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.
On the subject of adequate housing, Mohamed Fouad said that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights established the right to adequate standard of living in article 25, which gave everyone the right to life by granting him the freedom to live with dignity and provide them with food, clothing, decent housing, and this was repeated in the International Covenant on economic, social and cultural rights and specifically in Article 11.
For his part Mr. Khalifa Hitmi al-Hitmi Assistant Director of Housing in the Ministry of Social Affairs has highlighted the right to housing in Qatar through the Housing Act, which includes two types: loans and payment of premiums and housing that are free state-owned l, stressing that each type embodies conditions to eligibility of use
He also spoke of the right to housing for those in need who are provided for by a social security umbrella empowered by law No. 38 of 1995. These included orphans, the disabled, and the elderly.