Dr. Ali Al Marri, chairman of the National Human Rights Committee met at the headquarters of the NHRC, Ms. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, director of the international labor standards department at the International Labor Organization (ILO). The meeting discussed ways of cooperation in issues of mutual interest in addition to exchanging expertise and experiences in the field of human rights.Read More
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Dr. Ali Al-Marri, Chairman of the NHRC confirmed that Qatar National Sport Day Sports reflects respect for human rights, and emphasizes the state’s respect for human rights at all levels. Al Marri stated in his speech on the occasion of the Sport Day that this day reflects the state’s interest in sports, athletes and the right to health.
Al Marri commended the state’s achievements at the sport level, in terms of sport facilities that have been established at the highest levels of international standards, and future planning based on modern scientific foundations. Al Marri added that all these achievements have a great impact on gaining confidence of global sports federations, including hosting The 2015 World Men’s Handball Championship in which Qatar who won the second place at the level of Asia, Dr. Al Marri commended this considerable effort, and proper planning, under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, may God protect him.Read More
The NHRC announced the completion of its preparations to participate in the sports day on February 10th, 2015 at Aspire Zone with the participation of senior officials of the NHRC, headed by Dr. Ali Al Marri, Chairman of the NHRC in addition to the staff and their families.
Mr. Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, Head of Media and Public Relations Unit stated that the NHRC is keen to interact with public and private institutions in the state, especially in this day, where the NHRC has prepared a special a range of activities that suit all age groups for men and women, including football, table tennis, baby foot games and other activities for children including rope pulling, etc…
Al Mahmood said that the committee always supports all activities that promote the basic human rights such as the right to sport and healthy body, stressing that the State of Qatar leads the way in providing a decent life for all who live on it. Al Mahmood said that this day is of a great importance in motivating all employees in the state as it renews the spirit of work and dedication it; In addition, it strengthens the social ties among the staff of the NHRC on one hand and with other institutions on the other hand as there shall be joint activities with other institutions. It is worth mentioning that in the past year the NHRC launched its gym, which includes the latest sports equipment for men and two for women at certain times of the day, either before or after work under the supervision of a specialist coach.Read More
A training workshop on “hot lines” jointly organized by the Qatar Foundation for Social Protection and Rehabilitation, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and the National Human Rights Committee at the headquarters of the NHRC from February 1st until 4th, 2015.
Mr. Jaber Al Hwail, Director of the Legal Affairs Department at the NHRC stated in his speech in the opening session of the workshop that the aim of this workshop is to develop hotlines and raise the capacity of the administrators and operators of them, which reflects the cultural and moral values of the organizing institutions, and their professional performance and credibility.
Al Hwail added that the NHRC has an important role in the protection and promotion of human rights, where the legal department receives complaints and petitions of citizens and residents, through the hotline or personally at the NHRC’s headquarters; we are confident about the success of this workshop and its outcomes, practices and effective recommendations to improve the hotline operations in the National Human Rights Committee.
Al Hwail extended his thanks and gratitude to the participants in the workshop, and “Polaris” institution which provides the valuable technical training to build the skills of dealing with hotline service for social and humanitarian issues. Al Hwail commended the participation of experts and specialists of national institutions and civil society organizations in workshop that shall help exchange experiences and information, raise awareness and promote best practices relating to issues of common concern; finally Al Hwail expressed hopes and wishes for further cooperation between the participating institutions offering social and human services to provide protection and assistance to victims of human trafficking.
Ms. Noor Al Hor, consultant at the Qatar Foundation for the Protection of Social and Rehabilitation gave a speech on the importance of this training workshop on the management, operation and mechanisms of handling phone calls received from victims of human trafficking, Al Hor explained that Qatar Foundation participation in this workshop comes from its interest and eagerness to access and provide protection and assistance to victims of human trafficking through hotlines which is managed by a dedicated staff. She stressed that hotline mechanism is one of the most important protection mechanisms that countries are trying to handle properly, where this connection may be the first contact point with victims, this matter needs to be handed professionally to build confidence and trust that the necessary assistance and support will be provided to the caller.
Mr. Chris Newman, Welfare Manager at Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, stated that the QF always seeks new ways to expand the avenues of communication for workers, where the participation of the organizers for this event is instrumental in ensuring that all our organizations can improve the standard of living for those residing in Qatar; Qatar Foundation is committed to ensuring dignity and respect for all, by providing a good quality of life, an appropriate work environment and suitable living conditions. In the spirit of the holistic and principled nature of the QF Mandatory Standards for Workers’ Welfare, QF continuously aims to improve the workers ability to relay their grievances in a safe, confidential and credible environment.Read More
A delegation from the National Human Rights Committee shall visit the Kingdom of Norway by invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, the delegation includes a number of officials and shall be chaired by Ms. Maryam Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the NHRC for four days where the delegation will meet representatives of a number of agencies, institutions and organizations working in the field of human rights as well as trade unions in Norway.
