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Al-Jamali: National Sports Day coincides with the great victory made by our national team February 12, 2019 The National Human […]

Al-Jamali: National Sports Day coincides with the great victory made by our national team

February 12, 2019

The National Human Rights Committee participated in the national sports day in Aspire zone in the presence of senior officials and staff members and their families. In addition, there were large numbers of visitors from citizens and residents who participated in the activities of the Committee, including volleyball, and basketball.

Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al-Kuwari, member of the National Human Rights Committee, said that the committee’s participation in the national sports day comes within the framework of its keenness to promote the concept of sport as one of the most fundamental pillars of human rights, noting that the culture of sport in any society is indicative of its civilization. Al-Kuwari appreciated the initiative of the wise leadership in designating such a day, pointing out that the leadership is fully aware of what sport can achieve in terms of social, economic and economic values. Al-Kuwari described the State of Qatar as an icon of sport in the Arab world, pointing out that the interest of the leadership in the sport has made Qatar an icon of sport that is difficult to beat, especially after the great victory made by the national team. The hosting of the World Cup 2022, in which the state has made significant strides towards the construction of facilities, make the leadership of the FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) fully confident of the capacity of the State of Qatar to host the world cup and Sets an example of what is required to host and organize the world cup.

Mr. Sultan bin Hassan Al-Jamali, Assistant Secretary General of the National Human Rights Committee, said: “the national sports day coincided this year with the country’s celebrations of the great victory that our national team made by winning the Asian championship. The victory should be a source of pride for every Arab who is jealous of his Arabism. Al-Jamali pointed out that one of the most important benefits of sport is that it promotes ethical principles.

Al-Jamali stressed that the National Human Rights Committee calls on citizens and residents of the State of Qatar to engage in athletic activities regularly. Al Jamali added: “We are keen on the annual participation in this day because we consider our participation part of our keenness to promote human rights and we take this opportunity to raise awareness on the importance of sport because it is an essential component of the right to health and decent life”.

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As part of its preparations for the State Sports Day, officials and staff of the National Human Rights Committee conducted […]

As part of its preparations for the State Sports Day, officials and staff of the National Human Rights Committee conducted a sports session at the Committee’s headquarters. Mr. Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, Head of the Public Relations and Media Unit, said: “The NHRC is used to preparing for the national sports day of the state in this sport hall which was allocated to the employees of the Committee for practicing sports throughout the year.”

Al-Mahmoud explained that since Emiri decree was issued on December 2011 announcing the National Sports Day as an important annual occasion on the second Tuesday of every February with the goal of engaging the local community in Qatar with sports activities and fostering the adoption of a healthy lifestyle, the National Human Rights Committee, represented by its chairman, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, welcomed this decision and this initiative, which enhances the interest of the wise leadership in health and sports. “sport is a basic human right, so we call upon citizens and residents to participate in the various sports activities organized by the National Human Rights Committee at the Spire Zone Park,” the head of the public relations and media unit said, explaining that the committee has allocated a range of sports activities that suit all age groups.

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Doha, February 5, 2019 Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met with members […]

Doha, February 5, 2019

Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met with members of the Malaysian Parliament, Noor Al-Azza Anwar and Nur Azreena Bint Serib, on the occasion of their visit to Doha.

The meeting discussed how to enhance cooperation and partnership between the National Human Rights Committee and Malaysia and exchange experiences in the field of protection and promotion of human rights.

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Doha: Sunday, February 3, 2019 Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee met on […]

Doha: Sunday, February 3, 2019

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee met on Sunday with a delegation from the National Human Rights Commission of the Republic of Lebanon on the occasion of their visit to the headquarters of the NHRC. Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri congratulated the delegation on the establishment of the Lebanese National Human Rights Commission recently, stressing the readiness of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar to cooperate with its Lebanese counterpart in the field of promotion and development of human rights.

“The establishment of the National Human Rights Committee in Lebanon is a real gain for the human rights system in the Arab world and for the Asia-Pacific Forum, which already has a membership of 25 national human rights institutions,” Al Marri said, pointing out that “the Arab world needs to intensify communication and cooperation between human rights institutions, in light of the grave circumstances and challenges facing the Arab region at the present time and its serious repercussions on the human rights situation.”

Members of the delegation of the Lebanese Human Rights Commission expressed their thanks and appreciation to the National Human Rights Committee for the generous hospitality and kind reception. The delegation held a series of meetings with officials of various departments and specialties in the NHRC, in which they stressed the desire to strengthen the partnership with the NHRC in the future in the field of training and exchange of knowledge and experience.

