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The Supreme Preparatory Committee of the International Conference on “the role of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the […]

The Supreme Preparatory Committee of the International Conference on “the role of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the protection and promotion of human rights in the Arab region”, organized by the NHRC and the High Commissioner for Human Rights in cooperation with the League of Arab States and the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions, under the patronage of HE Prime minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, with participation of 200 representatives of international organizations and institutions, United Nations agencies, offices of human rights at ministries of foreign affairs in the Arab region, human rights commissions, legal committees at the Arab parliaments and advisory councils; national human rights institutions, and civil society organizations, including human rights organizations, regional and international non-governmental organizations, and bodies created under the international human rights treaties and regional organizations (League of Arab States, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Organization of Islamic Cooperation … etc.), and research and studies centers on development and human rights mechanisms, as well as Arab and international personalities and representatives of offices of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Middle East, North Africa and Geneva.

The meeting discussed the final arrangements for the conference in Doha on 13 and 14 January where participants emphasized the presence and participation of HE Prince Zeid bin Raad, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, HE Dr. Nabil El Araby, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, HE Dr. Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani , Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, HE Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Al Jarwan, head of the Arab Parliament, HE Dr. Musa Burayzat, President of the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions.

During the meeting, the overall objective of the conference was discussed pointing out that the main aim is to highlight appropriate and necessary approaches of the United Nations human rights system, particularly the role of OHCHR to promote and protect human rights in the current context of the Arab region; how to improve States’ engagement with United Nations treaty bodies’ mechanisms and to follow-up effectively on the Universal Periodic Review’s recommendations. The Conference will serve as a forum for an interactive dialogue on roles, achievements, progress, best practices and expectation of the various stakeholders in promoting and protecting human rights in the Arab region. It also forms a significant opportunity to discuss the OHCHR’s plans in the region and move forward structural reforms within the OHCHR which have been announced by the UN high Commissioner for Human Rights in his first speech at the Human Rights Council in 2014.

Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, secretary-general of the NHRC said that: This conference is the first of its kind, where most human rights officials from the United Nations and the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Arab region in Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Libya and other Arab countries. She added: This conference came at the initiative of the State of Qatar and it will cover many issues, including cooperation of Arab Member States with the United Nations human rights system, including the OHCHR, the status of ratification of the core human rights treaties, partnership with The United Nations human rights mechanisms, including treaty bodies and special procedures, implementation of the UPR recommendations; Noting that the conference is a good opportunity for interaction between representatives of States, national institutions and civil society on issues and concerns related to human rights, as well as the activation of dialogue and cooperation between the United Nations system, the OHCHR, those Arab actors, and governmental and non-governmental organizations in the field of human rights; pointing out that the most prominent role played by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is conducting its activities to achieve prevention, promotion and protection of human rights. She pointed out that, in spite of some important positive results achieved at the level of states, the Arab region still faces many challenges in the field of human rights. Most notably the emergence of armed violence groups and other forces that do not believe in tolerance or coexistence while ignoring the minimum standards and principles of human rights, freedoms, political participation and other similar demands. Al-Attiyah said that these problems have impacted the situation of human rights in the region, and the performance of civil society organizations and the work of the High Commissioner.
Al Attiyah said that in the light of the decline in respect for human rights at the regional and international levels, the role of the High Commissioner in response to this pattern of violations is questioned; She noted that the conference shall include plenary sessions and workshops, where participants shall develop a set of institutional recommendations with the aim to improve the human rights situation in the region.

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The NHRC held a meeting at its headquarters with a delegation from the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children; the […]

The NHRC held a meeting at its headquarters with a delegation from the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children; the meeting provided a brief introduction about the work of the parties in the protection and promotion of human rights.

Mr. Jaber Al Huwail, Director of the Legal Affairs at the NHRC gave a comprehensive definition of terms of reference of the NHRC, its objectives and legal nature, mechanism of to receiving complaints and petitions.