Al-Attiyah stated that this visit is the first of its kind conducted by the NHRC on the international level which reflects how the NHRC developed in the recent years, including its experiences and expertise that makes it in turn a real model. At the same time, this visit will help gain new experiences that can be applied in our path in the coming years and exchanged with national institutions at the regional level through conferences, seminars and workshops organized by the NHRC, especially that Norway owns a cultural heritage of advanced human rights vision in addition to its well-known institutions and organizations, civil society in the humanitarian field.
Al-Attiyah added that such visits has positive impact on harnessing accumulated experience to improve human rights as well as establishing a convergence of views on the issue of human rights itself and provisions which are affected by customs and traditions of the Arab and European peoples.
The delegation shall conduct a number of important visits and meetings including the following, on the first day, the delegation shall visit the headquarters of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to meet Ms. Ingrid Mollestad, Director General of the Department of Human Rights and Democracy, where the meeting shall discuss issues of common interest. During the meeting, The NHRC shall give presentation introducing its objectives, mandate, mechanism of receiving complaints and the potential means to solve them in cooperation with the competent authorities in the state; while the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway shall represent a working paper on Norway’s experience in the field of human rights, the lessons learned from the UPR, a paper on the examination of Norway in front of the UN Committee, and a paper on freedom of speech and media focusing on experiences gained from Norway’s cooperation with Al-Jazeera. The NHRC shall represent a paper on “Women’s rights” including live-in maids in Qatar. A joint working paper will be represented by the NHRC and MFA on The situation for immigrant workers and challenges seen. In conclusion of the first day, MFA shall represent a working paper titled (business and human rights .. great opportunities for further cooperation). On the second day, there shall be a meeting under the Theme “Workers’ rights” with the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises (NHO) and the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority. On the third day, the delegation Shall conduct three visits, the first shall be to the “Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies” and the meeting shall be hosted by Mr. Jon Håkon Scultz, Assistant Professor at University of Tromsø and researcher, Ms. Norunn Vorland, the second visit shall be to Visit to one of Norway’s biggest industrial firms, Norsk Hydro, in which History of Norsk Hydro, its basic values and involvement in Qatar for more than fifty years shall be briefed, the meeting shall be hosted by Mr. Ola Sæter Senior Vice President, and the third visit shall be to the “Ombudsman for Children”, during the meeting both sides review means of promoting children’s rights and experiences in this regard.Read More
Al Huwail: The NHRC’s participation comes in the framework of its awareness and educational role
The NHRC participates in The edition of 25th Doha International Book Fair. The NHRC provides its publications, including books, magazines, brochures and research studies as well as gifts to be distributed during the exhibition period, which extends until January 17.
Mr. Jaber Al Huwail, Director of the Legal Affairs department at the NHRC states that the NHRC’s participation comes in the framework of its awareness and educational role
and its mission in the spreading the human rights culture; we consider Doha International Book Fair a great opportunity through which ideas and experiences could be exchanged with all the other participating states.
Al Huwail added that in addition to the regional and international communication exiting through the fair, there is also a local communication with other local state institutions participating in the fair, which is considered to be a real indicator of the strength of civilization and originality in the state which in turn reflects the depth of history and the present capacity that reveal the cultural future prospects; despite the availability of most of the material presented in the fair on the internet, the book fair emphasizes the important value of the need to read from the books themselves, which represent a great cultural value.
Mr. Al Huwail pointed out that the NHRC’s booth is different this year, as the NHRC appoints a legal researcher to provide legal advices and introduce the mechanisms of submitting petitions and complaints; of the most important books the NHRC presents this year, guidelines for education and healthcare centers by Dr. Mohammed Saif Al Kuwari, member of the NHRC in addition to a range of other publications, including Human rights in Islam, NHRCs’ annual reports civil society organizations survey in the State of Qatar…etc.
It is noteworthy that booth of the NHRC was visited by the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the State of Qatar, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and Dr. Dr. Saif Ali Al Hajari. Chairman of Friends of the Environment Centre.
Dr. Al Marri Met Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Qatar
The Chairman of the NHRC, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri met with HE Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Qatar Ms. Yvette Burghgraef-van Eechoud. Discussions during the meeting focused on matters of mutual interest and the exchange of experience and expertise on human rights.
A group of students from Ahmed Bin Mohammed Military College visited the NHRC. The director of the Legal Affairs Department, Mr. Jaber Al Hwail, delivered a lecture on the establishment of the NHRC, its mandate, mechanisms for receiving complaints and efforts to monitor human rights situation in the state.
