Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Marri, Chairman of the NHRC met in his office at the headquarters of the NHRC Dr. Izz al-Din Alasbahi, the Yemeni Human rights Minister. The meeting dealt with the importance of activating the mechanisms of partnership in the process of dissemination and establishment of the human rights culture.Read More
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The NHRC organizes in collaboration with the General Secretariat of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers the second Conference on the challenges to security and human rights in the Arab region at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Council in Tunisia in the framework of the implementation of the recommendations of the first conference organized by the NHRC in Doha in November of 2014 and co-organized by the League of Arab States, the General Secretariat of the Arab Ministers, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions.
Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the NHRC stated during a meeting with Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Kuman, secretary general of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers “organizing the second International Conference on the challenges to security and human rights in the Arab region comes in the framework of the implementation of the recommendations of the first conference, which was held in Doha, and the positive interaction at the regional and international levels, from governments and civil society organizations. Al Marri added that the importance of the First Conference, its success and the sensitive phase in which it took place requires us to develop appropriate and effective mechanisms to implement its recommendations. Al Marri stressed that terrorism is one of the greatest violation of human rights and people’s lives, however combating terrorism should rely on approaches, legislation and legitimate mechanisms that are consistent with human rights standards, and safeguard the rights of individuals and communities.
Al Marri stressed that what is going through the Arab world during the past few years, linked to terrorism, in the light of today’s international community agreement on the need to fight terrorism, makes it important to follow-up on the impact of the security challenges to human rights that was raised at the first conference, and the way to promote these rights without affecting the security of the Arab states, without considerung national security a justification for the violation of human rights. Al Marri extended thanks to the Secretary General of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers for the great interest and prompt response to the follow-up and implementation of the recommendations of the first conference. Both sides stressed the need to establish a joint working group to discuss the merits of all the scientific and logistical organization of the second conference in Tunisia. Al Marri pointed out that in the same context, the NHRC in cooperation with the Arab Commission on Human rights (Committee on the Charter) of the League of Arab States shall organize a seminar for members of the Committee and all the competent bodies at the Arab League on the integration of the recommendations of the first International Conference on challenges to Security and Human Rights in the reporting mechanisms discussed by the Committee with the State parties to the Arab Charter on Human Rights in 2004.
Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Kuman, secretary general of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers extended thanks to HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior on the patronage of the first conference and the unlimited interest in security issues in the Arab region and its balance with and human rights issues, and stressed the strong partnership between the General Secretariat of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers and the NHRC, pointing out that the second conference on challenges to security and human rights in Tunisia shall bring together human rights officials at interior ministries in the Arab countries due to the great attention given to this issue on the Arab and international level that encourages some Arab countries, including Qatar, to establish specialized Human Rights departments at the interior Ministries. This mechanism is a clear indication to the respect of law enforcement for human rights and achieve the required balance of them while maintaining security and stabilityRead More
The NHRC in cooperation with the American Center for Labor Solidarity held a meeting with 6 representatives of 14 communities, namely India – Philippines – Bangladesh- Najera- Pakistan, and Nepal.
The meeting which was chaired by Mr. Saad al-Abdullah, head of the International Cooperation section, addressed a number of important issues, especially discussing the major challenges facing workers and companies in the application of the wage protection system according to the new law, most notably the inability of most workers to use ATM cards and money exchange machines as most of them are not fluent in languages those machines equipped with, as well as the minimum withdrawal is not commensurate with workers’ needs. The meeting discussed a package of proposals, in which participants called for the need to educate workers law and train them to use ATM cards, they also called for convening another meeting after the application of the new law to discuss challenges that may arise, and try to find appropriate solutions to challenges facing workers in this regard.
The meeting also discussed achievements of community offices launched recently in May 2015 by the NHRC, and the nature of petitions received, in addition to proposals on serve the petitioners coming to these offices more efficiently.Read More
Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Marri, Chairman of the NHRC met in his office at the headquarters of the NHRC Mr. Tomislav Bosnjak, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the State. Both sides discussed ways of cooperation in issues of mutual concern and the exchange of expertise and experience in human rights issues.Read More
A delegation of The National Human Rights Committee headed by Dr. Ali Bin Al-Marri, participated in monitoring the elections of the Moroccan Council of associations and authorities at the invitation of the National Human Rights Council of Morocco.
