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The regional workshop entitled “Legal prospects for asylum” was launched in December 22, 2014, It was organized by the National […]

The regional workshop entitled “Legal prospects for asylum” was launched in December 22, 2014, It was organized by the National Human Rights Committee in cooperation with the regional Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Mrs. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee, in a speech which Mr. Jaber Al Hwail Director of the Legal Affairs at the NHRC gave on her behalf at the opening of the training workshop, mentioned that the international community had sought to regulate the right to shelter through the issuance and approval of numerous international declarations and conventions, including the United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees of 1951, 1967 Protocol and 1969 OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems, The Arab League Extradition Agreement that was approved by the Council of the League of Arab States on September 14,1952.

Al-Attiyah stressed that the importance of the subject of this symposium especially in light of the increasing number of refugees in the Arab and Islamic countries in recent years as a result of global and regional developments in the region, which requires international cooperation and activation of legitimacy and legal provisions related to the right of asylum. convening this regional workshop came to consolidate, develop and integrate all aspects of cooperation and joint action in order to effectuate the cooperation agreement signed in 2012 between the NHRC and regional office of the UNHCR in the areas of exchange of experiences and the development of national capacity. this regional two-day workshop addresses several important issues relating to Refugees affairs in the International, regional and national legal frameworks, asylum in Islam in the light of the International Bill of Human Rights, the principle of non-refoulement, the right of litigation, and other important topics.

Dr. Yousif Al Daradkeh, protection officer at the Regional office the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Gulf Cooperation Council commended the outstanding role played by the State of Qatar in terms of humanitarian and charity work at the national, regional and international levels. He extended thanks and gratitude to the State of Qatar, institutions and associations concerned with humanitarian support for refugees and immigrants, particularly for Syrians refugees and immigrants.

The workshop included sessions held during two days to familiarize participants with some comparative studies on the subject of asylum and general discussions; including the framework of international refugee law by Mr. Saher Mohiuddin, protection officer at the Regional Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kuwait, in which he discussed international human rights law, international humanitarian law, common principles between them and the Convention 1951 status of Refugees and its provisions, objectives and definition of refugee protection laws, and the role of UNHCR.

Mr. Yousif Al Daradkeh presented a working paper entitled “A comparative study on Asylum in Islam” in which he discussed the right to shelter in Islam, conditions for granting asylum, the rules prescribed for the right to asylum in the Koran, including the measure of no expulsion or the principle of non-refoulement and the imposition of penalties on account of illegal entry or presence of a refugee who enters or is present in territories of states and other relevant topics.

Ms. Rania Fouad Abdul Hakim Jadallah, legal expert at the National Human Rights Committee, presented a working paper entitled “The role of civil society organizations in the protection of the rights of refugees”, she added that worldwide security and freedom in all its forms are considered one of the greatest challenges in the twentieth century, she discussed several points relating to the common lack of clarity in the legal status of the asylum seeker, their basic rights, including the principle of non-refoulement and other punitive measures in case of illegal entry or illegal residence in the State of the shelter.

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In the framework of the deployment of the human rights culture, the National Human Rights Committee implements organizes an educational […]

