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Doha: Tuesday 6 March 2018 The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) honored its staff of various services in recognition of […]

Doha: Tuesday 6 March 2018

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) honored its staff of various services in recognition of their efforts and dedication over the past period, in the presence of representatives of communities living in Qatar. The National Human Rights Committee organized a ceremony honoring all the staff of the Committee, the ceremony was attended by Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, president of the National Human Rights Committee, Ms. Maryam Al-Attiyah, Secretary General of the Committee, and all directors of department of the NHRC, in recognition of the efforts of cleaners, security workers, and drivers over the past period.

Dr. Ali Smaikh Al Marri, president of the National Human Rights Committee, said: “We are delighted to meet you today, to honor the staff of the Committee, including cleaners, drivers and the representatives of the communities residing in Qatar. We have been thinking about organizing this ceremony to thank you for all the efforts you make every day that contribute to the success of the National Human Rights Committee to achieve its mission. The workers and staff of the Committee have been hand in hand and have made tremendous efforts, especially during this period of blockade.”

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Doha :Monday 5 March 2018 Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, President of the National Human Rights Committee, received Mr. Fikret […]

Doha :Monday 5 March 2018

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, President of the National Human Rights Committee, received Mr. Fikret Ozer, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the state, at the Committee’s headquarters.
During the meeting, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh reviewed the objectives of the National Human Rights Committee and its terms of reference and means of enhancing cooperation and exchanging expertise and experiences between the two sides on human rights issues.

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Includes lectures and educational activities during March 2018 9 prizes for the best articles for the secondary stage and drawings […]

Includes lectures and educational activities during March 2018

9 prizes for the best articles for the secondary stage and drawings for primary and preparatory schools reflect the message and objectives of the campaign

Doha: Sunday 4 March 2018

The National Human Rights Committee will launch tomorrow the “Education as a right and a duty” campaign, which will continue throughout March, and aims to spread the culture of the rights and duties of students in the field of education to school children, their parents and educational staff. Mr. Abdullah Al Mahmoud, head of Media and Public Relations at the National Human Rights Committee, stated that: “as part of the efforts of the Committee and its keenness to spread the culture of human rights in various segments of society, we launch “Education as a right and a duty” campaign”.

* The idea behind the campaign and its objectives

The campaign aims at raising awareness about the rights and duties of students in education, the rights and duties of teachers in schools, and urging students to understand their rights, and respect for the rights of others. Through the campaign, we seek to instill the concept of the rights and duties of students in education by educating them about the importance of their rights in society and school, developing their basic culture on the concept of human rights and duties, as well as instilling the values of empathy and tolerance in the treatment of others, and urging school students to do good and guide friends to the right way, and to do good collectively, including affection, respect and appreciation.

* Purpose of involving parents

This reflects the National Human Rights Committee’s keenness to spread the culture of parents’ rights and duties through awareness messages and educational posters that the students will transfer to the home. It is the duty of the school to guide parents. The goal of the campaign is to guide parents to be partners in the educational process in general and in behavioral and moral control, in addition to helping the school to effectively build an environment and to adhere to and respect the policies of the school, as well as to encourage students to attain educational and behavioral discipline.

* Campaign program

The National Human Rights Committee has set up a enriched program targeting students in 12 primary schools in Qatar. The students will benefit from lectures and educational activities to raise awareness of their rights and duties in the field of education and human rights.

* Activities within schools

Al-Mahmoud pointed out that the committee will visit a number of schools to give a series of awareness lectures on the right to education and other rights, as well as educational recreational activities, drawing competitions and distribution of awareness posters for school students. A wall chart will also be posted at the entrance to the schools, which will include targeted awareness messages about students’ rights and duties for students and parents.

