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Doha, January 02 The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) launched today “Together we work” campaign, as part of the implementation […]

Doha, January 02

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) launched today “Together we work” campaign, as part of the implementation of the Committee’s work strategy aimed at spreading and strengthening awareness at the national level of the need for cooperation to consolidate knowledge of workers’ rights and duties and spread a culture of human rights in general.

The campaign targets employers and workers residing in the State of Qatar, of both sexes, to make them aware of their rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution of the State of Qatar, affirmed by the Labor Law, and reinforced by international human rights conventions ratified by the State, especially in light of the legal amendments in Qatari legislation, which affirmed the protection of workers’ rights.

The Head of Public Relations and Media Unit at the National Human Rights Committee Abdullah Ali Al-Mahmoud, stressed the importance of this campaign as it targets an important segment of society that plays a major role in advancing the development process in the country.

He said that the National Human Rights Committee attaches great importance to the issues of workers and employers alike, with the aim of consolidating human rights principles and translating them on the ground in various fields of work and contributing to overcoming obstacles that prevent all parties from enjoying full and undiminished rights.

Al-Mahmoud pointed out that the campaign focuses on important axes, including all aspects related to workers and employers, which will be introduced and discussed by specialists.

He noted that the Qatari Labor Law guarantees all the professional and social rights of workers, as well as the rights of employers in accordance with a contractual relationship between the two parties, stressing the strengthening and confirmation of workers’ rights, the provision of appropriate conditions for work, and means of preventing work risks and damage, and ensuring health conditions for workers.

He noted that Qatari legislation – which is in line with international conventions and treaties – emphasizes that the relationship between workers and employers is based on social justice.

The health subject will be present during the first week, while the second week will focus on subjects related to working hours and rest times, and in the third week the subject of adequate housing will be addressed, while the concluding week will focus on occupational safety.

By the end of the campaign, companies that have adhered to legal standards will be honored.

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Cairo, December 21 Based in Doha, the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions organized ‘Mohammed Faiq 2’ session on […]

Cairo, December 21

Based in Doha, the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions organized ‘Mohammed Faiq 2’ session on the human rights system and the establishment of national human rights institutions and their roles, in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, which will continue until Dec. 23.

In her opening speech during the training session, HE Chairperson of the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah said that this session came in the name of Mohammed Faiq, in recognition of his significant role with the heads, trustees and members of Arab human rights institutions in establishing and supporting the Arab Network since its establishment to this day.

HE Al Attiyah called on the participants in the session to commit to their duties towards advocating human rights issues in general, especially the Arab Palestinian cause, and work to support them to end the injustice and racial persecution and violations practiced against them by the Israeli occupation.

Her Excellency emphasized the importance of combating violations and discriminatory and racist ideas, including the enslavement of peoples in all its means.

For his part, the Executive Director of the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali said that the aim of the establishment of the annual ‘Mohammed Faiq’ session on human rights is to build and raise the capabilities of new cadres working in the field of human rights, to be a foundational course and an entry point through which trainees can learn about a number of human rights fields and an incentive to develop their capabilities, skills and behaviors.

He noted that the Arab Network works diligently and persistently to build and raise capacities and professional skills, and change behaviors and attitudes in a ways that contributes to strengthening the capabilities of human rights defenders targeted in its programs, in addition to enhancing their capabilities and the capabilities of their affiliates to promote and protect human rights.

 

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Doha, December 16   Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah, affirmed that the […]

Doha, December 16

 

Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah, affirmed that the National Day is an opportunity to promote the values of loyalty and affiliation to our beloved country and to consolidate the values of loyalty, solidarity and unity that were established by the founder. It is also an opportunity to promote the values of freedom guaranteed by the Qatari constitution and the basic components of society.

In a statement to Qatar News Agency on the occasion of the country’s celebrations of the National Day, Her Excellency said that the National Day makes us restore and be proud of the values of freedom, justice, charity, and equality guaranteed by the constitution to citizens, and that it is a source of pride for all of us.

Her Excellency pointed out that Article 18 of the Permanent Constitution of the State of Qatar stipulates that “Qatari society is based on the values of justice, benevolence, freedom, equality, and high morals” within the second chapter on the Guiding Principles of the Society. Also, Article 36 of the permanent constitution guarantees human freedom and dignity, as Article 34 stipulates that “Citizens shall be equal in terms of public rights and duties.”