In the framework of the deployment of the human rights culture, the National Human Rights Committee implements organizes an educational project in collaboration with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, targeting students of secondary schools. Sheikha Al Jawhara Mohammed Al Thani, director of program and education department, at the National Human Rights Committee stated that convening this project comes from the Committee’s strategy to promote the goals behind its establishment including the consolidation and dissemination of human rights culture in the community, the protection of human rights and the dissemination of educational awareness to students about their rights. She added that there are also a group of sub-objectives of the project which can be summarized as based on positive communication with students to hone their abilities and introduce their rights, in addition to preparation of cadres of students to participate and communicate with the NHRC, educating them how to express their opinions freely and communicate with each other, encountering the phenomenon of public violence, and encouraging students to participate in public life.
Sheikha Al Jawhara stated that the themes and programs of the project include working on the integration of educational guidelines in curriculum, as well as the deployment of culture of human rights among students, activating their participation with the NHRC through lectures introducing principles and concepts of human rights and protection mechanisms, preparation of a school wall magazine addressing human rights topics, In addition to the preparation and publication of articles on topics human rights, participation of the NHRC in the Student Parliament, introducing legal topics of interest to students, adopting graduation projects for some of the students by the NHRC, as well as the participation of students with a delegation of the Committee in international forums on discussing the state reports on human rights. The project seeks to form human rights groups at schools with the goal of defending the rights of students in particular and human rights in general and preparing periodic reports on the problems facing students inside or outside the school, allocation of a day in all schools known as “Human Rights Day” and allocating a period of time (an hour or two) of the school day to discuss human rights issues in which a lecture shall be given on the nature and culture of the Qatari society, conducting competitions in the field of human rights, conducting field visits to some government bodies to learn about practices for the promotion and protection of human rights including the National Human Rights committee, the Public Prosecution, courts, the Shura Council, and some security departments of the Ministry of Interior. The project also includes the establishment of an annual exhibition contains paintings related to human rights and displaying parts of the book of “human rights in Islam”; displaying cartons on human rights and the rights of the disabled, workers.
The project has begun on Sunday, November 30th, 2014  at Qatar Academy Secondary School, where Ms. Rania Fouad, legal expert at the NHRC gave a lecture on the definition of human rights and mandates of the NHRC. While Mr. Mo’men Al Dardiri, Legal Counsel at the NHRC gave a lecture on the right to justice. Lectures at Qatar Academy Secondary School shall be until Tuesday, December 2nd, 2012 on several issues including the right to identity and citizenship, the right to equality and non-discrimination and the right to work as well as the definition of the rights of the disabled persons.

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The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) released two new guide books for education and healthcare centers in co-operation with the […]

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) released two new guide books for education and healthcare centers in co-operation with the Supreme Education Council and Supreme Council of Health.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, author of the guides, Dr. Mohammed Saif al Kuwari said, “These guidelines further boost NHRC’s goals to protect human rights in Qatar. They elaborate an individual’s right to education and right to good health at education and healthcare centers; rights to education and health are enshrined in Articles 49 and 23 of the Permanent Constitution of the State of Qatar issued in 2004; the right to education leads to empowering and strengthening other rights, without proper education a person will neither know his/her rights, violations nor be able to defend them where the healthcare guide aims to monitor human rights related to health, identify infringements, violations, providing suggestions and assistance to solve them. Both guides have five chapters each that cover constitution, international conventions, laws, education and health systems, standards, services, safety and references. The right to education is guaranteed by all regional, international conventions, charters and treaties such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), Convention on the Rights of the Child, Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.The education guide aims at setting conditions and standards for  the state of human rights related to ensuring the right to education in order to boost and protect them, the objective of the preparation of the guide is to take advantage of monitoring human rights situation in learning institution, as the targeted groups in the guide are students of all groups and various educational levels, the guide aims to set standards of human rights to ensure every citizen’s right to education according to applicable regulations and laws of the State, t endeavors to empower persons with disabilities to equally gain good and collective learning in the societies they live. Similarly, every member of the society has the right to receive the best quality of healthcare as per the Constitution of Qatar, Arab, regional and international conventions and charters. It should take into account a resident’s physical, mental and social conditions without delay or discrimination because of race, religion, or other such factors, the preamble of the guide to hospitals and healthcare centers says.”

The guide for human rights to education and learning centers came among several clues, including five chapters ,The first entry tackles education and human rights, The second is discussed in light of the educational guide according to the constitution in addition to the national, Arabic, and International laws, The third displays the educational system, The forth explains the educational set, and The fifth deals with indicators of education quality in regards of adopted international standards.

The guide for human rights to health, hospitals and healthcare centers came among several clues, including six chapters, The first chapter tackles Healthcare in the Constitution, National, Arab and International Conventions and Laws, The second is discussed of the health system, The third displays the Quality indicators of health services in accordance with accredited international standards, The forth explains the health service, The fifth deals with Safety of Patients in Hospitals, Healthcare and Medical Centers, and The sixth chapter deals with references.