Dr. Al-Marri in a press statement, said that the NHRC have many experiences in election monitoring at the local, regional and international levels, where the NHRC participates at the local level in monitoring the election of the municipal council, also at the international level in the Georgian election monitoring in 2012, all of which were successful experiences that developed the international experience of the NHRC in this area; pointing out that monitoring means observing the independence and objectivity of elections, tracking the conduct of electoral processes, compiling the relevant data objectively and impartially, evaluating the organization and conduct of elections and the extent of its compliance with relevant constitutional rules, legislative and regulatory provisions, and international standards. He also added that a report shall be prepared on observations, to be submitted to the competent authorities.
Al Marri added that qualified national institutions are always chosen to carry out such tasks for what they are known including their hard work in the field of human rights and the dissemination of the values of democracy and citizenship, and based on their establishment according to the law and work according to their statutes; in which they are entitled during the election process for access of the central voting offices and committees of statistics, for the purpose of monitoring and observation of the voting process, counting of votes, and the announcement of the results, as well as communicating with various public and private media after the announcement of the results, and meeting with all actors in the electoral process to discuss the conclusions of their work and recommendations proposed, during the preparation of the its reports.Read More
Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the NHRC, was nominated by the Asia Pacific forum as its deputy chairperson during the annual meeting of the 20th Conference held in Mongolia, in December 2015, in which the National Human Rights Committee of Mongolia assumed presidency of the APF, replacing the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar; and Jordan assumed presidency of the ICC.
The meeting acknowledged that Afghanistan shall be the host country for the 22nd annual APF meeting in 2017. Mongolia also was nominated as the presidency of the Working Group on business and human rights. The meeting approved the APF strategic plan for the period from 2015 until 2020, which address discrimination and other human rights violations suffered by some of the most vulnerable groups in the region, including women, children, indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities, the elderly, immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
It is worth mentioning that The NHRC chaired the Asia-Pacific Forum during the year 2013 and for two years, in which it hosted the 18th annual meeting of the APF, while it chaired the SCA of the ICC for a period of 3 years.Read More
The Asia Pacific Forum (APF) has chosen Qatar to host a regional sub-office which is currently being set up to begin its duties next year. This was announced during 20th APF annual meeting which was held last Wednesday, in the Republic of Mongolia.
Dr. Al Marri, who delivered the opening speech of the forum, stated that “I have the pleasure to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Secretariat of the Asia Pacific Forum for the hard work contributing to the success of my mission as the president of the forum”.
Al Marri stressed that I would like to emphasize that our efforts to develop national institutions shall not stop at this point, however, we shall continue our work through the sub-regional office of the Forum, which is currently being established in Doha, and hopefully it shall be launched at the beginning of 2016 and shall constitute a new addition to our efforts in strengthening the cooperation and interaction among members of the Forum.
Qatar, represented by the National Human Rights Committee, handed over the presidency of the Asia Pacific Forum to the Republic of Mongolia, represented by its National Human Rights Commission.
Al Marri, during his speech, congratulated Mr. Byambadorj Jamsran, chief Commissioner of National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia, on his nomination as the new president of the Forum, and wished him success, and expressed his confidence that his knowledge and experience shall contribute to a distinctive and fruitful term.
Dr. Al Marri and the NHRC delegation convened in a number of meetings relating to the 20th session of the forum, including the forum’s annual meeting and the Conference of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions. The committee delegation participated in a workshop on updating Development Fund (Applying the process of raising funds as the State of Qatar is one of the supporters of the APF), and another workshop on the relationship between national human rights institutions and human rights defenders.