Al Hwail also answered the questions from the visiting students on human rights and the role of the NHRC in raising awareness and fostering human rights culture through the awareness campaigns, training courses, seminars, workshops and conferences at the local, regional and international levels.
He said: “The National Human Rights Committee fulfils its advisory role in all fields of human rights and for all categories of the society in Qatar whether citizens, residents or government or private institutions. Whoever lives in Qatar enjoys his or her full rights guaranteed by the Constitution and laws ratified by the State without discrimination.” He added that the NHRC organizes specialized training courses for law enforcement personnel such as police officers, prosecutors and judges to enlighten them about human rights in law enforcement process.
Mr. Momen Dardari, a legal adviser at the NHRC, gave a lecture on the International Humanitarian Law and its relation to the International Human Rights Law, where he stressed the importance of officers and the armed forces members’ awareness of the International Humanitarian Law and the rules and principles of human rights due to its impact on law enforcement in some cases which need their presence in dealing with civilians.Read More
Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary General of the National Human Rights Committee has announced the launch of the fourth season of “Martyr Ali Hassan Al Jaber Award”, a Qatari national who was working as a cameraman for “Al Jazeera” TV channel and martyred while covering the war in Libya, in March 10, 2011 .
The amount of the award is worth 20.000 U.S. dollars; contestants shall compete for the award in three categories, namely: press photos, press releases and short documentary films. Winners in the first 2 categories shall be honored and awarded 5000 USD. While the winner of the third category shall be awarded an amount ranging from 5000 to 10.000 USD.
Al-Attiyah said that the subject of participatory works should be of a humanitarian nature not a political nature, so that the candidate should have provided significant and distinctive contributions through his/her work in the detection of crimes or serious violations committed against a people, and should have contributed to the prevention of such crimes and violations and revealed them to the public opinion; in addition to the other technical terms and conditions including that works and contributions submitted by contestants or participating institutions should not be provided by their owners in similar competitions or helped them to win previous awards, and that the nominated works and contributions will not be returned to their owners, they will be kept in the archive of the National Human Rights Committee.
Works and contributions submitted in the category of the press photos, should be of a high-quality in which the raw file of the image is attached; while works and contributions submitted in the category of the press release should meet all the common features of the press release including addressing the subject, reviewing points of views of all parties including those who are involved and the others whom get affected as well as addressing solutions; with regard to the short documentary film, of a high-quality (full HD 16: 9) and not exceeding 10 minutes.
In 2013, The National Human Rights Committee has selected a photographer the DCMF has campaigned for as the winner of a journalism prize; the winner Mohammed Othman is a victim to Israeli violence aimed at preventing him from reporting events in Gaza through his camera, the Palestinian journalist, came on a wheel chair, to receive the prize dedicated to his Qatari colleague who passed away while conveying the atrocities of Kaddafi’s regime to the world. In 2014, for the press release category, the Egyptian journalist Mohamed Saeed, for the category of documentary film, Hafsa Aubl from Yemen and the third winner for the category of the press photo is the Syrian journalist Mohamed Ghassan Al Jirwidi. The amount of the award is worth 15.000 U.S. dollars; Each winner honored and given 5000 USD as well as the award shield.Read More
The NHRC Chairman Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri and the Yemini Ministry of Human Rights Dr. Izz Al-Deen Al-Asbahi signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the areas of human rights; It covered many areas of cooperation, including issues related to the development of the human rights system, strategies and action plans. It also took into account the development of future relations between both sides and the dissemination of concepts pertaining to the support and protection of human rights and the development of a bilateral framework so that each party would benefit from the technical and institutional expertise of the other party.
The memo stated that priority should be given to activities aimed at strengthening cooperation to develop the support and protection of human rights systems and the associated skills related to the institutional development of human rights (governmental and non-governmental), the development of plans and strategies, implementation of human rights and support for capacity building.
It also dealt with the exchange of experiences in the field of human rights and support programs and activities for human rights education, cooperation in providing consultancy and research, supporting and strengthening cooperation in the fight against trafficking in human beings and other priority areas.
Dr. Al Marri, added that the government of Qatar took serious steps to solve problems and challenges relating to to the present sponsorship and exit permit system, where the draft of the amended law has been forwarded to the NHRC earlier and it had given its views and recommendations.the draft law seeks to achieve balance between the rights of workers and their employers and offers more guarantees of freedom and protection to foreign workers.The NHRC, he said, was established more than 12 years ago, and was mature enough to share its experiences with Yemen.
Al Isbahi said that the MOU covered many areas of cooperation, including issues related to development of human rights systems, strategies and action plans in his country.Support for capacity building in the area of human rights is to be one of the main areas of cooperation, said the minister.Read More