Refuting the two guides would conflict with the two councils existing rules, Al Kuwari said, “the Supreme Education Council and Supreme Council of Health have reviewed and approved the guidelines. There is no conflict between their guidelines and NHRC guides.The NHRC has published both the guides in Arabic and English languages.”

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The National Human Rights committee represented by Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, the chairman of the NHRC, participated at […]

The National Human Rights committee represented by Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, the chairman of the NHRC, participated at the second session of the Global Forum for Human Rights, which is hosted by Morocco at Marrakech, with the participation of 94 countries and 5,000 participants as well 100 human rights institutions from around the world.

Dr. Al Marri presented a working paper at the forum as the president of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) which discussed the initiative launched by the Forum since 2008 with the support of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC), on activating the role of national institutions in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which is one of the bodies and mechanisms of the United Nations, and an important hub for the subject of the meeting, which aims to focus on the efforts and achievements made by the national institutions with the United Nations General Assembly.

Al Marri stated that despite the importance of the role of national institutions in protecting and promoting the rights of women, NHRIs do not have standing in their own right to participate in meetings of the CSW and can only attend as part of their country’s government delegation, if they are invited, or if an invitation is not forthcoming, NHRIs may consider registering with an ECOSOC-accredited NGO (which have much more limited access than government representatives).  Neither option appropriately reflects the independent status of NHRIs, yet they are currently the only two available options. Consequently, NHRIs do not have their own separate accreditation badges, separate seating, nor can they submit documents or make oral interventions at CSW. On the contrary, NHRIs have independent participation status with other UN human rights bodies including all human rights treaty bodies and the Human Rights Council. That’s why Lobbying efforts by NHRIs come to request issuing a decision to allow NHRIs to participate in the CSW independently of governments.

Al Marri added that the participation of National Institutions accredited status(a) in the Commission on the Status of Women is of a great importance because NHRIs have an important and constructive role in addressing human rights violations and disseminating information in the field of human rights and education in the field of human rights of women and girls. In addition, participation of national institutions may bring more experience in the field of human rights to develop global policies in the framework of the Commission on the Status of Women, where National institutions can contribute to strengthening of the institutional links between national and international levels with respect to rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, in addition to forming an important part of both the framework of national, regional and international institutional accountability mechanisms for the advancement of gender equality and women’s human rights and the national mechanism to move forward in the local implementation of the Beijing Declaration, Platform for Action and the decisions of the CSW.

Al Marri reviewed the achievements of the campaign involving CSW including higher rates of engagement by NHRIs; in 2008, one institution attended the CSW while 11 NHRIs attended in 2010; greater understanding among NHRIs of the role and functions of the CSW as a policy-making body; new relationships established between NHRIs and APF with United Nations officials, agencies and diplomats, successful advocacy for the inclusion of references to NHRIs into the Agreed Conclusions of CSW; strengthened and consolidated ICC engagement around the issue of women’s and girls’ human rights, including its decision to dedicate an ICC Conference on this issue held in November 2012 in Amman, Jordan; The conference adopted the Amman Declaration and Programme of Action on the rights of women and girls. The Declaration sets out the key principles for NHRIs. In the Amman Declaration and Programme of Action, national institutions agreed to continue to call for the independent participation of “A status” NHRIs of the Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations.
Dr . Al Marri stressed the fact that the UN decisions and statements emphasize the active participation of national institutions with the United Nations bodies, and the need to grant NHRIs the rights to independent participation and stated that a lesson learned is that any concrete developments to provide the rights of participation of national institutions in the United Nations agencies based in New York, will depend on the decisions made in the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council. As a result, the international coordinating body (ICC) should continue to focus its efforts towards dealing directly with the General Assembly, and at the same time, strengthen the role of national institutions in the relevant subsidiary bodies of the Economic and Social Council, including the Commission on the Status of Women, Working Group on strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons, and Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Dr. Al Marri submitted 3 key recommendations for national institutions including NHRIs to attend annual meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women, and communicate with relevant ministries especially those ministries responsible for CSW such as departments of foreign affairs, women’s affairs or other for the inclusion of language that recognizes NHRIs as independent national mechanisms that have the mandate work to promote and protect the rights of women and girls, particularly in relation to violence against women and girls; NHRIs (whether attending meetings or not) should strongly encourage their governments to make a country statement at CSW 57 that recognizes the value of independent NHRI participation at CSW as well as their contribution in relation to combatting violence against women and girls; and NHRIs to attend meetings of the CSW should meet with UN Women, and other UN agencies to exchange information and discuss capacity building initiatives to advance cooperation with NHRIs in relation to the human rights of women and girls.

