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Beirut: 28 June 2022 The Speaker of the Parliament of Lebanon Nabih Berri met today HE President of the Doha-based Arab […]

Beirut: 28 June 2022

The Speaker of the Parliament of Lebanon Nabih Berri met today HE President of the Doha-based Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah and her accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, two sides reviewed ways of operationalizing the National Human Rights Commission in Lebanon, including the most important conditions the commission can obtain Category (A) accordingly, by The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.
The two sides also discussed the cooperation offered by the National Human Rights Commission in Lebanon and the Association for the Prevention of Torture in order to carry out their missions in fostering and protecting human rights in the country.
HE Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah called for the securing the commission’s Headquarters and endorse the rules of procedure, including the financial regulation to be able to embark on its activities. Her Excellency noted the immediate response provided by Lebanon’s parliament speaker Nabih Berri, pointing out that he welcomed the observations of the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions and directed the concerned authorities to operate in securing the commission’s Headquarters, indicating that he had promised to take further action to implement the remaining observations and enable the commission to carry out its tasks.
Her Excellency pointed out that Lebanon’s parliament speaker issued directives to the government authorities to submit their feedback in a timely manner pertaining to the rules of procedures and the financial regulation at the earliest.
On the other hand, HE Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah met with the President of the Higher Judicial Council Judge Suhail Abboud, and discussed the importance of offering the support and cooperation with the commission to bolster its operation in a better way.
Suhail Abboud welcomed the cooperation with the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions in the field of training a broad range of Judges on the latest updates of human rights issues, while HE Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah affirmed the Network’s readiness to contribute with the commission to disseminate human rights culture through organizing joint webinars and training sessions.

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Cairo: 21 June 2022 The Doha-based Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions (ANNHRI) condemned the arbitrary, escalating, and systematic Israeli […]

Cairo: 21 June 2022

The Doha-based Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions (ANNHRI) condemned the arbitrary, escalating, and systematic Israeli policies against the Palestinians in the Palestinian Territories and the occupied city of Jerusalem, and the use of excessive force against defenseless civilians who are protected under international humanitarian law, in addition to targeting and killing Palestinian journalists; As recently happened to the Palestinian journalist and correspondent for Al Jazeera TV Shireen Abu Akleh.
This came during the speech of ANNHRI Secretary-General Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali today at the headquarters of the Arab League. Al Jamali affirmed the continuation of ANNHRI’s cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Arab League, the Charter Committee, and all the councils and committees of the League, which contributes to promoting and protecting human dignity in the Arab world, referring at the time to ANNHRI’s association with a memorandum of understanding with the Arab Human Rights Committee, in addition to working to raise and build the capacities of members’ national institutions to interact, cooperate and prepare reports for the Charter Committee.
Al Jamali stressed that ANNHRI will continue to cooperate to raise the capabilities of the institutions to be more effective and cooperative with the Charter Committee and the Secretariat of the Arab League and its departments.

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Doha: 15 June 2022 HE Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah, met today with […]

Doha: 15 June 2022

HE Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah, met today with HE Member of the German Parliament (Bundestag) Peter Heidt.
The meeting discussed aspects of cooperation in issues of common interest, means of communication, and the exchange of experiences in order to promote and protect human rights.

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Doha:14 June 2022 The Center for Empowerment and Care of the Elderly (Ehsan), in association with the National Human Rights […]