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– Dr. Al-Marri assured that the persistence of the UAE in its violations would lead to a threat to peace […]

– Dr. Al-Marri assured that the persistence of the UAE in its violations would lead to a threat to peace and security in the region

– How the countries of the blockade claim their support for peace and continue to tear apart the social fabric of the Gulf

– Al-Marri calls on His Holiness Pope to intervene to stop the violations based on his concern for human rights in the world

– The peoples of the Gulf have not witnessed an inflammatory speech similar to that of the countries of the blockade

– Separation of Thousands of families is the worst and most critical consequences of the violations of the blockade

– 20 months of serious and flagrant violations that have torn the Gulf social fabric

– We call on with His Holiness Pope Francis to pressure the UAE and the blockading countries to neutralize civilians and not to involve them in political disputes

– The peoples of the Gulf are the victims of punitive decisions of the countries of blockade that have used the peoples as hostage to resolve political disputes

Doha: 31 January 2019

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met on Thursday with His Holiness Pope Francis and spoke about the suffering of thousands of separated families and victims of the blockade who raised their complaints to the NHRC asking for ending the grave violations and suffering of thousands of separated families and students who were expelled from their schools as a result of the continuing unjust blockade imposed by the State of Qatar for almost 20 months. On the occasion of his upcoming visit to Abu Dhabi, His Holiness Pope called on the UAE and the rest of the countries of the blockade to neutralize civilians and not to involve them in the political crisis and to let them suffer the grave humanitarian consequences.

Al Marri spoke about the complaints and suffering of thousands of separated families and victims of the blockade

the chairman of the National Human Rights Committee met with His Holiness Pope Francis in the presence of Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the secretary for relations with States of the Holy Vatican.

At the outset of his meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri gave a brief on the repercussions of the blockade imposed on Qatar since June 5, 2017, warning of the aggravation of human rights violations due to the intransigence of the blockading countries and their refusal to respond to appeals, in a way that can be described as a “dialogue of the deaf” in dealing with the calls of international organizations, reports of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the decision of the International Court of Justice, which calls for engaging in dialogue to resolve the crisis and put an end to human suffering worsening.

Al Marri praised the efforts made by His Holiness Pope Francis to protect human rights in the world, stressing the readiness of the National Human Rights Committee to strengthen partnership and cooperation with the Vatican to support its efforts to protect human rights in the region and the world.

“I come to extend a message to your Holiness, brought to me by thousands of separated families, children and women who have been stranded and deprived of their reunion for almost 20 months because of punitive measures that are not related to morality and human values, by The KSA and the UAE and the Kingdom of Bahrain, leading to violation of the rights of thousands of families that have been torn apart, while forcing parents to move away from their children, under the pretext of political dispute. We call upon you and support your best efforts to bring peace and security in the world. At the same time, we wonder, how peace can be brought in the Gulf region, while Discriminatory and racist measures persisted, such as those practiced by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, with the support of Egypt against the peoples of the Gulf today”, Al Marri said

The call for peace should be preceded by the call for the lifting of the blockade

Al-Marri criticized the twofold position taken by the governments of the countries of the blockade that claim their support for world peace, while continuing to impose the blockade on the people and violate their rights. He said: “How do the countries of the blockade claim their support for peace, and they continue to tear apart the social fabric of the Gulf? Qatar, and even their people have not been excluded from their racist and discriminatory decisions and their deterrent laws that prevent them from communicating and reuniting with their parents and relatives in the State of Qatar. ”

Al Marri added: “The call for peace should be preceded by the call to lift the blockade on the State of Qatar and lift the injustice of the victims. In fact, there is a lack of political will on the part of the United Arab Emirates to bring peace to the region, or how else the government of Abu Dhabi punish the people through taking measures against citizens and residents of the State of Qatar and the UAE, through which families were separated, students were expelled, the right to property, work, movement and residence are violated, not to mention the involvement of UAE officials in encouraging conflict, inciting to hatred in the media and various platforms. Furthermore, We condemn the laws issued by the KSA that criminalize the sympathy of their people with their Qatar while imposing imprisonment and huge fines.”

On the other hand, His Excellency Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh praised the speech of His Holiness Pope Francis on the occasion of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the presence of members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, in which His Holiness stated that the objective of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is to remove barriers to family reunification and support integrated human development.”