Al Huwail gave a detailed explanation of the department of Legal Affairs at the NHRC, pointing out that the NHRC conducts visits to public and private institutions in order to stand on the humanitarian challenges they may face. He pointed out that the NHRC in the awareness and educational framework of its mission organizes workshops and international conferences that cover the issues of human rights. Al Huwail stressed that the NHRC is keen to cooperate with ministries and public and private institutions relevant to the subject or issues covered by these course.

During the meeting, Al Huwail expressed the readiness of the NHRC to cooperate with Dubai Foundation for Women and Children in organizing workshops and training courses, either in Qatar or the United Arab Emirates and explained that the NHRC had organized training sessions with their counterparts in the GCC countries which welcome exchange of experiences and different practices .

Mrs. Fatima Hussein Issa, Business Development Consultant at the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, discussed goals, nature of the administrative structure, and role of the Foundation in providing care and shelter services to women and children, according to international conventions on human rights and pointed out that the vision of the Foundation aspires to a society free of violence in Dubai; pointing out that the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children is the first non-profit home care institution authorized by the United Arab Emirates for women and children victims of domestic violence and child abuse and human trafficking. Mrs. Fatima Hussein Issa said the Foundation was established in July 2007 under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

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Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, chairman of the NHRC in his speech on the occasion of the celebration of […]

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, chairman of the NHRC in his speech on the occasion of the celebration of Qatar National Day, extended sincere congratulations to His Highness the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, to His Highness The Father Amir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, to the state and Government of Qatar and its people, noting that the promotion and protection of human rights is an integral part of the vision of the wise leadership of the State of Qatar, and one of basic pillars in building a state of law and institutions, thanks to the support and guidance of His Highness the Emir, may God protect him.

Dr. Al Marri pointed out that the state has made great efforts in the field of promotion and protection of human rights and freedoms, evidenced by the facts figures and statistics of what has already been implemented; He added: It is no secret that the state has made diligent efforts in the areas of health, education, housing, employment, social security, independence of the judiciary, promotion of the rights of women, children, persons with disabilities and the elderly, and other various fields of human rights; Pointing out that the state has provided care, attention and financial and moral support based on the implementation and development of Qatar National Vision 2030.

Al Marri added that the NHRC since its establishment by Decree-Law No. (38) for the year 2002 and reorganization under Decree-Law No. (17) for the year 2010 monitors human rights situation in the State of Qatar, in which it witnessed concrete developments in the area of ​​human rights; He added that the NHRC plays an important role in the protection and promotion of human rights with impartiality, credibility, integrity and transparency, through highlighting the positive aspects and working seriously to avoid any negative aspects, in which the most important objectives are based on the dissemination of culture of human rights among all citizens, and the consolidation of the principles of human rights to ensure the success of official efforts in the promotion of these rights; Noting at the same time that the NHRC has extended with all bodies and institutions, both internally and externally bridges of cooperation and understanding to gain access to the best possible and appropriate means for the promotion and protection of human rights in the State of Qatar for citizens and expatriates.

Dr. Al Marri noted that the record of the State of Qatar in the field of human rights with the support of the wise leadership, has had a great impact on the granting the NHRC status (A) by the International Coordination Committee of National Human Rights Institutions (ICC) in Geneva, which is the highest degree in the rankings, for the second time in a row for a period of five years ending at the end of 2020, due to meeting the requirements of independence, transparency, credibility, and all requirements and standards required within what is known as the Paris Principles.

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The regional workshop on “the protection of refugees in humanitarian crises” has come up with various recommendations on in promoting […]

The regional workshop on “the protection of refugees in humanitarian crises” has come up with various recommendations on in promoting awareness about the rights of refugees through traditional media and means of social communication and organizing training courses and specialized workshops for the benefit of officials of various bodies involved in this subject.

The training course organized by the NHRC in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at the conclusion of the events, urged states to join the UN The 1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol and adopt a law on asylum.

The recommendations also included organizing a regional forum reflects the efforts of the he Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf in support of Syrian refugees in their crisis.

The workshop was organized over two days, by the NHRC in cooperation with the Regional Representative of the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in the context of the efforts of the parties to consolidate, develop and integrate all aspects of cooperation and joint action, and activate the MOU concluded between them.