Doha:14 June 2022

The Center for Empowerment and Care of the Elderly (Ehsan), in association with the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), organized Tuesday a seminar titled “Protecting the Elderly: Responsibilities and Tools” in celebration of the United Nations World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, themed for 2022 “Addressing violence and abuse against older persons”.
Vice-Chairman of the NHRC Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari said in his opening statement that raising awareness of the rights of the elderly is one of the methods that enable one to elevate their state in accordance with the noble human values. The importance of observing this day comes from it being an international recognition of the need to protect the elderly from mistreatment, and to reject all the abuse and insults that they are subject to, he added. He stressed the centrality of developing an international and national response to eliminate this problem that is only predicted to worsen in the coming years, as the percentage of people growing older and entering this category rises.
For his part, CEO of Qatar Foundation for Social Work Ahmad bin Mohammed Al Kuwari said that the State of Qatar has noticed the issue of abuse of old people early on, ensured the passing of related laws, and implemented means to prevent it. Al Kuwari pointed out to the Qatari legislative on the matter, with the constitution in the forefront, where it stresses the importance of the elderly in general and provides them with social security, housing, employment, in addition to legal and social protection.
During the discussion, the director of the home care unit at Ehsan Musheera Hamad Al Shahwani presented a worksheet titled “raising awareness of elderly abuse and its consequences,” which defined what is meant by abuse and what it entails, its types, and its consequences. The discussion also shed light on the responsibilities and roles of protecting old people from abuse, highlighting the role Ehsan plays in raising awareness about the issue, and she concluded by suggesting ways to defend them.
On the other hand, Acting Director of the Legal Affairs Department at NHRC Nasser Marzouq Al Sultan presented a worksheet under the title of “Best International Practices to Raising Awareness and Prevent Old People’s Abuse” elaborating on the UN’s efforts to deal with this issue.

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 Doha:13 June 2022 The Center of Empowerment and Elderly Care (Ehsan), in coordination with the National Human Rights Committee NHRC, […]

 Doha:13 June 2022

The Center of Empowerment and Elderly Care (Ehsan), in coordination with the National Human Rights Committee NHRC, is organizing a discussion panel entitled “Protecting the Elderly… Tools and Responsibilities,” on Tuesday morning. This discussion panel will be attended by a group of specialists, in conjunction with the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), which happens each year on June 15.
HE Deputy Chairman of NHRC Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari said that caring for the elderly is a joint social responsibility of solidarity between individuals and society, noting the keenness of Islam to honor and respect the elderly.
He added that the Qatari legislative system, foremost of which is the Constitution, emphasized the protection of the rights of the elderly in general, and the protection of the rights of social security, housing, work, and legal and social protection in particular. The State of Qatar has also taken measures in this field that would implement and recognize the rights stipulated in international human rights covenants for this segment, and ensure the strengthening of their role in society, in accordance with the concept of empowerment based on the rights and law approach not on the traditional concept of social welfare.
He stressed that despite the positive measures taken by the State of Qatar in the field of protecting the rights of the elderly, there are emerging problems and challenges that prevent a percentage, which may be few of the elderly, from enjoying their rights and weakening their positive role in society. He also stressed the need to shed light on the extent to which this social group understands its rights and the state’s duties towards it, with regard to protecting it from abuse in its various forms, and working to familiarize them with the means and tools that protect them from abuse in all its forms.
On his side, Acting Executive Director of Ehsan Center Khaled Abdullah stressed the importance of this event in which the whole world expresses its opposition to violations and suffering that can befall the elderly. He added that the WEAAD is an occasion to unite efforts and have a dialogue and debate on the most important issues and rights related to the elderly, to raise societal awareness of the importance of finding solutions to stop the ill-treatment of the elderly worldwide, especially as it is considered a global social issue that affects the health and rights of a large number of elderly people around the world. This is what makes it an issue that deserves the attention of the entire international community.
The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is one of the global days that the United Nations has designated periodically and recurringly each year, during which events are organized to raise and improve the level of awareness of the problems faced by the elderly, such as abuse or aging, and to raise the level of awareness of the great importance of the prevention care, as well as therapeutic care for the elderly. This day also aims to rehabilitate employees working in the field of elderly care and develop their capabilities, motivate many organizations of a non-governmental nature, as well as families and individuals, in order to provide a healthy environment for the welfare of elderly people.