Dr. Ali Bin Al-Marri Smaikh chaired the annual general meeting of the APF advisers During the meeting, where the agenda was adopted, after the election of the new President of the Forum (Chairman of the Mongolian Human Rights Commission) by the General Secretariat. While two nominations were submitted for convening the 22nd annual meeting of the APF in 2017 including Korea and Nepal, and two nominations for chairing the sub-committee on accreditation of the International Coordinating Committee including India and Jordan.
The NHRC delegation participated in a session on the role of national human rights institutions in combating torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and another session on monitoring under the Optional Protocol.
Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Marri, held a press conference to answer questions of the press around the Asia-Pacific Forum and the achievements of the Forum compared to other regional networks, including its efficiency and its capabilities of dealing with human rights violations and supporting national human rights institutions accredited status (A).Read More
Wide participation of national institutions of Latin America
Al-Attiyah: The Dialogue shall be on “Combating Hate Speech and Extremism”, It emphasizes that “Terrorism has no religion”
The National Human Rights Committee organizes in collaboration with the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions “The Third Arab-American-Iberian Dialogue of National Human Rights Institutions on Combating Hate Speech and Extremism” under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, during the period from 15 to 16 of September at Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Doha, Qatar, With the participation of more than 400 representatives of humanitarian institutions and bodies at the international and regional level.
Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the NHRC explained that this conference shall bring together Arab national institutions with national institutions of the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula address the phenomenon of “hate speech extremism”, it shall also come out with perspectives and recommendations that shall constitute ground and the starting point for proper coordination between Arab national institutions and other institutions of the Americas. Al-Attiyah stated that through this conference, the dimensions and backgrounds of this phenomenon shall be addressed to the world. She said and pointed out that participation of regional and international institutions and bodies is highlighted in this important conference that shall be attended by representatives from the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries as well as the General Secretariat of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers. There shall be a wide international participation including the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Coordinating Committee of National human rights and international institutions (ICC) in addition to the regional networks of National Institutions for Human Rights, international research centers and observatories on preventing racial discrimination and defamation of religions, as well as a number of ambassadors and representatives of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and special rapporteurs on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia, the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. Besides wide participation of high-profile and important figures in the field of human rights.
Al-Attiyah stated that this conference does not only address the issue of extremism and terrorism, however it addresses hate speech against Muslim communities in Europe and the phenomenon of Islamophobia; the target of this conference to spread the message that (terrorism has no religion). She added that this conference also aims to Determining concepts and unifying terminologies related to incitement to hatred and intolerance in the light of instruments, legal jurisprudence and international, regional and national diligence, trying to reach an integrate approach to deal with incitement to hatred and intolerance, addressing the most important experiences, best practices and the learned lessons to face hatred and incitement, deepening dialogue on freedom of opinion and expression and banning of advocacy of hatred which forms incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence as they are two complementary issues serving each other, and they are not contradictory, establishing the proper atmosphere and wide space for dialogue among religions, human rights organizations and mass media, reaching to a vision for a work plan on combating hate speech, extremism , and stablishing a mechanism on developing a plan of action on combating hate speech and extremism and spreading the culture of tolerance.
Al-Attiyah stated that The right to freedom of opinion and expression is one of fundamental human rights, and due to the importance of this right for both individuals and the state, the International Legitimacy of Human Rights affirmed it and national constitutions and legislation developed acceptable standards of its practice. The right to freedom of opinion and expression is associated with other rights and freedoms, some of them are necessary and reliable, and others are considered reflection of its manifestations and means of its exercise, where we cannot imagine the exercise of this right without freedom of access to information, or freedom of the media in all its forms including the print, audio-visual and electronic forms, or freedom of peaceful assembly. Freedom of opinion and expression supports exercising other rights and freedoms and constitutes a guarantee to them, and it is indispensable to the expression of human rights, and the dissemination of knowledge on the status of the various rights, as it plays a great important role in promoting understanding and tolerance among cultures, facilitating the free exchange of ideas and opinions, and ensuring proper judgement through following up and giving opinions on matters that currently happen, if it is exercised in light of the relevant duties and responsibilities.