* Educational and awareness lectures

The awareness campaign will be supervised by a dedicated cadre of specialists in the National Human Rights Committee, who will present a series of lectures and organize targeted events.
The lectures will address issues related to the rights of the child, such as a lecture on the right to identity, the right to citizenship, the right to health, the rights of persons with disabilities, the right to a healthy environment, the right to education, the right to an environment, The right to work, the right to build a family, the importance of women’s rights to development, the right to health, and the right to education. The lecture series will be organized in Abu Hanifa Model School, Maria Coptic Preparatory School for Girls, Al Wakra Preparatory School for Girls, Sakina Preparatory School for Girls, Al Israa Primary School for Girls, Rufaida Bent Ka’ab Preparatory School for Girls, Umm Ayman Secondary School for Girls, Saad bin Abi Waqas Model and Umm Salamah Primary School for Girls.

* Intensive competitions to motivate students

A competition entitled “Know Your Rights” will be organized on the best Arabic essay for high school students and a competition for the best drawing that reflects the campaign’s slogan and mission for primary and middle school students. 9 valuable prizes shall be distributed at the end of the campaign for the best works presented. The jury will select three winners for the best essay, three winners for the best drawings for primary school students, and three other prizes for best drawings for middle school students. The nine winners will receive valuable prizes that will be a positive incentive for them in their educational path. The proposed works will be presented in mid-April.

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NHRC received 3993 complaints from those affected by the blockade by the end of 2017 Doha on Saturday 3 March […]

NHRC received 3993 complaints from those affected by the blockade by the end of 2017

Doha on Saturday 3 March 2018

Mr. Nasser Al-Sultan, head of the investigation and legal consultation division of the National Human Rights Committee, confirmed that 3993 complaints were registered by those affected by the blockade until the end of 2017. He said that the Committee is continuing to pursue its efforts to redress those affected by the blockade imposed on Qatar. This came during a lecture entitled “The National Human Rights Committee and its Role in the Face of the blockade”, presented by Mr. Nasser Al Sultan to a group of 35 students at the Community College in a visit to the headquarters of the National Human Rights Committee.

Mr. Nasser Al-Sultan stressed that the establishment of the National Human Rights Committee in 2002 came in the light of the renaissance witnessed in Qatar, pointing out that it is an independent official institution of a special nature established in accordance with the Paris Principles. The committee was reorganized by an Emiri Decree No. 17 of 2010, The Qatari legislator has devoted the independence of the Committee to its reorganization and has added many competencies to the Committee, pointing out that The Committee’s mandate is to examine the violations of human rights in the State of Qatar, to provide advice and opinions on human rights issues, to submit proposals on existing legislation and draft laws and their harmonization to the provisions of international human rights conventions To which the State is a party.

Al-Sultan also discussed the role of the Committee in the face of the blockade and reviewed the most important efforts it has undertaken since the beginning of the crisis on 5 June to mobilize international support for the immediate lifting of the blockade, including the tours, visits and meetings of Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri to a number of countries such as The United Kingdom, the European Parliament, the British and other international parliaments, as well as the correspondences made by the Committee to the Office of the High Commissioner and the Special Rapporteurs on the violations committed by the quartet against citizens and residents of Qatar.

Al-Sultan referred to the seminars held by Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh in a number of international academic institutions and universities, with the participation of a number of decision-makers and opinion leaders in European countries and the United States, and meetings with the President of the Human Rights Council in Switzerland, pointing out that these visits and meetings aimed to explain the violations suffered by Qatari citizens and residents in the territory of the State of Qatar and Gulf citizens in general. It also aimed to clarify the full picture of the crisis to the international community, to remove any misunderstandings, and to call for their intervention to remove violations and find ways to redress and compensate victims.

Al-Sultan briefed the students on the results of the visits of several parliamentary delegations to Qatar since the beginning of the blockade, as well as human rights organizations such as Freedom House, Amnesty International, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, referring to the consensus of all those delegations on the condemnation of the blockade and expressing their concern at the resulting violations, such as the right to education, health, movement, property, the performance of the religious rites and the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

Al-Sultan pointed out that 3993 complaints were received by the NHRC from those affected by the blockade until the end of 2017 (2145 related to violations in Saudi Arabia, 1005 in the United Arab Emirates, 504 in the Kingdom of Bahrain, 330 in Egypt and 9 miscellaneous complaints). He also referred to the Committee’s other efforts at the local level, in terms of carrying out its humanitarian and legal duties, carrying out its legal responsibilities, exercising its competences in accordance with the law of its establishment and in accordance with the Paris Principles. Since the first day of the blockade, Processing and counseling, as well as creating a 24-hour Crisis Working Group to communicate with all international governmental and non-governmental human rights organizations to address violations and assist complainants.

