November 20, 2018
The NHRC received at its headquarters students of the Faculty of Law – Qatar University. The committee presented two introductory lectures about the functions and competences of the National Human Rights Committee in general and the functions of the legal department of the committee in particular. The first lecture dealt with the establishment of the committee, its vision, its specialties and its international accreditation, in addition to its functions of protecting, monitoring and spreading awareness of the human rights culture in Qatar.
Mr. Abdullah Al Kaabi, Director of the Department of Legal Affairs, presented the second lecture describing how the department deals with complaints and petitions in addition to the internal regulations at the committee level. Al-Kaabi explained the working methods of the Legal Department through its administrative structure, pointing out that the reception and registration section is specialized in receiving cases, and submitting it to the concerned legal officer in the investigations department. Al Kaabi also talked about community offices (Nepal, Philippine, India and Africa) that provide assistance to applicants in filling in the application forms, meet the requirements for submission and provide translation work. With regard to the Investigation and Legal Consultation section, it is concerned with investigating the complaints, taking the necessary action including the possibility of reconciliation and contacting the competent authorities in the event of the failure of reconciliation and referral to the competent court and provide legal assistance, in addition to conducting field visits. The legislation and international agreements section deals with the study of human rights legislation and commenting on them in line with the human rights conventions and provisions.
Al-Kaabi explained that the Department of Legal Affairs carries out many of the internal activities listed in accordance with the strategic plan of the NHRC for 2018. In addition, it carried out 116 field visits as of November 2018 through the Monitoring and Visits Committee. The Director of the Legal Department also stated that the Department is also responsible for preparing the reports of the Committee and the reports on the violations of the blockade, including the general reports and specialized reports on the violations of the right to practice religious rituals, education, property, food and medicine. In addition to the annual reports issued by the Committee on the situation of human rights in the State of Qatar.