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AMMAN: (Reuters: 5/5/2008):  Arab countries are mulling an emergency fund to help counter a global surge in food prices, Jordan’s agriculture minister was quoted as saying yesterday.

Protests, strikes and riots have erupted in developing countries around the world after prices of wheat, rice, corn, oils and other essential foods rose more than 40% in the past year.

The World Food Programme has described soaring food prices as a “silent tsunami” that threatens to plunge more than 100mn people into poverty.

“There is an intention to set up an emergency fund to support Arab countries that suffer from the rise in prices of food products,” Jordan’s state news agency Petra quoted Muzahim Muhaisin as saying.

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Doha: (QNA-30/4/2008): The training session on human rights jointly organized by the National Human Rights Committee and the Department of Training and Human Resources Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the title «promotion and protection of human rights» concluded at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.  

The session «held at the headquarters of the Department of Training and Human Resources Development in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which was attended by a group of ministry employees, came in line with NHRC’s pivotal role in promoting and protecting human rights in all segments of society. The session was also held within the on-going cooperation between NHRC and the ministries and government bodies in general and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Particular. 

 
The course focused on basic concepts of human rights, particularly in legal terms.

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Doha: (Agencies: 28/4/2008): A 3-day forum on promotion of human rights legislation in Qatar jointly organized by NHRC and the foreign ministry opened at the foreign ministry yesterday (Sun 27th April 2008). 

 
The forum aims among other things at promoting social and national awareness about new technical terms in related literature and at training diplomats in the field so as to enable them to better grasp and interact with the sensitivities abroad in relation to human rights and freedom of opinion. 

 
Another objective is the rehabilitation and development of personnel performance on follow-up mechanisms to promote human rights. 

On the first day of the 3-day session, the forum addresses the International Bill of Human Rights and the international system for protecting human rights in terms of concerned committees, organizations and mechanisms.

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Doha: Dar al-Sharq: (16/3/2008): Dar al-Sharq for printing, publishing and  distribution and the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) last night (16/3/2008) signed an agreement of  understanding and cooperation covering multi-media services in the areas of script translation and instant  interpretation, printing, distribution and practical training, editorial, photography, design and illustrated  coverage of NHRC activities. 

 
The accord was signed by His Excellency Mr. Adullatif Abdullah Al Mahmoud, Director-General of Dar al-Sharq ; His Excellency Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri, NHRC Secretary-General, signed for NHRC.  

The agreement grants NHRC, a non-profit institute, the most favoured client status.

At the beginning of the signing ceremony His Excellency the Director general of Dar al-Sharq welcomed His Excellency the NHRC Secretary-General and the delegation accompanying him, and praised the great NHRCE achievements since its inception in 2004. His Excellency also promised full cooperation as stated in the agreement and even beyond.

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Doha: (Qatari News Agency: 9/2/2008): A media training session jointly organized by Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee and the Jordanian Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies concluded its deliberations at the NHRC HQ on Thursday, 8th February 2008. 

    The session in which about 40 trainees from different concerned groups participated dealt with a number of related topics such as legal aspects of the election process in the State of Qatar and electoral systems and standards developed there in as well as the role of the media in election coverage.  

    Events also included session topics and themes related to the assessment of the electoral programmes and writing of press reports in the electoral propaganda, monitoring and evaluation of electoral procedures and a work plan for media coverage of elections in addition to practical training on writing reports and the ethical media responsibilities involved. 

 Participating Qatari journalists issued at the conclusion of the session a draft media charter of honour on behalf of Qatari journalists pledging fair coverage of elections and promising free and fair reporting.

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On the third day of the media training session participants discussed two working papers one of them dealing with the monitoring and evaluation process of electoral procedures; while the other further discussed a reporters action plan for covering an electoral event. s.

In the area of monitoring and evaluating electoral procedures, the paper work in this regard included covering activities before and after taking the ballot. 

  In the pre-ballot, the working paper identified four areas to be monitored-these are laws regulating the electoral process, the management of the electoral process, and administrative division of constituencies, and the voter registration lists. The paper also reviewed activities to be monitored in the field of administrative procedures and the nomination process along five main points starting with the call for poll, through to the nomination procedure, quarters concerned with accepting applications and placing complaints as well as publishing the final list of candidates

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On the second day of the Media Training Forum jointly organized by Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and the Jordan-based Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies (ACHRS) the participants discussed three working papers: the first was on the assessment of the electoral programmes; and the second on the role of media in covering the elections while the third dealt with writing electoral propaganda.  

On the evaluation of electoral programmes, a working paper prepared by journalist Magdi Hilmi, focused on the objectives of media coverage of the elections which, the paper maintains,  are not limited to just covering the event but are also extended to examine the prevailing laws and the protection they provide for freedom of expression within an integrated electoral system designed to protect human rights, which include the right to information both in their traditional and electronic  forms. 
  

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DOHA (Agencies:4/2/2008) • The National Human Rights Committee in cooperation with Jordan-based Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies (ACHRS) is organizing a four-day training course on ‘Fair Coverage of Election". Dr Nizam Assaf from ACHRS and Yahya Shuqeir from Jordan, Majdi Helmi from Egypt and Suheir Shawish from Jordan are addressing the event.

Dr Ali bin Simaikh Al Merri, Deputy Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), who opened the course, said that the public election is the essence of any democratic process. Fair media coverage and existence of observers are common means of securing the fairness of elections. He added: "As Qatar will witness its first public election in the nearest future for electing members to the Advisory Council, NHRC is organising this course with of an objective of raising the awareness of media personals and local civic organizations on the issue."

Dr Nizam Assaf said that the training course is a continuation of the bilateral cooperation between NHRC and ACHRS.

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Doha: NHRC: 4/2/2008- The forum under the theme, "Fair Coverage of Elections" jointly organized by the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and the Jordan-based Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies (ACHRS) opened at the NHRC HQ this morning. The forum comprises a training course on ‘Fair Coverage of Elections’ and lasts until 7th February, 2008.  

The programme for the first day of the forum covers international criteria for fair elections and the Qatar Electoral legal system and electoral systems and standards governing legislation. 

 
On Tuesday, second day of the forum, the role of the media covering the event and reporting in the media covering the campaign.  

On Wednesday, the forum will discuss the monitoring and general evaluation of electoral procedure; a media plan for covering elections will be discussed on the same day as well as a practical training course on fair electoral reporting.

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  • Course focused on relations between charity & humanitarian work & human rights;
  • Implementing Human Rights best way to counter poverty

 Doha: 1/1/2008: Manal Abbas of the Arabic daily "Arrayah" reported in today’s issue on the closing session on Human & Economic rights jointly organized by Qatar Authority for Charitable Activities and the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) for developing the participant’s (Charity and Humanitarian workers and concerned government departments personnel) knowledge and practical skills to enable them understand in depth the issues involved in the process linking sustainable development to  food security in the campaign of  countering poverty.  

The reporter focused on discussions at a round table debate, one of four forums, on relations between charity and humanitarian work, on one side, and human rights, on the other. 

 
NHRC legal adviser, Nejwa al-Orabi addressed the round table group on the subject saying that the Human rights concept has now expanded to include economic, social and cultural activities in addition to the early traditional field of politics and civil society. As such human rights now include civil society organization represented by national, non-governmental and charity and humanitarian organizations as well as political parties and trade unions.

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