The head of the investigations and legal consultations department of the National Human Rights Committee said that the committee has made many efforts to counter this inhumane blockade, reduce its negative impact on human rights and try to eliminate the damage that has affected the rights of the victims. Since the beginning of the blockade, the Committee has addressed many international human rights and legal bodies, informing them of the Committee’s updated reports and the statements it has issued, demanding immediate action to deal with the humanitarian crisis resulting from the blockade as well as many national institutions and human rights organizations around the world, The Committee addressed more than 300 human rights organizations on the violations caused by the blockade, pointing out that the committee issued several statements on many topics since the beginning of the crisis, along with a number of reports, and holding press conferences to put public opinion in the form of the repercussions of the blockade.

Al-Sultan pointed out that in light of these efforts by the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar and its role in uncovering the facts and clarifying the whole picture to the international community for the violations of the blockading countries, The International Accreditation Committee also rejected the complaint against the NHRC and confirmed that since the beginning of the crisis, the National Human Rights Committee had played its role in protecting and promoting human rights in accordance with the Paris Principles.

Al-Sultan stated that in order to redress those affected by the blockade, the National Human Rights Committee signed an agreement with a Geneva international law firm in 2017/07/01, under which the firm will work on the cases of human rights violations caused by the blockade by Qatari nationals, residents and citizens of the Gulf States who have lodged their complaints with the National Human Rights Committee, pointing out that The Committee also welcomed the establishment of the Commission on Compensation claims and considered it an important step in the redress of victims and the realization of the principle of reparation provided for in international and regional human rights conventions. There is permanent coordination and joint meetings between the NHRC and the Compensation Commission to redress and compensate victims of human rights violations. The students of the Community College showed a strong response to the lecture and stressed that the Committee’s moves were a deterrent to the progress of the blockading countries in their violations, thanks to the efforts made by the NHRC to address them.

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Al Marri met with the Permanent Delegates of Germany, Britain and France in Geneva Dr. Al-Marri calls for urgent action […]

Al Marri met with the Permanent Delegates of Germany, Britain and France in Geneva

Dr. Al-Marri calls for urgent action through the mechanisms of the Human Rights Council to redress the victims of the blockade

We are in an urgent need to great efforts to end the effects of hate speech, incitement and violence

The blockade on Qatar has affected the historical cohesion of Gulf families

The countries of the blockade should handle the crisis from its political framework

Universities at the counties of the blockade are responsible for the disruption of Qatari students’ education for the past year

