The agreement is the first of its kind for the European Parliament with a national institution for human rights in the Gulf and Arab countries
Brussels : 28 April 2018
The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar signed a consultative agreement to exchange experiences and consultations with the European Parliament; it is considered the first of its kind with a national institution for human rights in the Gulf and Arab countries, reflecting the credibility of the NHRC at the global level. The agreement was signed at the headquarters of the European Parliament last week, on the sidelines of the hearing of the Sub-Commission on Human Rights, in a prominent presence of members of the European Parliament.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the NHRC and Mr. Antonio Panziri, Chairman of the Human Rights Subcommittee of the European Parliament. The signed agreement is one of the most important mechanisms through which the human rights developments in Qatar are implemented and monitored. The agreement will pave the way for close cooperation between the NHRC and the European Parliament to carry out many joint human rights programs. It will also allow the European Parliament to identify and learn more about the repercussions of the blockade and discuss how to address these violations.
“The signing of the agreement will strengthen the partnership and cooperation between the NHRC and the European Parliament to address all the challenges resulting from the human rights situation, and address the violations and repercussions of the blockade,” Dr. Ali Bin Smeikh Al Marri said.
The signing of the agreement follows recent meetings and exchange of views between the NHRC and the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the European Parliament (DROIT). The two sides decided to continue bilateral activities in the form of a memorandum of cooperation aimed at regulating their relationship, Exchange of experience, information and bilateral contacts in the field of human rights.
The agreement includes the exchange of experiences with a view to enhancing the work of members and staff in various disciplines; sharing experiences on international human rights conventions, including ILO conventions, an annual work plan with regular evaluation to monitor their implementation, To the needs dictated by projects between the two sides. The signing by the European Parliament of an agreement with the NHRC for the first time in the history of the human rights institutions in the Gulf and the Arab States reflects the status and credibility of the NHRC with international organizations and international partners and marks the efforts and work of the NHRC for more than 16 years.