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  Muscat:07 June 2022 HE Chairman of the Council of State of Oman Abdul Malik bin Abdullah Al Khalili met […]

  Muscat:07 June 2022

HE Chairman of the Council of State of Oman Abdul Malik bin Abdullah Al Khalili met with HE Chairperson of National Human Rights Committee Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah, as part of her current visit to the Sultanate of Oman.
The meeting dealt with a number of issues related to human rights and topics of common interest.
During the meeting, HE Chairman of the Council of State of Oman stressed the importance of the role of national human rights institutions in protecting and promoting human rights and spreading their culture at all national, regional and international levels. He referred in this context to the seminar organized by the Oman Human Rights Commission in cooperation with the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions, underlining the importance of these seminars in strengthening areas of cooperation and exchange of expertise and experience between human rights institutions.
Also, HE Maryam Al Attiyah met with HE Minister of Social Development of the Sultanate of Oman Laila bint Ahmed Al Najjar. The two sides reviewed a number of social issues related to the protection of human rights.

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Muscat: 6 – 7 June 2022 HE Chairperson of the Doha-based Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions (ANNHRI) Maryam […]

Muscat: 6 – 7 June 2022

HE Chairperson of the Doha-based Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions (ANNHRI) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah affirmed that the Arab Network, in accordance with the decision of its General Assembly, will continue to support the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) in Palestine. The Arab Network seeks to enable and enhance the capabilities of the ICHR in Palestine to confront the systematic and continuous violations of the Israeli occupation against the Palestinians, its adoption of Judaization policies against the occupied city of East Jerusalem, its use of force against defenseless civilians, its violation of the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the assault and harassment of worshipers in them.
HE condemned, during the opening of an educational symposium entitled “The Role of National Mechanisms in Promoting Human Rights” that was organized by ANNHRI in partnership with the Oman Human Rights Commission, that the occupation authorities continue to pursue a policy of targeting Palestinian journalists, which does not stop at beating and arresting, but rather reaches killing, as happened to the Palestinian journalist Shereen Abu Aqleh, Al Jazeera correspondent, and the occupation forces persistence in attacking her funeral, in a new violation of legitimacy and the international system of human rights.
She emphasized the Network’s work approach in the process of promoting and protecting human rights by empowering and supporting national institutions in all areas of human rights at all national, regional and international levels. HE pointed out that the participation of the Arab Network in organizing this educational symposium comes within the framework of strengthening the programs of member institutions at the national level to strengthen the capacities of human rights workers in all segments and sectors, thus contributing to greater interaction with the national, regional and international human rights system.
HE Al Attiyah indicated that a broader understanding of the rules, tasks, objectives and nature of the national human rights institutions established in accordance with the 1993 Paris Agreement leads to constructive and sustainable cooperation and integration between stakeholders in promoting and protecting human rights in their countries. She stressed that creating the environment to enable work comes at the forefront of priorities through spreading the culture of human rights; defining the rule of national institutions, their broad mandate, and their cooperation and integration with stakeholders to achieve their common goal of preserving the human dignity.
She also clarified that the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) encourages the development of cooperation of national institutions with international mechanisms. She also highlighted that the participation of national human rights institutions at the international level helps the United Nations and its mechanisms to understand the human rights situation on the ground as well as implement the United Nations standards in their countries. Therefore, the Global Alliance works on achieving this by encouraging the establishment of institutions and providing them with support in various fields, unifying and coordinating efforts, and exchanging experiences and best practices.
For his part, the Chairman of the Oman Human Rights Commission Sheikh Abdullah bin Shuwain Al Hosni affirmed that holding the symposium comes as an affirmation and support for the legislative and administrative foundations and laws adopted and implemented by the Sultanate of Oman within the framework of protecting human rights and dignity for everyone who lives in the homeland. This is done through national mechanisms that have been established to work together with all state institutions and civil society. Al Hosni appreciated the response of all concerned parties to participate to emphasize the extent of cooperation and interaction and the constant keenness of all concerned society institutions and competent civil society institutions to work together to implement and follow-up on all matters related to legislation and laws related to human rights and their protection.
For his part, National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Secretary-General Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali described the national human rights institutions as a bridge between the civil society and governments on one hand and between governments and the international community on the other hand, due to their unique position within the international human rights system. He explained that the work of the National Institution is effective as a result of the broad authority and powers the institute enjoys.
He pointed out that due to their credibility with international bodies and mechanisms as well as their governments’ trust in them, these institutions must, according to these capabilities and mechanisms, play their entrusted role in enhancing, promoting and protecting human rights in their countries. He also noted that the announcement of establishing the Arab Network considered the promotion, development, protection, respect and actual implementation of human rights in the Arab countries as its core cause, as the values and principles stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and international and regional human rights conventions, constitute the network’s reference in its work.
Al Jamali noted that one of the tasks of the Arab Network is to build and raise capacities in all areas of human rights, which the Arab Network has been able to work on well due to the availability of distinguished experiences from trainers and experts from the cadres of the member institutions in the Arabic Network as well as the support the Network has received and still yet receiving from its partners in the Arab League, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Development Program, the Arab Institute for Human Rights and other regional and international stakeholders.

