Al-Attiyah: We condemn any decisions or measures that would consider occupied Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli occupation.
Dr. Al-Sulaiti: Katara works to promote human rights awareness and develop a spirit of cooperation and tolerance.
Abu Zuluf: Open invitation to join the international campaign for human rights.
Philharmonic Qatar: The audience enjoyed a concert of peace.
Katara visitors enjoyed watching 20 Qatari and expatriate artists creating artworks with Human Rights theme.
The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar called for the convening of an extraordinary meeting of the Human Rights Council on the Palestinian issue, as well as the inclusion of Jerusalem in the agenda of the next session of the Council, while condemning any decisions or measures that would regard the occupied city of Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli occupation and considered it a flagrant violation of international conventions and resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Security Council, the International Court of Justice and UNESCO. It is also considered as a flagrant challenge to the international consensus on the status of Jerusalem and a direct threat to international peace and security. The event was attended by Dr. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, Director General of the Cultural Foundation “Katara”, Ms. Maryam Bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, and Mr. George Abu Al-Zulf, Director of the United Nations Center for Training and Documentation for the Arab and South-West Region of Africa, as well as a number of ambassadors, heads of diplomatic missions and a diverse audience of human rights activists and advocates.
Al-Attiyah said: The National Human Rights Commission joins the voice of the Independent Commission for Human Rights in Palestine and calls on all national institutions and international organizations to stand by the Palestinian people and end the occupation. Al Attiyah added “it is now 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been adopted, during which its principles proved to be able to maintain the stability and security of the world. In recent decades, however, we have witnessed a significant decline in the level of commitment to these principles and human values, especially in the Arab region, where most of the region has become a scene of disputes, wars and political conflicts that have overshadowed human rights and freedoms”. As for the Gulf crisis, Al-Attiyah said: ” We celebrate the International Human Rights day this year while we are going through a critical and sensitive phase. The National Human Rights Committee follows with deep concern the repercussions of the blockade imposed on the State of Qatar and its impact on the human rights of citizens and residents for a period of more than six months, through which a lot of Gulf families dispersed, social ties are cut off, students has been negatively affected and rights of thousands of people were violated including the rights to health, movement, property and religious rites; not to mention calls to violence and hate speech against the State of Qatar and its citizens. Allow me to use this forum to maintain our position, call for lifting the blockade on Qatar and stop violations of human rights guaranteed by the international law and human rights charters”. Al-Attiyah thanked to the Cultural Village Foundation- Katara, represented by Dr. Khaled Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, for organizing the celebration and contributing to the enrichment of the cultural process in the state, and the UN center for Training and Documentation, represented by Dr. Khaled Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, and all the parties that participated and contributed to this remarkable organization for celebrating this year’s International Human Rights Day.
Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti said that the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an opportunity to raise global awareness about human rights, as it is appropriate to renew the commitment to guarantee fundamental freedoms and protect human rights for all. Al-Sulaiti added that Katara always promotes human rights awareness, promotes the spirit of cooperation and tolerance, promotes the culture of law, peace and freedom among peoples, respects the cultural identity of each society, enriches diverse cultures, gives them human dimensions and unleashes their creative horizons, pointing out that Katara, through its diverse and continuous activities, opens up opportunities for fruitful dialogue and cultural interaction every day and provides a rich space for human communication among peoples in an atmosphere of freedom that is indispensable in cultural, artistic and creative activity.
Mr. George Abu Al-Zulf, Director of the United Nations Center for Training and Documentation in the field of Human Rights in the Arab Region and South West Africa, praised the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, noting the challenges that threaten these rights. Abu Al-Zulf called for the establishment of a lobbying movement of all activists and human rights defenders from all over the world and under the auspices of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, whose mission is to remind the world’s Governments of their commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
On the sidelines of the ceremony, the Katara Art Exhibition was opened with the participation of 20 artists, including 12 Qatari artists and 8 artists from Algeria, Iraq, Sudan, Pakistan, Egypt, Syria, Senegal and India. Their paintings call for the importance of protecting and promoting human rights within society. The audience also watched a short film prepared by the Qatar Foundation for Social Work on the services of the Shafallah Center in the field of integrating persons with disabilities in society.