“We join our voice to your holiness, and we affirm that the most serious repercussions caused by the blockade of Qatar are those violations that have caused the dispersal of thousands of families due to the measures taken by the blockading states”, Al Marri said.

Partnership in interfaith dialogue and human rights

At the end of his meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis, Dr. Ali bin Samikh gave a book of manuscripts on human rights in Islamic culture to his holiness. He also discussed with him the partnership between the NHRC and the Vatican in the field of interfaith dialogue and human rights. Al Marri briefed him on the activities of the NHRC in this field and its experience in organizing international exhibitions on human rights in Islam. In addition, they discussed the possibility of organizing the Arabic calligraphy exhibition “Human Rights in Islam” at the Vatican in the future, following the success of the exhibition in its previous versions, which was hosted by many countries of the world.

Al-Marri: The people of the Gulf have not witnessed an inflammatory speech similar to that of the countries of the blockade

The visit of the National Human Rights Committee to the Vatican, was also an opportunity to hold a meeting with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the secretary for relations with States of the Holy Vatican. During the meeting, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh gave a presentation on the National Human Rights Committee and its role in the protection and promotion of human rights, and presented the most prominent developments in the State of Qatar in the field of human rights through the legislative reforms adopted by the Qatari Government for the development of human rights in response to the recommendations of the National Human Rights Committee.”

Al-Marri called on the Vatican to “mobilize its efforts and movements with international organizations and governments to address extremism, hate speech and incitement, and to avoid repeating the humanitarian tragedy of the peoples of the Gulf who have been the victims of punitive measures.”

Al Marri provided to the Holy See Secretary of State Archbishop Paul Richard all reports documenting the violations of the blockading states, including the “General Report on the blockade of Qatar” issued by the National Human Rights Committee, the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the blockade of Qatar, And the report issued by the National Human Rights Committee on the UAE violations of the ICJ’s decision.

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Doha on Wednesday 30 January 2019 The National Human Rights Committee confirmed that the State of Qatar has implemented many […]

Doha on Wednesday 30 January 2019

The National Human Rights Committee confirmed that the State of Qatar has implemented many reforms in the last two years, which are the result of great efforts to protect and promote human rights, in which the National Human Rights Committee has contributed through its recommendations to the government, including the appointment of four women in the Shura Council.

In a lecture on the “Role of the NHRC in the Protection of Migrant Workers” on the third and final day of the APF SEO Meeting, the National Human Rights Committee stated that the right to work, as well as other social, economic and civil rights are guaranteed to every worker.”

The NHRC has always been able to recommend further reforms; The Committee was the first in Qatar to say that the sponsorship system should be abolished, and we raised the concern that the category of domestic workers are excluded from the labor law, and presented these concerns in our reports and recommendations to the Qatari government, and submit proposals to resolve these problems. The National Human Rights Committee remains satisfied that the products of its work, including the enactment of the Domestic Employment Law, the abolition of the sponsorship system and new laws to protect wages. The role of the National Committee is to follow up on the implementation of new reforms. We have previously conducted a study on the situation of workers including a questionnaire in which 1,200 workers participated, out of which 98% claimed that they paid for their work visas. It is a good practice that the Qatari government has taken a very good step by opening an employment office in Sri Lanka, which ensures Ethical and responsible recruitment of migrant workers. The NHRC will open other offices in other labor-exporting countries to ensure that recruitment is on the right footing” ​​said the National Committee on Human Rights.

The NHRC concluded its paper by saying: “In addition to these gains, we are concerned with the category of persons with disabilities, women and children. The NHRC has monitored some violations of human rights, made recommendations to the competent authority, and has been working to resolve them in practice. We are looking forward to the implementation of our recommendations to the government, including our recommendations to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Individual Migrant Workers and their Families. We also consider women’s rights a priority in terms of participation in public affairs and protection against violence through the development of legislation and special regulations.”