Dr. Al Marri receives proposals for new moves to redress the affected students

Geneva: 23 February 2018

The chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, called on the permanent representatives of Germany, France and Britain to urgently move through the mechanisms of the 27th session of the Human Rights Council, in order to end the violations caused by the blockade on the State of Qatar.
This came during a series of intensive meetings held in Geneva with Ms. Elizabeth Laurin, Permanent Representative of France and Mrs. Julian Prithwitt, Permanent representative of the United Kingdom.
Al-Marri stated that The blockade crisis on Qatar has affected the rights of people in Qatar and in the Gulf states, pointing out that the biggest concern is the lifting of the unprecedented humanitarian violations that accompanied this crisis, expressing his regret for the spread of hate speech, incitement and violence, pointing out that this type of violation requires huge efforts to end their effects, pointing out in the same context that there is no intention of the countries of the blockade to lift it and end these violations and handle the crisis within the framework of political and diplomatic aspects.
The chairman of the National Human Rights Committee said that since the beginning of this crisis, we have advocated the need to neutralize the humanitarian file from political disputes, especially because the crisis involves many countries with which we have social ties and where common interests among their peoples are closely linked to their daily lives. Dr. Al-Marri explained during his meetings the latest developments in the Gulf crisis in the face of violations against citizens and residents of Qatar and citizens of the GCC. Al Marri said that Every day through this crisis has unsafe consequences and this will widen the social gap between the peoples in the Gulf States, and this will in turn strike the historical cohesion of the mixed families in the GCC countries.
Dr. Al Marri During his meetings praised the response of the parliamentarians and officials of foreign affairs and human rights in Germany, France and Britain and their positive approach to the suffering of those affected by the violations caused by the blockade.
Al-Marri called for more efforts and measures to put an end to human suffering in the Gulf region, and said: “we should not be restless in light of this crisis, except by lifting the injustice suffered by the victims, redressing their cause and putting in place the necessary measures to protect them and ensuring that these violations will not repeated in the Gulf region or anywhere in the world.”
In the same context, Dr. Al Marri met at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva with Mr, Alfred Fernandez, Executive Director of the International Organization for the Right to Education and Freedom of education. The meeting discussed violations of the right to education as a result of the blockade. Al-Marri addressed all files related to the monitoring and documentation of the suffering of Qatari students in the universities of the countries of the blockade, as well as all correspondences of the National Human Rights Committee to international organizations concerned with the right to education. In turn, Dr. Al Marri received form the Executive Director of the Organization proposals for further moves to redress the Qatari students expelled from universities in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. In the same context, Mr. Fernandez stressed that the organization will examine all documents relating to violations of the right to education and to consider appropriate measures to lift these violations. Dr. Al-Marri stated that The universities at the countries of the blockade are responsible before the international community and human rights organizations for the loss of a full academic year of the educational future of these students and they should maintain respect for this responsibility and redress the victims of the students.
The International Organization for the right to education and freedom of education is a non-profit organization based in Geneva, founded in 1984 by a number of politicians, former ministers, members of the European Parliament and legal activists; the President of the Sorbonne University was elected a member of its Executive Council. This foundation is an active member of the international community for the protection of the right to education and freedom of education, as an observer member and advisor to the United Nations organizations, especially UNESCO, and work on this right and freedom. They are provided with technical reports in this area.
Dr. Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, participated in the general meetings of the 2018 meetings of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions in the presence of members and representatives of the regional networks and representatives of the Office of the High Commissioner and other United Nations organizations. The meeting discussed the adoption of a number of new members of national human rights institutions and their accreditation. The meeting also discussed the possibility of amending certain articles of the GANHRI within the framework of its statute, as well as a number of themes related to the agenda of its General Assembly.

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Geneva: 21 February 2018 Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, president of the National Human Rights Committee of the State […]

Geneva: 21 February 2018

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, president of the National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar met in Geneva with Mr. Michel Forrest, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. Dr. Al-Marri discussed during the meeting the latest developments in the blockade on the State of Qatar, and attempts to obstruct and distort the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar by the countries of the blockade and its official and non-official media, stressing that the Committee since the beginning of the Gulf crisis has not gone off track in monitoring and documenting the violations suffered by the peoples of the Gulf region since the beginning of the blockade.

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Geneva, 20 February 2018 Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, received at his office at […]

Geneva, 20 February 2018

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, received at his office at the UN headquarters in Geneva Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri, president of the National Human Rights Committee Qatar. Dr. Al-Marri gave an update on the humanitarian situation resulting from the blockade on Qatar. He also briefed the High Commissioner on the moves of the National Human Rights Committee to address the increasing violations against citizens and residents of Qatar and citizens of the GCC.

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Doha:February 19, 2018 Ms. Maryam Al-Attiyah, Secretary General of the National Human Rights Committee, affirmed readiness to strengthen cooperation and […]

Doha:February 19, 2018

Ms. Maryam Al-Attiyah, Secretary General of the National Human Rights Committee, affirmed readiness to strengthen cooperation and exchange of experiences with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia.
The meeting come sin the context of the visit of Mr. Razali Ismail, Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, and Mr. Joshua Eriksson, an official of the Commission’s Law Reform Department, to Doha on the occasion to participate in the 13th Doha Interfaith Conference
During the meeting, Al-Attiyah reviewed the activities of the National Human Rights Committee since its establishment and discussed with the officials of the Commission the developments of the human rights situation in the region. The two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation and exchange of experiences between the NHRC and the Human Rights Commission in Malaysia, thus contributing to the promotion of human rights work between the two sides.