She explained that the relationship between the prohibition of speech of incitement to racial or religious hatred and prosperity of freedom of expression should be considered complementary , not an incompatible zero-sum relationship which entails giving priority to one of the parties to derogate from the other party, rights relating to equality, indiscrimination and freedom of expression should be reflected clearly in laws, policies and practices as mutually supportive human rights.
However, the spread speech inciting to racial or religious hatred still constitutes in many regions of the world a major challenge to human rights, and it is also noted in Rabat Plan of Action on the prohibition of advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, included that Judicial diligence on incitement to hatred is so far rare and improvised, while several countries adopted policies related to this matter, and most of these policies are generalities and are not followed in a systematic form, it lacks the focus on the disadvantaged and appropriate assessments of the results of these policies.
Al-Attiyah noted that the sessions of the conference shall include a two-day series of working papers that will serve the purpose of the conference and establish recommendations to the issues of combating hate speech and extremism and freedom of opinion and expression. The first session shall be on”Guarantees to protect opinion and expressions freedom and obligations related to face hate speech and intolerance” in which the following shall be discussed: Rules related to International Law for Human Rights, Rules related to the Regional Systems for Human Rights, Rabat’s work plan against incitement to hate of 2014, and Models of the best local legislations about opinion and expressions freedom. While the second session shall be on “Modern Forms and problematic issues related to incitement to hate and extremism”, in which the following shall be discussed: Political programs inciting to racial discrimination or encouraging it, Incitement to ethnic or religious hatred, Religious extremism and refusal of cultural pluralism, and Discrimination against refugees, immigrants, asylum-seekers and discrimination based on class-based system. The third session shall be on “Different approaches on combating hate speech and intolerance and the rule of the security in the light of efforts to fight the terrorism”.
The fourth session addresses The role of media and religious institutions to promote the tolerance culture and combating hate and extremism speech, in which The role of the media, social networking sites, and modern technologies in incitement to hatred shall be highlighted. The fifth session shall deal with Human Rights and “abuse of religions” issue, in which the following shall be discussed: Classification of negative perceptions of religions, Addressing national experiences relating to the issue of defamation of religions, National legislations on respecting religions and beliefs. The Sixth session shall address the Role of National Institutions for Human Rights to face hatred, intolerance and spreading of tolerance culture, and Models of the national institutions activities.
A delegation from NHRC, headed by Mr. Fahad Bin Mubarak Al-Hajri, Director of the Financial and Administrative Affairs at the Committee visited Qatar Foundation for Elderly People Care (Ihsan) as part of the annual initiative undertaken by the Committee to communicate with the elderly and present to them Eid Gifts.
Mr. Fahad Al-Hajri said that over the past three years, visits to our elder parents make them feel they are socially-worth. He added: We were happy with our presence with them and heard their stories that are not found in books on ancient community in Qatar and their travels, tours and trade between Asia and Africa. He pointed out that the information in their minds needs to documented to reserve the history of our country. Al-Hajri said that the NHRC considers it necessary to communicate with this important category in our community to let them feel that they still have something to offer, statistics and studies confirms that an important sector of the elderly is still in a good physical condition which constitutes a significant economic value, If we have proper planning for the elderly, we can get into this force to the fields of productive work, social guidance, and building a spiritual community. Al-Hajri called all state institutions to visit our elderly parents and said: We want to make them feel their value in society and benefit from our visits to them in terms of historical information that we receive from them. Al Hajri pointed out the comprehensive opinion on Human Rights of Islam, which raises rights that are not even included not know modern international laws for all age groups, and added that Islam gives the elderly additional rights under their need for moral and social care and also emphasizes the need for family care component, this is included clearly in many Quranic verses.
For his part, Mr. Mohammed Saleh Al Nasri, head of health services department at Ihsan, highlighted NHRC’s annual initiative and gave a detailed briefing of services provided by Ihsan to this community group. He pointed out that the NHRC initiative and similar ones help in integrating elderly people in the society.Read More
Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the NHRC met in his office at the headquarters of the NHRC Mr. Mesgano Mouach, the Ethiopian Ambassador to the State. Both parties stressed the need to exchange experience and continuous communication in all humanitarian issues and put further advancement mechanisms.Read More