Her Excellency affirmed that due to the importance of rights and freedoms, Article 146 prohibited the amendment of its provisions except to grant more rights to the citizen, where it stipulated that “Provisions pertaining to rights and public liberties may not be subject to amendment except for the purpose of granting more rights and guarantees in the interest of the citizen,” stressing that the Shura elections that took place are a qualitative leap by all standards in the field of promoting and protecting freedoms and advancing human rights in the State of Qatar, which has enhanced the participation of citizens.

Regarding the rights of workers in the State of Qatar, Chairperson of NHRC said that the progress that Qatar has achieved, despite the challenges the world is witnessing, is very satisfactory, but we aspire to do more to support and preserve workers rights, pointing out that a delegation from the European Parliament had confirmed that what Qatar had achieved in the field of workers’ rights despite the challenges the world is currently witnessing is a model to be followed in the Gulf region and the world as a whole, especially in the area of workers’ rights.

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Doha, November 29 The Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions, based in Doha, organized today a conference, on the […]

Doha, November 29

The Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions, based in Doha, organized today a conference, on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, in cooperation with the Independent Commission for Human Rights – ICHR in the State of Palestine.

The conference aims to shed light on the systematic violations of Palestinian human rights by the occupation authorities in the occupied Palestinian territories, and to identify steps and mechanisms to confront them in the future to embody, activate and strengthen international solidarity.

The conference was attended by heads, activists and representatives of national institutions that are members of the Arab Network, as well as some partner organizations, in addition to activists and representatives of international institutions and solidarity groups with the Palestinian people.

In his opening speech during the conference, the Executive Director of the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali, stressed that there is no cause in the world more rightful like the Palestinian cause.

He said that this is supported by dozens of resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council, but the occupation still exists and continues with its settlement plan, which aims to rob the rest of historic Palestine, to make the two-state solution impossible.

He also indicated that the unification of the Palestinians would enable them to determine their own destiny and would give the international decisions their executive force in restoring rights and building an independent and sovereign Palestinian state, calling for the need to enhance freedom of expression and acceptance of the other opinion and renounce hate speech, enhance freedom of assembly and association, strengthen democracy and share power and combat hate speech.

During the conference the Head of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) and Permanent Representative of Senegal to the United Nations Cheikh Niang gave a video speech on the inalienable Palestinian rights.

He explained that the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) stated, despite all the decisions and efforts made by the international community, the Palestinian issue is still unresolved, as Israel continues its occupation by expanding its illegal settlements in addition to confiscating property and buildings and displacing of Palestinian families, warning that these practices would perpetuate instability.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is an opportunity to remind the peoples and member states of the United Nations General Assembly of their obligations towards the Palestinian people to end the Israeli occupation of the occupied territories in 1967, to implement international legitimacy resolutions related to the Palestinian issue.

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Doha, November 21 The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has launched an awareness and educational campaign for students of Arab […]

Doha, November 21

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has launched an awareness and educational campaign for students of Arab and foreign community schools.

This campaign, which will continue until Nov.25, comes within the framework of the committee’s work strategy towards promoting and spreading a culture of human rights and students’ rights in schools for students, teachers, academic staff and parents.

The campaign aims to raise awareness and educate students for the need to protect and promote human rights, and it is an extension of previous campaigns directed in schools to develop the students understanding of human rights and how to communicate with NHRC and inform them of its role and competencies.

The Director of the Financial and Administrative Affairs Department of NHRC Hamad Majed Al-Marzouqi, said in a statement that the campaign, directed at Arab and foreign school students, is a competition designed around a number of basic human rights to be contested in three categories for secondary, preparatory and primary stages: which are “scientific research, essay, and drawing”, and each category has been allocated in proportion to the target school stage.

He noted that seven schools have been identified for this campaign, which are among the schools of the Arab communities and include the “Palestinian, Tunisian, Sudanese and Jordanian” schools, in addition to the schools of foreign communities, including the “Filipino, Pakistani and Indian” schools.

He pointed out that the scientific research competition for the secondary stage was devoted to three human rights topics: “sustainable development, the right to education, and the right to environment” in order to raise the capabilities of secondary school students in writing scientific essays according to its terms and requirements.

With regard to the competition for the preparatory stage, Al-Marzouqi indicated that it will be for the best essay written on basic social, economic and cultural rights, in which the student expresses “the right to housing, identity, expression of opinion, then health and education.”

He explained that on the side of the competition directed at the primary stage, there will be a competition for the most beautiful painting to be drawn on the same topics directed at the preparatory stage. In this competition, the primary stage was divided into two parts, from the first to the third grade, from the fourth to the sixth grade, taking into account the individual differences of the child, so that he can express one of the rights mentioned in the drawing in a simplified manner.

