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The meeting chaired by Mr. Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali, Assistant Secretary-General of the NHRC. Al Jamali gave the delegation […]

The meeting chaired by Mr. Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali, Assistant Secretary-General of the NHRC. Al Jamali gave the delegation a detailed explanation about the terms of reference of the NHRC, pointing out that the NHRC is has an advisory role; it communicates state authorities and submits recommendations.

Al Jamali gave a brief on the various departments pointing out that the Department of Legal Affairs is responsible for receiving petitions and complaints related to human rights.  the NHRC also conducts 2 annual campaigns to spread the culture of human rights in all areas including health, education and workers’ rights.
In response to a question on the petitioners access means to the NHRC, Al Jamali pointed out that filing a complaint can be through via Fax, 24/7 hotline, e-mail or by personal attendance. The NHRC has also launched  communities offices for the African, Indian, Nepalese, Filipino communities to facilitate means of communication between the NHRC and petitioners.

The delegation members commend on the efforts made by the NHRC in the field of human rights, which reflects its transparency and credibility. The delegation asked several questions related to the work of the Committee, its roles, responsibilities and vision.

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The NHRC held the fourth meeting with representatives of offices of the communities, employers and managers of enterprises in Qatar […]

The NHRC held the fourth meeting with representatives of offices of the communities, employers and managers of enterprises in Qatar to discuss the implementation and functioning of the Wage Protection Law; the meeting was chaired by Mr. Jaber Al Huwail, Director of the Legal Affairs department at the NHRC with the participation of representatives of the Nepalese and Sri Lankan, Bengali and Philippine communities in addition to representative of Caravan Company and volunteers from Qatar and Georgetown Universities.

The meeting discussed the challenges facing the relationship between workers and employers, ways to better communication between both sides through technology and the possibility of creating an electronic application to help workers at Caravan company.

The NHRC leads this initiative in cooperation with the US Labor Solidarity Center and CH2M Contracting Co., in the framework of the mandate of the NHRC on Business and Human Rights, and corporate social responsibility.

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Doha is hosting a regional conference on the role of the High Commissioner in promoting human rights in the Arab […]

Doha is hosting a regional conference on the role of the High Commissioner in promoting human rights in the Arab region

Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, the National Commission for Human Rights and the High Commissioner for Human Rights organized in cooperation with the Arab League and the Arab Network of National Institutions for Human Rights, based in Doha, a regional conference on “UNHCR’s role in the promotion and protection Human Rights in the Arab region. ”
It focuses overall objective of the conference which will be held on Wednesday and Thursday at Ritz Carlton Hotel, on the definition of the extent of the international system of human rights technical and organizational its components for the promotion and respect of human rights in the Arab region in response, as well as the review of approaches of relevant United Nations system of human rights, especially the role of the High Commissioner in the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of the current situation in the Arab region and how to develop ways of mechanisms of the treaty bodies of the United Nations, as well as monitor the implementation of the UPR recommendations.
A particular objective of the conference as well as view the status of cooperation between the Arab countries and the mechanisms of the United Nations human rights and the exchange of lessons learned and good practices in this regard, as well as discuss and find a common understanding on some related to human rights in the region priorities, including freedom of expression, association and education in the field of human rights and address the fundamental problems of human rights in the region in the context of wars and conflicts, as well as to support the Commission’s efforts to protect and promote human rights in the Arab region.
The conference will serve as a platform for interactive dialogue about the roles and achievements and progress, best practices and expectations of the various stakeholders in relation to the promotion and protection of human rights in the Arab region, and is also a strong chance to discuss the Commission’s plans in the region and push forward structural reforms within the Commission announced by the High Commissioner for Human Rights in his first speech to the Human Rights Council late last year.
It also provides a platform to look at many issues, including Arab member states cooperate with the United Nations human rights system, including the Commission, and stand on the status of ratification of the core human rights treaties and to participate in this regard with the International Organization including the bodies established human rights mechanisms under the treaties and procedures for the implementation of the UPR recommendations.
Participants in the conference, the first of its kind in the region, about 200 Arab and international human rights organization and more than 40 people responsible for human rights files on the level of world and Arab ambassadors, the UNHCR High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the offices of the Regional Commission in all of Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Geneva and 17 Ministry Foreign and Arab human rights offices where human rights commissions or legal committees in parliaments and consultative councils in the Arab region and human rights non-governmental organizations and regional and international Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States, the Arab League and the Arab Network of National Institutions for Human Rights, and a range of special features and bodies of international treaties, a large number of Arab and international personalities headed by HRH Prince Zeid Ra’ad High Commissioner for Human Rights.
And it confirms convening this important Doha extensive and distinguished in which participation by the UNHCR and international human rights organizations to the conference, on the big international confidence in Qatar and its role in promoting human rights system and consolidation rather than on the local level but also on the Arab, regional and global level.
Also emphasizes this outstanding participation, the success of the National Committee for Human Rights in the collection of all these actors, experts and personalities involved, in this great humanitarian event in light of the ability of large and efforts made to meet and achieve the desired goals to take place in Doha.
And it includes the Regional Conference on “UNHCR’s role in the promotion and protection of human rights in the Arab region”, topics concerned with dialogue participatory about the role and activities of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the cooperation of Arab states with international and regional human rights mechanisms with the presentation of the best experiences on the partnership between the Commission and regional organizations in sessions axes World.
And will discuss these themes and sessions, a number of working papers, including the High Commissioner’s role in the Arab world, especially its presence field and the role of the United Nations Centre for Training and Documentation for South-West Asia and the Arab region, based in Doha, and to develop ways to provide and exchange information in the field of human rights through modern technology and strategy for human rights in the Arab region next to the introduction of both the Arab League and the European Union, the African Union and the Organization of American States worksheets.
As the complexity within events workshops on the High Commissioner for Human Rights response in the Arab region in particular through the UN mechanisms for protection in addition to the workshop entitled “some of the problems facing human rights in this region and the other on the aspirations of the national human rights institutions, competent and official departments of these rights and civil society in Arab region of the role of the High Commissioner for Human Rights “.
It will be the recommendations that will come out of the conference, a prominent role in achieving its mission of promoting human rights in the Arab region, note that will result from the conference especially Arab governments and others concerned with the role of UNHCR in the region and the role of the competent civil society organizations in the promotion and dissemination of culture of human rights recommendations.
These recommendations will also serve as a way for the work of the High Commissioner for Human Rights during the next phase in the Arab region map.
The Supreme Preparatory Committee of the Conference held a meeting in Geneva recently which discussed the final arrangements for the conference and general goals from behind.
The committee also discussed at its overall objective of the conference and special objectives that fall under the overall objective, such as view the status of cooperation between the Arab countries and the mechanisms of the United Nations human rights and other matters such as encouraging Arab countries to promote the ratification of the United Nations human rights treaties and the consolidation of its involvement with the mechanisms and exchange views on relevant good practice in the region, in addition to creating an effective partnership between the various parties concerned in the region.

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During the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the martyr Ali Hassan Al-Jaber competition: Bin Thani: the principles espoused […]

During the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the martyr Ali Hassan Al-Jaber competition:
Bin Thani: the principles espoused by the martyr establish lofty humanitarian objectives that the free world seeks to achieve
Sami Al Hajj: the award has become a source of inspiration for journalists interested in monitoring human rights violations
Bin Salmin: I call the young people of Qatar and the Arab world to participate in the competition
Al Shawi: We aspire to further development in the competition this season

At the headquarters of the National Human Rights Committee, the Board of Trustees of the martyr Ali Hassan Al-Jaber competition in its fifth season, which is launched by the NHRC in memory of the martyr Ali Hassan Al-Jaber, Al-Jazeera cameraman who sacrificed his life to detect humanitarian violations.

Members of the Board of Trustees, during the meeting, stressed the need for humanitarian definition of the message that fought for it. HE Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Thani Bin Khaled Al Thani, Director of Qatar TV, Member of the Board of Trustees said that the principles espoused by the martyr establish lofty humanitarian objectives that the free world seeks to achieve by pointing out that developing of the competition by the NHRC is considered to be a significant step against human rights violations.

Mr. Sami Al Hajj, member of the Board of Trustees and director of the human rights and Public Liberties department at Al Jazeera network, said that the award of the martyr Ali Hassan Al-Jaber has occupy a prominent place in the Arab world and aspires to take its proper place on the international level.

Mr. Nasser Bin Salmin, member of the board of Trustees called that young people of Qatar and the Arab world to participate with their works in the competition, which will be closed on March 5, 2016, and pointed out that the competition was launched by the NHRC for the first time in March 2011.

Mr. Saleh Hamad Al Shawi, representative of the director for Media Freedom Doha Center, expressed his happiness to be a member of the board of trustees for the second year in a row.

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Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the NHRC met in his office at the headquarters of the NHRC […]

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the NHRC met in his office at the headquarters of the NHRC The Eritrean Ambassador to Qatar, Mr. Ali Ibrahim Ahmed. The meeting discussed ways of cooperation in issues of common interest and exchange of expertise and experience in the field of human rights.

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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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