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Doha: (NHRC: 13/12/2009): The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has joined the UN and world countries marking the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, by stressing that the movement to end all forms of discrimination is among the main principles adopted in Qatar’s constitution.

The Universal Day of Human Rights, which fell on December 10, was observed worldwide this year under the theme “Embrace Diversity and Eliminate Discrimination”.

Speaking at a ceremony held at the Diplomatic Club, NHRC chairman Dr Ali bin Semaikh al-Marri said that the rule of law and respect of human rights have been always part of the state of Qatar.

“Any reading of the current situation in the state of Qatar shows that the country seeks to enhance human rights, democracy and rule of law,” Dr al-Marri said.

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Doha: NHRC: (10/12/2009): NHRC marks the 61st  International Human Rights Day today, Thursday, 10th December 2009 when H.E. the NHRC Chairman, Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh Al-Marry  will deliver a speech  at 6:00 pm on the occasion during celebrations to be held on the occasion in the evening on the same day in the Diplomatic Tent at the Diplomatic Club. 

 The attendance will be entertained with a super banquet in their honor at 8:30 pm.    

The promotion and protection of human rights has been a major preoccupation for the United Nations since 1945, when the Organization’s founding nations resolved that the horrors of The Second World War should never be allowed to recur. 

Respect for human rights and human dignity "is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world", the General Assembly declared three years later in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, all States and interested organizations were invited by the General Assembly to observe 10 December as Human Rights Day (resolution 423(V)). 

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Doha: (HHRC: 17/11/2009): HE Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Marri, NHRC Chairman, received  yesterday morning at NHRC  headquarters HE Mr. Zhang Si-Joong Korea’s ambassador to Qatar, where they discussed during the meeting issues of human rights and ways of cooperation in the field of human rights;

HE also met with His Excellency Mr. Hamdi Bukhari, Acting Regional Representative of Regional Representation at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the GCC countries and Mr. Maumoon Muhsin  foreign relations official in the regional representation was discussed at the meeting aspects of joint cooperation between the two sides in the fields of exchanging expertise especially in the field of human rights.

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Doha: (Agencies: 10/11/2009):  The closing ceremony of a training programme organized by NHRC in corporation with  the Department of Mesaieed Industrial under the title "Social Responsibility and Human Rights was held at the   Sharq Village Hotel, on Monday (9/11/2009). The ceremony was attended by Dr Yusof Obeidan – NHRC Vice Chairman. The programme lasted from 19 October until 4th November, 2009 and was attended by 250 participants from senior managers and executive leaders in the petroleum sector companies.

In his speech on this occasion Dr.  Obeidan said that these workshops are meant to consolidate efforts aimed at the promotion of human rights and prevent their violation. He pointed out that the organization of the workshop was based on accepted international standards- something that has contributed to its success. He added that NHRC is looking forward to further promote insights into the Human Rights principles so as improve the performance of the Human Rights organizations both at home and abroad.

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DOHA: (NHRC: Millennium Hotel: 10/11/2009): NHRC  held a seminar entitled "The right to housing" at the Millennium Hotel today as part of a series of events and seminars ahead of celebrations marking the annual anniversary of the Emiri decree  establishing the Commission in 2002.

Opening the seminar, Dr Yusof Obaidan, NHRC vice president outlined the goal of events held by the Committee as a prelude to commemorate the establishment of the commission; NHRC legal  consultant, Mohamed Fouad, meanwhile made a presentation about ‘The Right to Housing" from the perspective of international law; the function concluded with Khalifa Hitmi al-Hitmi Assistant Director of Housing at The Ministry of Social Affairs, addressing the subject of housing rights in Qatar through the Housing Act.

In dealing with the objective of establishing the Commission in preparation for these events to celebrate the National Day of Human Rights in Qatar,  Dr. Obeidan said that those activities are designed to shed light on the rights stipulated in international law and human rights education in all fields, stressing that NHRC HAS  developed a strategic plan including workshops and seminars and conferences for this purpose as well as creating  partnerships for the purpose of coordinating efforts  at the local, regional and international levels.

For his part, NHRC Legal Counsel Lawyer Mohamed Fouad focused on the issue in international law and explained that human rights are comprise a set of basic needs to ensure that everyone can live in dignity and that these rights embrace political, civil, social and economic.

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Doha 🙁 NHRC 8/11/2009 🙂 NHRC marks Qatar’s Open invitation to attend seminars organized by NHRC to mark Nation Human Rights Day, held at Millenium Hotel, 8-10, November, at 7 pmNational Day for Human Rights annually on the 11th of November. In this context NHRC is to coordinate a number of seminars and lectures aimed at promoting human rights.

His Excellency Dr. Ali bin al-Marri Smaikh – NHRC Chairman, has said in previous statements  to the press that human rights in Qatar are maintained and protected thanks to the generous guidance of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir and support the political leadership.

