work strategy and competencies of each of them in the field of public awareness of human rights principles and standards. The scope of cooperation also includes: first: knowledge production to achieve legislative harmonization with international human rights standards in order to achieve openness to regional and international bodies and to cooperate in the field of international and regional conferences, second: joint contribution to national, regional and international human rights events, third: As well as aspects relating to the human rights situation in areas related to the work of the two sides, fourth: strategic cooperation to develop public awareness of human rights principles and standards in the preparation and issuance of manuals, guidebooks, brochures, fifth:  launching joint media campaigns on issues of common concern with a view to disseminating the culture and principles of human rights, and sixth: exchange of experiences through workshops, conferences, seminars and training programs held by both parties to spread the desired benefit in the field of human rights.

The two sides stressed the importance of cooperation in the field of knowledge production and agreed on an agenda to discuss phenomena and problems of common concern that can be monitored in the local context or extrapolated in relevant UN resolutions through analytical descriptive studies, field studies, Work, interactive dialogues and so on. The MOU called for action to achieve legislative harmonization with international human rights standards and to seek the greatest possible compatibility between legislation relevant to the parties and international human rights instruments. Furthermore, the memorandum provided for cooperation to open up to regional and international bodies and using experiences of the two parties to open up to the organizations and bodies concerned with regional and international human rights (governmental and non-governmental) to achieve the common objectives of both parties, as well as monitoring what may be raised about the human rights situation in the State, and coordination between the parties to respond to them.

The memorandum of understanding also includes aspects of cooperation in the field of international and regional conferences and the development of a plan to implement the recommendations of the international conferences held in the State of Qatar on the issues of mutual interest and related human rights and joint conferences organized by the committees and national human rights institutions. In addition to the importance of cooperation on joint cooperation in national, regional and international human rights events including the Arab Human Rights Day (16 March each year), the Qatari Human Rights Day (November 11 of each year), and International Human Rights Day (10 December of each year), as well as the preparation of manuals at relevant United Nations, regional and national human rights events.

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