Abdel Basset El Hassan: International conference on migration in the future

Dr. Abdel Basset Hassan, President of the Arab Institute for Human Rights, said that there is an attempt to organize an international conference on migration annually after the success of the Tunis conference which reflected the successful cooperation and coordination between the NHRIs, UNESCO and the Arab Institute for Human Rights. In his speech given during the Asia-Pacific Forum SEO Meeting, Dr. Basit Hassan said that the Arab Institute organized the first training course with the National Human Rights Committee in 2004 and organized several meetings of national committees, programs and books to reform the education process in Qatar. Dr. Basit noted that “over the past three decades, cooperation between civil society organizations and national human rights committees has focused on three main aspects of work: first, the introduction of human rights and their concepts in Arab countries, noting that it was not an easy task, as we have faced resistance with regard to many values ​​such as equality, freedom and others, but we need to continue to disseminate the concepts and values ​​of human rights across the world, even in situations of extremism and radicalism, incitement and intolerance, terrorism and hate.”
Dr. Abdel Basset Hassan discussed the need to develop cooperation and the preparation of policies on human rights, including them in social, economic and cultural policies, and the amendment of laws and legislation, pointing out that national human rights institutions can help civil societies to be an active actor in the formulation of policies and strategy. In many countries, these efforts have succeeded, and we have brought together the parties to change policies and regulations, despite the difficulties, and the shrinking space of civil society in many countries.”

Qatar has provided an important platform to discuss human rights challenges with transparency

While the SEO of the Asia-Pacific Forum concluded at the conclusion of their meeting in Doha that the National Commission for Human Rights has succeeded in providing a forum for frank dialogue, bringing together the largest number of executives to discuss the challenges to human rights in the region, stressing their determination to form a network to exchange experiences on strengthening Human rights in the region. On the third and final day of the meeting, participants gave an overview of their experiences in the development of human rights in Asia Pacific region. They agreed that the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar had successfully gathered the largest number of executives to address the various issues and challenges with transparency. The participants agreed to hold their next meeting in Mongolia. At the same time, they commended Qatar’s hosting the APF sub-regional office of West Asia, which has been actively involved in the implementation of the objectives of the APF, all of which are in the interest of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.

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Qatar’s hosting of the sub-regional Office for West Asia is another opportunity to resolve challenges to human rights Doha: January […]

Qatar’s hosting of the sub-regional Office for West Asia is another opportunity to resolve challenges to human rights

Doha: January 29, 2019

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, said that Doha will be a platform for open and transparent dialogue on the various challenges facing human rights in the region, pointing out that Qatar’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Forum Regional Office is another opportunity to fulfill its commitments to develop the human rights system and find solutions to the challenges it faces in Qatar and the region.

Dr. Al Marri’s remarks came during the meeting of the SEO from the Asia-Pacific Forum in Doha. Over the course of two days, Al Marri held meetings with the SEO from the member institutors in the Arab States, Asia and other institutions of the Asia-Pacific Forum. Al Marri discussed ways of enhancing cooperation between the National Human Rights Committee and its counterparts in the Asia Pacific region, which will develop the performance of human rights institutions, particularly following hosting the NHRC of the APF’s sub-regional office for West Asia at its headquarters since 2016, and unanimously electing Dr. Al Marri to serve as the Secretariat of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.

Dr. Al Marri called on SEO to enhance communication with each other in a way that serves the development and promotion of human rights in the Asia-Pacific region, and noted the importance of the roles and functions of national human rights institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. It is worth mentioning that The APF comprises 25 NHRIs, and it is considered to be the largest network of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, reflecting the development of the human rights system in the region.

Al Marri also noted that 16 national human rights institutions in Asia Pacific region, including the National Human Rights Committee, have been accredited status “A”. Furthermore, new national institutions have been established in other countries, such as Kuwait, Lebanon and Central Asian States.
Al Marri concluded by stressing the willingness of the National Human Rights Committee to organize more events and meetings that would open a platform for open and transparent dialogue on the most important challenges facing human rights institutions in Asia and the Pacific. Region.

Challenges to human rights organizations are on the table

On the other hand, SEO of the Asia-Pacific Forum continued their meetings on the second day by holding a series of training workshops on the challenges they face in their work, and how to develop their relationships and communication with various civil society actors and government officials so that they can achieve the objectives and vision of their institutions.

The participants gave a brief overview of the challenges facing each human rights institution in the Asia Pacific region, and the alternatives and solutions they have created to meet those challenges. The Senior Executive Network was established in 2001 as a platform for bringing together senior officials and human rights officers of the APF member institutions. The network provides a space for regular gathering of SEO and exchange of experiences, and providing support to SEO to address the challenges they face in managing NHRIs. The network of SEO aims to assist the management and secretariat of the Forum to respond to the development needs of member institutions through capacity development activities, support the implementation of the strategic plan of the Forum, identify and advise on emerging regional human rights issues, and put recommendations.
The SEO act as the bridge between the management of institutions and their employees; they work in increasingly difficult contexts as institutional focal points for communication with members, with the aim to identify challenges and also as consultants in the implementation of the Forum strategy. The Network of Senior Executives is therefore an important platform to support these unique positions, and build stronger national institutions.