The workshop shed light on the rights of refugees in times of crisis, especially in the presence of a huge number of tragic disasters around the world. It also addressed the issue of protection in crises in camps and other gathering places for refugees and displaced persons and vulnerable groups and special needs of protection, humanitarian negotiations and registration as a means of protection and other related topics.

During the regional workshop, several working papers were presented on the role, functions, terms of reference and achievements of the NHRC, as well as working papers on international protection, refugee camps and other gathering places for refugees and displaced, protection of refugees in crisis situations, humanitarian negotiation, needs of refugees and vulnerable groups, definition of asylum and other related worksheets

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The NHRC participated in the regional meeting of experts on press freedom and human rights which took place in Morocco […]

The NHRC participated in the regional meeting of experts on press freedom and human rights which took place in Morocco during the period from 10 to 11 December 2015. The meeting was organized by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO). The NHRC was represented at the meeting by Mr. Abdullah Ali Al Mahmoud, head of the Public Relations and Media unit at the NHRC, where he presented a working paper titled (national mechanisms for the protection and promotion of human rights). The Doha Center for Media Freedom also participated in the meeting and represented by Mr. Jaber bin Shafaa Al-Marri, head of the International Relations Center.

Through the working paper he presented, Al Mahmood pointed out national mechanisms are national bodies, authorities, structures, and organizations involved in the promotion and protection of human rights at the national level, such as laws, particularly the country’s permanent constitution, which embodies one of the most important achievements in modern history of the State of Qatar as it laid down principles of respect for human rights, pursue the democratic system, and build a society according to Justice, Charity, freedom and morals. The basic mission of the parliamentary committees on human rights, the judiciary, ministries, government bodies, departments concerned with human rights, including human rights departments at interior, foreign affairs and justice ministries, Department of the Elderly and Persons with Disability Affairs, Social Security department, and Office of the Ombudsman, is to receive complaints from the public and protect people from violation of their rights, abuse of power or errors or negligence, with the aim to raise these grievances and improve public administration, pointing out that the Parliamentary Human Rights Committees are one of the important mechanisms for the protection of human rights, work to develop the existing provisions of legislation that are incompatible with human rights and put amendments aimed at guaranteeing effective guarantees for human rights.

Al Mahmood also discussed the important role of national human rights institutions as one of the national mechanisms for the advancement of human rights, pointing out that it lies between governmental structures and non-governmental organizations, and perform its prominent role in promoting respect for human rights and has the authority to negotiate with governments about overcoming obstacles to the realization and promotion of human rights; on the other hand, its independence from government bodies have the potential to create roots in the community, communicate with non-governmental organizations concerned with human rights and support their demands in promoting respect for human rights.

He pointed out that the NHRC is one of the most important human rights protection mechanisms and said: Decree Law 38 of 2002 on organizing the NHRC, established it as a national official organization for the promotion and protection of human rights in Qatar. The NHRC has played its role and performs its mission at the local, regional and international levels. Due to its independent work, transparency and commitment to the principles of Paris, the NHRC accredited by the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) status (A) in 2011 for a period of five years and renewed accreditation for a similar period until 2020.

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The NHRC concluded the symposium organized in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of the Sultanate of Oman […]

The NHRC concluded the symposium organized in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of the Sultanate of Oman on (the ideal framework for how to deal with human rights issues through regional and international mechanisms) under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Saidi, Minister of Legal Affairs,
In the presence of His Excellency the Chairman of the Committee and the Secretary General and Mr. Saif bin Ali Al Mohannadi, Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Qatar, Sultanate of Oman from 23 to 25 November, at the headquarters of The Traffic Safety Institute in the Sultanate of Oman; with a wide participation of more than 70 Institute representative for 23 ministries, military institutions and Omani civil society organizations, including the State Council, the advisory Council, the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Internal Security Service, Public Prosecution, Ministry of Social Development, and the Royal Oman Police, Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Information as well as the General Confederation of the Sultanate of Oman’s Laborers.

Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General, in her closing remarks, expressed the sincere appreciation to His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri (Chairman of the NHRC) and to His Excellency Mr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Riyami (Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee of the Sultanate of Oman) for their keenness to strengthen the cooperation between the committees of human rights in the Sultanate of Oman and Qatar; which is reflected in the convening courses and other cooperation activities.

Al-Attiyah said It is a pleasure to participate in the closing ceremony of the training course on “the ideal framework for how to deal with human rights issues through the use of international and regional mechanisms”, which was organized in cooperation with the National Human Rights Committee of the Sultanate of Oman, in the framework of the joint keenness on strengthening capacities in the field of human rights. She noted that boosting cooperation with national human rights institutions in the Arab countries in general, and the Gulf relations especially, through capacity building and transfer of expertise deepen the historical relations, and build genuine partnerships consistent with interests of our peoples and common aspirations.
Al-Attiyah extended thanks and gratitude to The National Human Rights Committee of the Sultanate of Oman for the warm reception, praising the great effort in hosting this training course, and participants on attending the training program.

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The National Human Rights Committee concluded the training course organized in collaboration with the Human Rights Institute of the University […]

The National Human Rights Committee concluded the training course organized in collaboration with the Human Rights Institute of the University of Lyon, on “international mechanisms to protect migrant workers”. The last sessions of the course discussed the human rights indicators relating to the protection of migrant workers as well as the approach based on human rights with regard to migration, social and economic indicators for Migration as well as a workshop on criteria, indicators and gap analysis.

Dr. Abdul Aziz Almoghaisab, member of the Committee extended thanks to the participants and called them for deepening the concepts that they had received during the session on the intellectual and practical levels.

Almoghaisab said: We hope that the participants may have actually benefited from this course and achieved its objectives; this not only depends on the conclusion of the session, but also on the obtained knowledge involvement in research and studies in all humanitarian fields.

Almoghaisab thanked the Human Rights Institute of the University of Lyon for the fruitful and continuous cooperation with the NHRC in such courses.

In conclusion, Dr. Almoghaisab and Mr. Fahad Bin Mubarak Al-Hajri, Director of Financial and Administrative Affairs at the NHRC distributed certificates to the participants who answered a questionnaire that was distributed to them on the evaluation of  the session in terms of organization, timing and working papers presented as well as the selection of participants

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The National Human Rights Committee concluded the dialogue session organized in collaboration with the Qatar Foundation for Social Action on […]

The National Human Rights Committee concluded the dialogue session organized in collaboration with the Qatar Foundation for Social Action on the development based on the principles of human rights. Mr. Jaber Al Huwail, Director of the Department of Legal Affairs gave the closing speech on behalf of Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the NHRC, in which he indicated that these sessions came in the context of the implementation of the Memorandum of understanding between the NHRC and the Qatar Foundation for Social Action, which aims to disseminate, promote and protect the human rights culture in Qatari society, activate the role of civil society institutions, and ensure that all individuals enjoy their rights on the basis of full participation in rights and responsibilities to achieve human and social development.

Al-Attiyah said The issue of human rights has received great attention by the international community since the middle of last century which saw the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the past three decades saw significant developments in the issues of human rights around the world, most notably that the concept of human rights is no longer traditionally introduced, including civil and political rights only, however it comprehensively introduced with links between civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights; where the right to development is one of the most important human rights stressed in the final declaration of the conference on human rights Vienna in 1993, which stressed that democracy, development and respect for human rights and the guarantee of fundamental freedoms and human rights are interdependent and complementary.

Al Attiyah emphasized that the State of Qatar under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani pays increasing attention to human rights in all fields, which has been translated to joining several international conventions relevant to human rights and fundamental freedoms and devoting Qatar’s efforts to achieve sustainable development in the social, economic and environmental dimensions to ensure a dignified life for citizens generation after generation; in order to activate the above-mentioned, the leadership developed Qatar’s National Vision 2030 which is working on all the challenges to the advancement of the State of Qatar and the welfare of its people.

The dialogue sessions have addressed in the final day a number of papers on the national mechanisms for the protection of human rights, international mechanisms for the protection of human rights, and Human rights and corresponding duties or responsibilities.

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