He pointed out that a joint program will be established between the National Human Rights Committee and the schools of Arab and foreign communities, in addition to activating the role of students in launching competitions to raise awareness and promote human rights concepts for all levels of primary, preparatory and secondary schools.

Introductory brochures (paper and electronic) will be distributed on NHRC, its role and competencies, in addition to the distribution of conditions for competitions in its three categories.

The competitions will also be sent to schools to be announced during the campaign period from Nov. 20-25, and the winners of the competition will be announced in February of next year in a ceremony honoring the participating schools.

 

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Cairo, November 21 HE Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and President of Arab Network for National Human […]

Cairo, November 21

HE Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and President of Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, met today with member of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) in Egypt Dr. Mahmoud Karem.

During the meeting, aspects of joint cooperation in all areas of human rights were reviewed, especially with regard to training and raising the capacities of member institutions of the Arab Network.

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Doha, November 17 The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and Msheireb Properties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for joint […]

Doha, November 17

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and Msheireb Properties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for joint cooperation, to harness art in protecting and promoting human rights, combating racism and spreading a culture of social peace.

The memorandum was signed by the Secretary General of the NHRC Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali, and the Director of Msheireb Museums Dr. Hafiz Ali Abdulla.

The MoU provided for cooperation and coordination between the two parties in spreading awareness and education about human rights, with a focus on modern forms of exploitation, in addition to organizing joint awareness activities, conferences, seminars and panel discussions on topics related to the common goals of the two parties, and organizing art exhibitions to spread a culture of human rights in various fields related to rights and duties, and highlighting the values of national identity in respect of the rights of individuals and societies.

After signing the memorandum, the Secretary General of the NHRC Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali, stressed the common role and objectives linked between human rights and museums in preserving the cultural, social and behavioral identity of the human heritage in all its forms to promote all the positive from previous civilizations and avoid the negative ones, especially with regard to racist practices and tribal strife.

He said that the memorandum is consistent with the objectives of the National Human Rights Committee in promoting and protecting rights, preserving human dignity, promoting a culture of equality and non-discrimination, and upholding the values of tolerance and justice, in addition to spreading awareness and education on human rights.

For his part, the Director of Msheireb Museums Dr. Hafiz Ali Abdulla, said that the memorandum comes within the framework of concerted efforts to achieve the common goals of the two parties, and to work together to raise awareness about one of the most important social issues and to promote initiatives concerned with human rights.

He pointed out that in the next stage, programs will be prepared to implement the memorandum’s agenda, in the interest of the human being and the Qatari citizen.

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Doha, November 16 The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) concluded the training programs that were launched during the month of […]

Doha, November 16

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) concluded the training programs that were launched during the month of November, and included three training programs and two seminars.

The training program comes within the framework of a qualitative and promising strategic partnership between the National Human Rights Committee and Hamad International Airport, to promote human rights at the airport, which is the main gateway to the state, which reflects the extent to which human rights are respected and their dignity is preserved.

The NHRC confirmed that the two-day training programs for leaders and employees of Hamad International Airport were a successful experience and the beginning of strengthening this partnership between the two sides.

The committee indicated that the training courses will continue according to an annual strategy that will be agreed upon between the two parties.

The series of training programs and seminars comes within the framework of the committees mandate to hold and organize conferences, courses and discussion panels on topics related to human rights and freedoms. Such events are among the most prominent practices that would promote and protect human rights and freedoms.

The Director of the NHRC Programs and Education Department Abdullah Ali Al Mahmoud, said that the Committee’s lecture series comes within the framework of its educational role for the benefit of society members in the State of Qatar and its institutions.

Al Mahmoud noted the great interest and interaction from all attendees, stressing that this motivates the committee to make more efforts to establish a culture of human rights in societies.

He added that the training programs directed at Hamad International Airport will not stop with the end of these events, but there will be continuous cooperation, to promote a culture of human rights and improve its protection, especially since the culture of human rights includes all areas of life.

The training of Hamad International Airport employees and leaders included a full explanation of international human rights standards at airports, which airports must implement in their daily work. (QNA)

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Doha, November 15 The Doha-based Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions organized today a conference on introducing Mendez Principles, […]

Doha, November 15

The Doha-based Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions organized today a conference on introducing Mendez Principles, in cooperation with the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT).

The conference aimed to train members and cadres of national human rights institutions to raise their capacities in educational programs with the police and detention monitoring with the aim of publishing the principles document and exploring how to monitor, and use the principles in monitoring and in the dialogue with authorities, as well as promoting constructive dialogue with national human rights institutions on the principles, especially regarding the role of these institutions in disseminating and raising awareness of the document.