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We contacted His Holiness Pope Benedict to intervene to stop the UAE violations We call upon all parties to the […]

We contacted His Holiness Pope Benedict to intervene to stop the UAE violations

We call upon all parties to the crisis to establish a joint, transparent and credible mechanism for the implementation of the decision of the “International court of Justice”

The NHRC monitored 745 violations of the rights dealt with by the ICJ’s decision of a total of 1090 UAE violations

The NHRC raises 13 recommendations to 4 different parties to end the violations of the UAE

505 violations of the right of access to courts and tribunals

153 violations of the right to education

87 violations of the right to family reunification

– The report on violations will be raised to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the High Commissioner and 400 international organizations

– UAE officials continue to disseminate hate speech, incite to violence and discredit Qatar

– UAE measures violate the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination that it has ratified

– Victims have not been able to access justice and exercise their right to litigation

– Only a very small number of issues have been resolved

– The UAE has not adopted a clear mechanism for implementing the ICJ’s decision

– We call on the International Court of Justice to compel Abu Dhabi to comply with its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

– We call on the Government of Qatar to provide the International Court and the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination with UAE violations

– We call on the Government of Qatar to request the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to adopt interim measures of protection to prevent any irreparable harm to the rights of protected persons

Geneva Day: 23 January 2019

Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, announced the publication the first report prepared by the NHRC, which documents the figures and testimonies of the victims. The UAE refrains from complying with the decision issued by the International Court of Justice, pointing out that the report documents 745 cases of violations until mid-January, which are committed by the UAE authorities against citizens and residents of the State of Qatar within six months of the issuance of the ICJ’s decision.

Al-Marri calls on His Holiness Pope Benedict to intervene to stop UAE violations

Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh Al Marri said that he had contacted His Holiness Pope Francis to intervene to stop human rights violations against citizens and residents of the State of Qatar by the authorities in the United Arab Emirates. In a press conference held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the Geneva Press Club, in the presence of the Swiss media and the correspondents of the Arab and international media, Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh Al Marri discussed the UAE’s violations following the ICJ’s decision and the repercussions of the blockade imposed on Qatar; asking His Holiness to intervene to stop these violations immediately. Al Marri expressed his appreciation for the efforts exerted by His Holiness Pope Francis to defend human rights and his emphasis on the importance of establishing peace and security in the world in his various statements and visits across the world. Al Marri also confirmed that the report on the UAE violations will be sent to the International Court of Justice and more than 400 international organizations and bodies, including the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Court of Justice and the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri, said that the report covers the period following the issuance of the ICJ’s decision from July 23, 2018 to January 15, 2019. The report examines the extent to which the United Arab Emirates has implemented the International Court of Justice’s decision No. 172 of July 23, 2018, entitled “The International Court of Justice Ruling of the State of Qatar against the United Arab Emirates”, and Its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, in respect of practices and actions that violate the human rights of citizens and residents of the State of Qatar. The National Human Rights Committee welcomes the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which has two obligations: First, it reminds the UAE of its obligation to comply with its obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by taking interim measures to preserve specific rights such as the right to family reunification, the right to education and the right to access other courts and tribunals in the United Arab Emirates. Secondly, it urges the parties to stop the escalation of the Gulf crisis in order to ensure that the worsening of their dispute.

Mechanism for monitoring violations

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh pointed out that the report “aims to monitor the UAE’s commitment to the decision of the International Court of Justice on interim measures in the case brought before it by the State of Qatar in accordance with article 22 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The information contained in the report was based mainly on the violations received by the National Human Rights Committee in person at the NHRC’s headquarters, through the hotline established specifically to follow up on the implementation of the resolution or by e-mail of the Committee since 5 June 2017.

Al Marri said: The National Human Rights Committee has asked every affected person who wishes to file a complaint to attend the headquarters to open a file and provide the necessary documents and necessary evidence, and communicate with the committee in the event of any developments. Following the announcement of the International Court of Justice’s decision, the NHRC has set up two hotlines for the purpose of receiving concerns on issues relating to the commitment of the United Arab Emirates following the issuance of the decision of the International Court of Justice. The renewed contact with all victims by telephone during the first week of September 2018 to seek update on their cases and other developments. Complainants were also requested to hand over any additional documents, either in person or through the Committee’s e-mail, with original copies of their files.