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A visiting delegation from the US Senate and the Department of Defense visited the National Human Rights Committee as part […]

A visiting delegation from the US Senate and the Department of Defense visited the National Human Rights Committee as part of visits to the State’s institutions.
A meeting was held between the delegation members and a number of the NHRC’s officials in which objectives and mandates of the NHRC were discussed together with the NHRC’s role in the dissemination and promotion of the human rights culture.

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The chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri met Mr. Christophe Payot, Ambassador […]

The chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri met Mr. Christophe Payot, Ambassador of Belgium to the State. During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of cooperation in issues of mutual concern and means of activating mechanisms of communication between the two sides in fields related to human rights.

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The chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri met Linda Dixon, representative of […]

The chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri met Linda Dixon, representative of the U.S. Department of Defense. During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of cooperation in issues of mutual concern and means of activating mechanisms of communication between the two sides in fields related to human rights.

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The National Human Rights Committee celebrated Qatar national Human Rights Day at the Cultural Village (Katara) with the participation of […]

The National Human Rights Committee celebrated Qatar national Human Rights Day at the Cultural Village (Katara) with the participation of a large number of the families of the NHRC’s staff and a number of government institutions, civil society organizations, communities, citizens and residents of the State of Qatar.
Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the NHRC stated in her speech on the occasion of the national Human Rights Day that this day marks a turning point to elevate the culture of human rights and stress the values and traditions of respect for human rights in our beloved State, pointing out that the decree law on establishing the National Human Rights Committee reflects a long-term vision for the leadership of governance in our State after which major developments in human rights issues were achieved not only in Qatar but at the regional and international levels. She added that the National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar has gained a regional and international weight that grants it a strong voice in all the human affairs, where the institutional and independent work of the NHRC and its substantive initiatives allowed it to be an ideal model in the leading platforms in the field of human rights institutions.
Al-Attiyah stressed that every year witnesses new positive developments with regard to human rights, where the potential legislative amendments expected in the labor law, which was announced by Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah, Minister of Foreign Affairs in May 2013 is a quantum leap in the way of the legislative development of the State and we hope to see these amendments light soon. She added that one of these developments is opening offices for communities of labor-exporting countries headquartered at the NHRC, this has contributed a lot in finding solutions to several issues and problems and facing challenges they may face them. Thanks to support for the principles of human rights by the state leadership, traditions and human tolerance in the State, the process of institutional advancement of human rights in the State of Qatar arose, which in turn facilitated our mission in disseminating the human rights culture that was respected in the Islamic law before the Western world put it in their constitutions and laws.

Al Attiyah extended congratulations on the occasion of the national day of human rights for the Emir, government, citizens and residents and stated that It is the right of everyone living in this land to live with dignity, this is what our ancestors taught us before we know books and international laws, and what our government is keen to under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar and His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
Mr. Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, head of the Public Relations and Media unit, stated that we are keen to celebrate with the public in the cultural village (Katara). This year, we have several official participants from the Ministry of Social Affairs, The Productive families Development Department, the Childhood Cultural Center and Audio Education complex, number of participants reached more than 300 persons and the event included distribution of leaflets that define the activities and objectives of the NHRC and human rights in general.

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