For his part, Mr. Abdullah Ali Al Mahmoud, head of NHRC Media and Public Relations Department told the Doha Arabic daily Al-Raya last October that NHRC will organize symposia over three days starting from November 8 to 10 November to mark the National Day of Human rights in Qatar. He added that government representatives will participate in these seminars which will address the issues related to human rights including the right to education in Qatar and the right to housing.

In his press statement, Dr. Al-Marri said that the keen interest of the State to protect human rights is evident in the establishment of several institutions including NHRC itself as well as the Human Rights Department within the Interior Ministry and the Human Rights Bureau at the foreign Ministry, The Qatari House for the Lodging and welfare and the Bureau for Combating Trafficking in humans.

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DOHA: (Agencies: 3l11l2009): To foster harmonious and better working relationships between the Seminar held in context of NHRC Public Awareness campaign under the Theme-You Deserve the Right but you owe the Responsibility- photographer A/Rahim Adeebworkers and the employers, the National Human Rights Committee-Qatar (NHRC-Qatar) held  a seminar on “Workers’ Basic Rights and Privileges” to leaders of the Filipino community yesterday (November 3, 2009) at the Sheraton compound.

The seminar which was organized in close cooperation with Solidarity Centre-Qatar featured a lecture by Hala Al Ali, legal consultant of NHRC-Qatar, who expounded on universal principles of basic workers rights and privileges during the lecture.

Mz Hala reviewed a select group of Articles from Labor law in Qatar drawing attention to the fact that these articles apply to the private as well as to the public sector and other corporations operating both within a Qatari capital investment of not less  than 1% of the total capital investment and also have  their HQs here in Doha. She also summarized a number of legal tips that workers should be aware of before arriving in Doha so as to avoid buying work permits which could be false in essence; in this regard she stressed the importance of officially signing an authentic comprehensive work contract that states conditions including nature of work, salary, residence extra before arriving for work in Qatar.

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Doha: (NHRC 21/10/2009): NHRC’s Media and Public Relations Unit held a press conference at NHRC HQ Tuesday morning.
 
At the beginning the head of the unit Mr. Abdullah Ali Al Mahmoud reviewed NHRC activities on human rights awareness in the community on several levels confirming views Her Excellency NHRC Secretary General, Mz. Maryam bint Abdullah al-Attiyah underlined in a speech in Mesaieed on Monday on the Commission’s intention to issue a "code of conduct for social committement". 

 
Launching a series of awareness workshops, which aimed at promoting human rights culture among management and staff of various companies at Mesaieed Industrial City,  Her Excellency said that NHRC is working in earnest to establish a key partnership with industrial and commercial firms in the country to ensure respect for Human Rights in the Workplace. 
 
Mr. Al-Mahmoud then gave the floor to NHRC Chairman, Yousof Obaidan to further build on the subject summed up by Her Excellency at Mesaieed.

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Doha: (Agencies:  Qatar, 13 October 2009):  The Doha Workshop on “Social Development: A new prospective on Human Security in the BMENA Region” (Borader Middle East & North Africa countries), which was organized by the Arab Democracy Foundation (ADF) and No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ), in cooperation with the Qatari National Human Rights Commission and the co-chairs of the 2009 Forum for the Future, concluded today with the adoption of a set of conclusions emphasizing that Human Security and Human Development are fundamental guiding principles of domestic and international government policies, and that civil society actors are legitimate participants of dialogue together with Governments in their implementation process. 

The meeting was part of a series of initiatives organized in preparation for the 2009 Forum for the Future, under the Italian and Moroccan co-presidency, aimed at ensuring that the Sixth Ministerial Meeting discussions and outcomes are the result of a process of continuous interaction between and among Governments and civil society of the BMENA Region, G8 and other democratic partners.

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Doha: (NHRC 12/10/2009): The activities of the conference on human and political security in the Arab world opened at the Ritz Carlton Hotel this morning (Monday: 12/10/2009). The function is jointly organized by The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), in association with the Doha-based Arab Democracy Foundation, the No Peace without Justice Organization (NPWJ) and the Arab Assistance Dialogue Group (DAD Partnership.)  

The opening speech at the forum was delivered by H.E.
Mr. Mohammed Abdullah Al Rumaihi, Assistant Foreign Minister who stressed that the importance of the relationship between human security and development  has increased and taken a prominent place on the international scene at the present-day adding that the contemporary international realities witnessed a significant development of the concept of human security heading to a departure from the traditional approach of focusing on the security of the State without paying due attention to human security.  The two sides are now viewed as indivisible, H.E. said. 

 
 The opening session was also addressed by their excellencies, Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh al-Marry, NHRC president, Dr. Muhsin Marzouk, the Secretary General of the Arab Democracy Foundation, representative of the Italian government, Antonilla Unido and Dr. Niccola Figan Talamanca of the organization of “No Peace without Justice”.

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