UAE violations in figures

Dr. Al Marri explained that the report highlights the continuing violations by the United Arab Emirates because of the unilateral measures taken against the State of Qatar even after the decision of the International Court of Justice. The report also monitors statistics on human rights violations due to arbitrary measures taken by the UAE against citizens and residents of the State of Qatar. The report also discusses the continued escalation of the Gulf crisis through the dissemination of hate speech and incitement to violence and against the State of Qatar and its residents. The total number of UAE violations monitored by the National Human Rights Committee amounted to 1,099 violations of the fundamental rights of citizens and residents of the State of Qatar, but present report only revealed the total violations of the UAE within the decision of the International Court of Justice; Of the 745 violations of fundamental rights addressed in the ICJ decision, the report referred to 505 violations of the right to litigation (including 498 violations of the right to property and 7 violations of the right to work), as well as 153 violations of the right to education and 87 violations of the right to Family reunification.

Addressing 6 cases out of 159 complaints relating to violations of the right to education

On the violations of the right to education, the report prepared by the National Human Rights Committee states: “Despite the decision of the International Court of Justice, which affirms that Qatari students have the opportunity to complete their education in the UAE or to obtain their educational records if they wish to continue their studies elsewhere, the National Human Rights Committee has documented 159 complaints of Qatari students. the UAE has resolved only 6 cases, because they were presented as individual complaints in international mechanisms such as UNESCO The UAE rushed to resolve to avoid international condemnation, pointing out that It is clear that the UAE authorities have not taken the necessary measures and mechanisms, and their educational institutions have not been able to implement the ICJ’s decision, as they are still obliged not to cooperate with expelled Qatari students according to the testimonies documented by the NHRC. The National Human Rights Committee explained that “expulsion and suspension of students without legal justification and preventing them from completing the study not only violate their right to education but extends to violate their right guaranteed to freedom of movement and residence, which is guaranteed by all international laws and conventions.”

Violation of the right to access to courts and tribunals

The report of the National Human Rights Committee has documented 505 cases of violations of the right to access to courts and tribunals as of January 2019. Despite the decision of the International Court of Justice. As of January 2019, seven months after the ICJ’s decision, the United Arab Emirates did not take any action or establish a clear mechanism to allow access to this right.
The report concluded that “violations of the right to access to the courts and other tribunals is related to the right to private property and the right to work. According to the National Human Rights Committee, owners of private property and investors, from citizens and residents of the State of Qatar, were deprived of the right to access and dispose of their property.

Report Conclusions

The report of the National Human Rights committee indicated that The NHRC further emphasizes the following:

1- The UAE continues to have no consideration to the rights of the most vulnerable groups including women, children, persons with disabilities and the elderly. Its arbitrary measures has resulted in violations of the rights of thousands of people particularly those groups in the areas of education, family reunification, work and health.

2- The continued failure of victims to access justice in the UAE and the exercise of their right to access courts and other tribunals and related rights, such as the right to litigation. This has prevented the redress and compensation of these victims and the restoration of their rights despite their numerous attempts. Furthermore, the UAE authorities on June 7, 2007 issued a law criminalizing sympathy with Qatar and considering it a punishable crime. This has impeded the implementation of this right where many of the law firms in the UAE refused to hire lawyers for Qataris due to the penalties prescribed in the law.

3- Human rights violations continue to happen due to measures taken by the UAE on June 5, 2007, and only a very small number of cases of those affected have been resolved.

4- The UAE has not established a clear mechanism for the implementation of the ICJ’s decision by defining or publicizing any mechanism to which victims may resort to settle their situation, in addition to not establishing hotlines for this purpose.

Recommendations to the concerned authorities

The report included a set of recommendations To the ICJ:

1- Respectfully requesting the Court to order the UAE to take all necessary measures to comply with their obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,

2- To oblige all parties to establish a clear and transparent joint working mechanism for all the victims and to monitor the implementation of such mechanism.

3- To take into account the contents of this report issued by the NHRC and to make it an official document in this case.

With regard to recommendations to the UAE, the report included a set of recommendations as follows:

1- Promptly and positively comply with the ICJ’s decision;

2- Establish a clear and transparent mechanisms in cooperation with the Qatari Government in order to guarantee their full compliance with the ICJ’s decision;

3- Immediately refrain from any escalation of the crisis.