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Carmichael: We will hand over the report to the officials in charge of the current crisis in the British Foreign […]

Carmichael: We will hand over the report to the officials in charge of the current crisis in the British Foreign Office

Dr. Al-Marri: We demand urgent action from the UN Human Rights Council and Special Rapporteurs

The top priority in this crisis is to stop the growing humanitarian violations and to end the suffering of civilians

Parliamentary Delegation: We thank the State of Qatar for its interest in protecting and promoting the rights of workers

Doha : 14 February 2018

A British delegation headed by Mr. Alistair Carmichael visited Qatar to deliver the British Foreign Secretary and State Secretary for Middle East and North Africa, who is in charge of the blockade crisis on Qatar and the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British Parliament, Of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights implications of the embargo.
This came during the meeting of Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, president of the National Human Rights Committee, with the British parliamentary delegation at the Committee’s headquarters.
At the same time, the parliamentary delegation affirmed that the State of Qatar is on the right track to protect and promote the rights of workers and extended thanks to the State of Qatar for its interest in the legislative development in the Labor Law and the Wage Protection Law.
Dr. Ali Al-Marri said that the NHRC will address the Human Rights Council and the special rapporteurs concerned with the various human rights issues on the report of the UN mission and calls upon them to take urgent steps to redress the victims of the blockade on Qatar, especially after the issuance of the UN report, which is an important legal reference. Dr. Al-Marri addressed the developments of the current crisis and said: We have stressed in all international forums our top priority is reparation and compensation of victims, and ending the humanitarian violations and the suffering of civilians; stressing that the foundations of the report of the UN technical mission was identical in many respects with the reports that have been published by the National Human Rights Committee.
Dr. Ali bin Smaikh thanked the British parliamentarians for responding to those affected by the blockade and their rapid engagement with their governments. Al-Marri explained to the parliamentary delegation about the national human rights institutions, their mechanisms of work and competencies, as well as Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions (The Paris Principles), which sets standards for their accreditation according to their mandate and responsibilities.

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For the sixth year in a row, the National Human Rights Committee participated in the national Sports Day celebrations with […]

For the sixth year in a row, the National Human Rights Committee participated in the national Sports Day celebrations with an enriched program, in the presence of the NHRC President, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, in the presence of officials and staff members of the NHRC along with their families. The celebration reflects the Committee’s keenness to dedicate the culture of sport as a tool for deepening the culture of human rights and communication among all members of society, and to emphasize Qatar’s interest in sport as an inherent human right.

In a statement, Ms. Maryam Al-Attiyah said that the celebration of the National Human Rights Committee reflects its keenness to preserve the importance of exercising as an inherent human right in accordance with the international human rights instruments. Ministers, official bodies, economic institutions and various activities compete to present a distinguished program that reflects their keenness on the sports day and add a value every year.

On the human rights level, Ms. Maryam Al-Attiyah noted that Qatar’s annual celebration of the sports day has become a sport event, reminding us of the value of human sport and its physical benefits, which reflect positively and directly on human behavior in all areas of life; pointing out that the celebration of this occasion every year emphasizes the interest of the wise leadership in sport in all its forms, and is also a clear evidence of the thought of civilization and advanced vision, pointing out that interest in sports makes the State of Qatar one of the developed countries that are concerned with the health of the individual and the development of sports culture among the younger generations; adding that Qatar National Vision 2030 is responsible for translating this wise and creative vision into a reality that achieves economic, social, humanitarian and environmental development, providing high standards of living that enable citizens to benefit from their potentials, in order to realize their dreams and aspirations within the vision of rational leadership; noting that Qatar’s interest in sports is in line with the United Nations’ interest in the importance of sport for development and peace.

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