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2022 Doha: 30 May HE Chairperson of National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah met Tuesday with […]

2022 Doha: 30 May

HE Chairperson of National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah met Tuesday with Faten Limashati, Director of the Center for the Promotion and Protection of Children Affected by Armed Conflict in the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict in Doha.
The meeting discussed aspects of cooperation on human rights issues, particularly those related to strengthening and safeguarding children’s rights.

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2022 Doha: 29 May HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah met with […]

2022 Doha: 29 May

HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah met with HE the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan Richard Bennett.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed aspects of joint cooperation to promote human rights in Afghanistan, and the role carried out by the State of Qatar in the in the process of evacuating and relocating thousands of people from the Afghan capital, Kabul; as well as the centers for evacuation and reception, the various aids provided to the refugees, placing the Afghan citizens and others in the short-stay accommodation in Doha and the integrated services provided to them, which include the necessary needs, such as food, medical aid and logistical needs to secure their temporary residence before moving to the countries that will receive them.

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Doha: 16 May 2022 he National Human Rights Committee(NHRC) held a training workshop entitled “The European Union and Human Rights: […]

Doha: 16 May 2022

he National Human Rights Committee(NHRC) held a training workshop entitled “The European Union and Human Rights: Fundamentals, Visions and Expectations” in cooperation with the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI).
Director of the Programs and Education Department at NHRC, Hamad Salem Al Hajri said that the workshop is considered the first work of many of the various training workshops that will be presented by NHRC during the coming period, in cooperation with human rights organizations, it is carried out for the benefit of government agencies and civil society organizations in Qatar.
He added that the workshop came within the framework of fruitful cooperation with all actors in the field of human rights, with the aim of familiarizing themselves with the European human rights system, promoting and protecting these rights, and discussing current and future challenges.
Director of the Programs and Education Department at NHRC praised the cooperation of the attendees and discussions included in the workshop, affirming that the training workshop acquired the participants a lot of knowledge related to the European human rights system.
For his part, Secretary-General of the No Peace Without Justice and the main lecturer of the workshop Dr. Niccolo Figa-Talamanca, valued reforms related to labor laws and the regulation of the entry and exit of expatriates and their residency, and said that the State of Qatar has achieved huge drastic changes with regard to the conditions of expatriate workers, not only in the context of material conditions, health care, housing and its requirements, and the inspection of housing sites and workplaces, but the reforms included more significant fundamental changes. He indicated that the amendments, in essence, allowed those who come to work and reside, to engage in society and a sense of belonging to work and society.
Talamanca added that the reforms undertaken by the State of Qatar during the past five years were made in accordance with the laws issued by the State of Qatar, and the NHRC made significant contributions in this regard.
Secretary-General of the No Peace Without Justice stressed the importance of sustaining these reforms and changes, adding that these human rights reforms are not subject to a temporary situation, but rather come within the context of society’s behavior.

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