With regard to recommendations to the Qatari Government, the report included a set of recommendations as follows:

1- Communicate with the UAE to discuss the establishment of a joint mechanism to implement the ICJ’s decision;

2- To monitor all violations committed after this decision and to provide information about such violations to the ICJ; and

3- To submit a detailed report on the extent of the UAE’s commitment to the ICJ’s decisions to:

President of the ICJ.
Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Security Council.
Human Rights Council.

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Karim Ghezraoui: Qatar has worked very hard and we are witnessing very positive actions Doha: January 19, 2019 Ms. Koumbou […]

Karim Ghezraoui: Qatar has worked very hard and we are witnessing very positive actions

Doha: January 19, 2019

Ms. Koumbou Barry, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education confirmed that she had received invitations to study the violations of hundreds of Qatari students who had been deprived of their right to education because of the unjust blockade. At the same time, pointing out that Qatar enjoys security and peace, and provides a remarkable space for the transition and development of education.

Mr. Karim Ghezraoui, Chief of Section in the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed Qatar’s keenness to develop human rights and coordinate with the special mechanisms, “The State of Qatar works hard to implement the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on workers Immigrants, and we witness very positive actions, such as the abolition of the sponsorship system and exit permits.”

An intensive academic and diplomatic presence

The remarks were made during an academic seminar organized by the National Human Rights Committee and hosted by Qatar University, entitled “Role of United Nations Special Rapporteurs in the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights”. The seminar, chaired by Dr. Mohammed Saif Al Kuwari, a member of the National Human Rights Committee, dealt with the work and terms of reference of the United Nations Special Rapporteurs and the definition of their mandate with civil society organizations. The meeting was attended by distinguished academics and students of Qatar University.

The seminar was organized on the sidelines of the visit by Ms. Koumbou Barry and Mr. Karim Khazraoui to Doha, at the invitation of the National Human Rights Committee, as part of the definition of the mandate of the special rapporteurs.

Koumbou Barry: Education is valued and respected in Qatar

Ms. Koumbou Barry, Special Rapporteur on the right to Education at the United Nations, said that she came to Qatar carrying messages to the Qatari leadership and people. The first is “recognition, appreciation and gratitude to the State of Qatar, which I visited for the second time. My first time was with the minister of education in Burkina Faso in a High level conference on education. I believe this country enjoys security and peace, and it provides a very remarkable space for education, which reflects Qatar’s appreciation and respect for education.”

Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the right to Education

Ms. Koumbou Barry spoke of her mandate as UN Special Rapporteur on the right to Education, pointing out the mandates of the special rapporteurs are academic, and they provide a summary of their knowledge and experience free of charge, contrary to what many individuals think. “My mandate includes all the countries of the world, I work with a number of international universities. I also work with civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations, and exchange communications requesting support and information; furthermore I cooperate with UNESCO and other United Nations organizations” said Ms. Barry.

Ms. Koumbou explained that there are three tools and mechanisms used by the Special Rapporteur, the first of which was field visits to the States, assessing their education system and preparing a detailed report to be submitted to the United Nations General Assembly and the Human Rights Council in Geneva; The second mechanism is to focus on a specific theme, such as support for students with special needs or literacy programs, noting that they focus on specific topics, such as aspects of financing education, in which reports are submitted to the competent authorities in the countries visited, including recommendations to enhance the quality of education provided. The third tool relates to addressing violations of education, upon the receipt of complaints. “I am responsible of studying this information, conducting an assessment of the complaint in detail, requesting clarification from the Governments on the such violations targeting a particular category or region”, said Ms. Barry.

Karim Ghezraoui: Qatar is keen to develop human rights

“On behalf of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Middle East, I would like to thank the National Human Rights Committee for the initiative and the Qatar University for Hosting,” said Karim Ghezraoui is a Chief of Section in the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“We appreciate the cooperation of the State of Qatar with special procedures mechanisms and special rapporteurs. The Special Rapporteur on migrant workers has visited the State of Qatar and submitted a very important report. We believe that the State of Qatar has seriously worked on the implementation of the recommendations within six years and we are beginning to see very positive actions. A lot of things have happened, such as the abolition of the sponsorship system and exit permits” said Ghezraoui.

Development of the special procedures mechanism

Mr. Kareem Ghezraoui gave a historical account of the evolution of the special procedures mechanism. “It is very important to note that the Special Rapporteur is independent and works alone. He has a network of relations with various organizations and parties that work with him and assists him. Many of the special rapporteurs are under pressure from their own countries, and even from UN member states at times” said Mr. Ghezraoui, pointing out that sometimes this is difficult to achieve. For example, the Special Rapporteur on torture may send a letter to a State about violations, But some countries respond, others may refuse, and they cannot visit the country unless the state concerned agrees.