In this regard, the Executive Director of the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali, explained that the issue of receiving complaints, monitoring and visiting places of detention is one of the first priorities of the national human rights institutions that are members of the Arab Network.

He pointed out that the network in its training activities worked to raise the capacities of member institutions in the areas that enable them to carry out their role in combating and preventing torture.

He added that the network worked to clarify concepts, the most important of which is the approach to security and human rights, and the challenges of achieving security within the framework of protecting human rights, indicating that the network participated in organizing more than one international conference and event in this regard.

He stressed that all conferences organized by the network emphasized the right not to be subjected to torture, suggesting steps and making recommendations, plans to prevent torture and to obtain a fair trial, and to enhance public freedoms in the Arab region, saying, that these principles provide a new vision on effective interviews for investigations and information gathering, which it gives states solutions to move away from criminal justice systems based on confessions, thereby reducing the risks of coercion, and torture.

Al Jamali also mentioned that the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions will place among its priorities for the coming years the issue of raising the capacities of national institutions in preventing and monitoring torture, visiting places of detention, cooperating with conventional and non-conventional mechanisms in this regard, and submitting reports to them.

At the same time, he expressed the network’s openness to cooperation with the Association for the Prevention of Torture, its partners, and all stakeholders regarding this issue and all areas of human rights, which contributes to the promotion and protection of human rights and the preservation of human dignity.

The conference, which was held remotely, dealt with a number of themes, including the main characteristics and elements of the principles, the main elements of the principles and its added value for law enforcement officials, and the role of national human rights institutions with regard to the principles.

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Doha, November 15   The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) organized a training course for Hamad International Airport leaders on […]

Doha, November 15

 

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) organized a training course for Hamad International Airport leaders on international human rights standards at airports, in the airport’s departures hall.

This training is the first of its kind and a promising partnership between the committee and the airport. It comes within the framework of the committees mandate to hold and organize conferences, seminars, courses and discussion panels on topics related to human rights and freedoms, and within the practices that would promote and protect human rights.

On this occasion, the Director of the NHRC Programs and Education Department Abdullah Ali Al Mahmoud, explained in his opening speech to the training course that this event comes within the context of the celebrations of the Qatar Human Rights Day, which coincides with the establishment of the National Human Rights Committee on Nov.,11, 2002. It is an affirmation by the state leadership of its long-established values that the human being is the centerpiece of progress, development and building civilizations.

Al Mahmoud added that Qatar consider the celebration of Qatar Human Rights Day as an important station to remind the most important principles of respect for the individual and society, and Qatar is used to not going through them unless it puts an imprint that consolidates the message for which NHRC was established, such as awareness, education and knowledge of the most important principles stipulated in international conventions of basic respect for human rights.

Al Mahmoud added that Islamic societies, should be the first to implement these principles, because Islamic Sharia was approved by 1400 years ago, as it was proven in many verses of Quran and the honorable hadiths of the Prophet.

In this context, he noted the great cooperation between NHRC and Hamad International Airport, starting with the celebration of International Human Rights Day, and the Arabic calligraphy exhibition on “Human Rights in the Islamic Culture” organized on the occasion of choosing Doha as ‘Capital of Culture in Islamic World in 2021’, as well as participating in Qatar Human Rights Day , in order to promote the culture of human rights.

He indicated that this training course comes as part of a series of seminars and training lectures organized by the NHRC in the context of its role and mission to establish a culture of human rights in the country, considering that such events would enhance human dignity in the State of Qatar, especially since Hamad International Airport is the main gate to the state and through it the general impression of all visitors is formed, which reflects the extent of Qatar’s respect for the human being and its keenness to preserve his dignity.

The training focused on international human rights standards at airports, which airports must apply in their daily work.

The standards relate to respect for human dignity, within the framework of the services provided and treatment, and inspection mechanisms, as well as non-discrimination, the right to treatment for some victims, combating human trafficking, and with regard to the protection of personal data and other definitions.

The training also dealt with the most prominent competencies of the committees, such as studying reports, issuing public comments, fact-finding missions, examining a state party’s complaint against another state party, and examining messages submitted by individuals.

It is worth mentioning that tomorrow, Tuesday, the same seminar will be presented to Hamad Airport employees at Msheireb Museums. These lectures and seminars come as part of a series of human rights awareness activities launched by the committee this month, in conjunction with the celebrations of Qatar Human Rights Day.

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