Doha on Monday: 15 April 2019
The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development in Somalia on the sidelines of the conference on national, regional and international mechanisms to combat impunity and ensure accountability under international law, organized in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Parliament and the GANHRI.
The MoU was signed by HE Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar and HE Ms. Deika Haji, Minister of Women and Human Rights in the Republic of Somalia. The memorandum of understanding is based on collaborative agreement to work together to strengthen future cooperation in the legal and human rights fields between the two parties, while recognizing the importance of human rights cooperation to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two parties, with a view to continue to take further practical steps towards promoting better understanding of each Party’s understanding of other Party’s human rights systems, including ways to strengthen the work of human rights institutions, legislation pertaining to human rights and human rights education in accordance with the laws and the regulations in force in both countries.
The agreement aims at foster a closer relationship between the two parties in the areas of promoting a culture of human rights and protection of human rights.
It also aims to ensure bilateral communication and exchange of information between the Parties, on issues relating to the development of the human rights system and strategies and action plans of each party, taking into account the following:
– Development of future relations between the parties
– Dissemination of the concepts of each party’s human rights protection and promotion system.
– Development of a bilateral framework with a view to learning from each other’s technical and institutional expertise.
As for cooperation areas, Priority is given to activities aimed at protecting human rights related to:
– Institutional development of human rights (governmental and non-governmental levels).
– Development and implementation of human rights plans and strategies.
– Supporting capacity-building and the exchange of experiences in the field of human rights.
– Supporting human rights education programs and activities.
– Cooperation in offering advisory expertise, and conducting research and studies.
– Support and enhance cooperation in combating human trafficking and other priority areas.
Possible forms of cooperation in the field of human rights include the following:
– Exchange of information on legislation on human rights and civil society organizations.
– Exchange of visits between the parties and involve members of civil society organizations and academics specialized in the field of international humanitarian law and human rights.
– Enhance communication and means of cooperation between the relevant bodies and human rights training organizations.
– Joint development of education, training and research, and exchange of information on joint activities between the relevant institutions and authorities.
– Planning and implementation of joint programs and projects in the promotion and protection of human rights.
– Intensifying cooperation through meetings, conferences and seminars.
– Joint holding of national and regional human rights events.
– Referral to either of the parties of individual cases which may require intervention by the Party to whom the cases are referred, as well as giving timely response and regular updates by the intervening Party.