Ghezraoui also pointed out that the special rapporteurs always ask the Member States to accept invitations to visit them, and they have already visited most of the world, making the system of special rapporteurs global. Some States have also submitted requests to visit them. However, it is not possible to visit all the countries of the world on a continuous basis. This is one of the challenges facing special rapporteurs, noting that the Special Rapporteur could examine individual cases of persons who submit a complaint to special rapporteurs and ask for clarification from the State concerned.

Independence of Special Rapporteurs

The Chief of Section in the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights stressed that only the special rapporteurs decide what is contained in the reports they prepare, based on their research and the nature of the situation in that country. Special rapporteurs meet with government officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals as deemed necessary.

Ghezraoui pointed out that some countries sometimes want to put forward a defined schedule of the of special rapporteurs. Some special rapporteurs refuse to remain in one city, for example, and this requires negotiation with the State through the Office of the High Commissioner and coordinators of the groups, noting that following the visit, the Special Rapporteur submit a summary of his work and his report to the country concerned for their views. States may make written reservations, but the Special Rapporteur may accept or reject such observations.

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Doha on January 16, 2019 Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met with Mr. […]

Doha on January 16, 2019

Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met with Mr. Karim Ghezraoui, Chief of Section in the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Dr. Koumbou Boly Barry, Special Rapporteur on the right to education, during their visit to Doha, at the invitation of the National Human Rights Committee. During the meeting, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri discussed the efforts and working methods of the National Human Rights Committee since its establishment. Al Marri also briefed on the moves taken by the NHRC to stop the violations committed against citizens and residents of Qatar due to the unjust blockade imposed since 5 June 2017, through monitoring and documenting violations, communication with international human rights mechanisms, conducting visits and meetings with international governments, parliaments and human rights organizations.

Dr. Al Marri, chairman of the National Human Rights Committee discussed with Dr. Koumbou Boly Barry, Special Rapporteur on the right of education in the United Nations, the serious repercussions of the violations of the right to education by the countries of the blockade, which prevented many Qatari students from completing their education in the universities of the countries of blockade. Al Marri called on the Special Rapporteur on education to take further urgent and effective measures to urge the countries of the blockade to comply with international conventions and human rights laws, and put an end to the suffering of Qatari students affected by the discriminatory measures taken by the blockading countries. In his discussion with Mr. Karim Ghezraoui, Al Marri addressed violations of the eight basic rights of citizens and residents of Qatar, such as the right to practice religious rites, right to health, right to property, the right to litigation and the right to family reunification.

Interviews with officials of the National Human Rights Committee

During their visit to the headquarters of the National Human Rights Committee, Ms. Koumbou and Mr. Karim met with officials of various departments of the NHRC and heard a detailed presentation on the objectives of the National Human Rights Committee and its objectives in the field of human rights development in Qatar. Ms. Koumbou and Mr. Karim also provided explanations to the officials of the National Commission on Human Rights to introduce the functions and mandate of special rapporteurs and their relationship with civil society organizations.

Suffering of the victims of the blockade

On the other hand, Ms. Koumbou, Special Rapporteur on the right to education at the United Nations, met with representatives of the victims of the unjust blockade imposed on Qatar and listened to the details of their complaints, including denied access to school, due to the discriminatory procedures at the universities of the blockading countries. The victims stressed their continued suffering, and the denial of the universities in the blockading countries to allow them to continue their education, or at least obtain educational records.
In a meeting with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Education, a number of students said that universities in the United Arab Emirates have not responded to the International Court of Justice’s decision, which calls on the Abu Dhabi government to stop all discriminatory measures against Qatari students and allow them to complete their studies.

Mr. Karim Ghezraoui listened to testimonies of those affected by the blockade, including victims deprived of their religious rights (Hajj and Umrah); and those who were also prevented from conducting Hajj campaigns for two consecutive years, and suffered blatant losses due to the obstacles imposed by the Saudi authorities, as well as property owners and mixed families.

A seminar at Qatar University on the role of special rapporteurs in the promotion and protection of human rights

On the sidelines of their visit to Doha, Special Rapporteur on the right to Education at the United Nations, and the Chief of Section in the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, will speak on Thursday at a seminar with Qatar University, on the “Role of United Nations Special Rapporteurs in the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights”. The seminar will address the work and terms of reference of United Nations special rapporteurs and define their mandate.

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