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A call to set out emergency preparedness to prepare national strategies to protect the elderly Al-Jamali: Any imbalances affecting the […]

A call to set out emergency preparedness to prepare national strategies to protect the elderly

Al-Jamali: Any imbalances affecting the elderly could disrupt the entire social system

Doha: 20-10-2020

Mr. Sultan bin Hassan Al-Jamali, Assistant Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee, called on setting out to establish emergency preparedness to prepare national strategies to face the crises that may affect the most vulnerable groups, including health crises or others, stressing in the same context the need for the issuance of a decision to establish National Committees Concerned with the affairs of women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities, as well as improving the process of protecting the most vulnerable groups and determining the appropriate responses to the health challenges they may be exposed to.

This came during the opening speech delivered by Al-Jamali at a webinar organized by the National Human Rights Committee on The situation of the rights of the elderly as one of the most vulnerable groups in times of crisis. The webinar is organized with the aim to shedd light on the status of the elderly in the State of Qatar, from a social and legal point of view or in terms of measures taken in terms of the efforts made at the policy and institutional level in general and in the quarantine period in particular. Al-Jamali said: The National Human Rights Committee praises Cabinet Decision No. (26) of 2019 to establish the National Committee for Women, Children, Older People and Persons with Disabilities Affairs, considering the decision a call to promote the rights of the most vulnerable groups, including the elderly. The Assistant Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee called on all governmental and non-governmental state bodies and institutions representing the Committee on Women, Children, Elderly People and Persons with Disabilities to set out emergency preparedness to prepare national strategies to address the crises that the most vulnerable groups may encounter. Al-Jamali appreciated the prominent and important role played by the Center for Empowerment and Care of the Elderly (Ehsan) and the high-level services it provides, most importantly the comprehensive care services provided by the center. Al Jamali said: There is no doubt that this center plays a great role in enhancing protection and empowerment for the elderly,

It is noteworthy that a package of working papers on the rights of the elderly in health crises were presented. Mr. Nasser Al-Marri, Head of the Investigations and Legal Consultations Department at the National Human Rights Committee presented a working paper on the rights of the elderly in the context of international human rights conventions, Ms. Reem Al-Ajmi, social affairs expert at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, presented a working paper on social and legal protection for the elderly at the national level, while Mr. Salem Al-Anzi, Head of the Psychological Care Unit at the Center for Empowerment and Elderly Care (Ehsan) presented a working paper on the psychological welfare of the elderly in the context of the coronavirus crisis.

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October 13, 2020 Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met in his office at […]

October 13, 2020

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met in his office at the headquarters of the Committee with Dr. Muhammad Mustafa Kokso, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey and his accompanying delegation. The meeting discussed ways of cooperation in issues of common interest to protect and promote human rights

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October 12, 2020 Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met in his office at […]

October 12, 2020

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met in his office at the headquarters of the Committee with Mr. Deepak Mittal, Ambassador of the Republic of India and his accompanying delegation. The meeting discussed the importance of cooperation to promote a culture of human rights and activate mechanisms for exchanging best practices between the two sides.

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October 12, 2020 Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met in his office at […]

October 12, 2020

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met in his office at the headquarters of the Committee with Mr. Abdul Rahim Al-Siddiq, Ambassador of the Republic of Sudan. The meeting discussed issues of common interest in the human rights field.

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Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, extended a message of support to the European […]

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, extended a message of support to the European network of national human rights institutions in his capacity as Secretary-General and Acting President of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, in support of the role of NHRIs to promote and protect human rights in situations of (post-) conflict.

Dr. Ali pointed out that National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) can play a key role in preventing conflicts and ensuring respect for human rights and their protection, both in conflict and post-conflict situations; where NHRIs serve a unique independent bridging role, between the state, rights-holders and affected communities, that encourages the ratification of international human rights instruments and the development of national legislation and policies. We, as NHRIs are able to conduct investigations, act as mediators, monitor, document and report violations, allowing us to function as an early warning mechanism. Through these actions, NHRIs can and will promote human rights education and training within all sectors of society, supporting the development of a vibrant civil society and the respect for human rights and the rule of law. All of which, will in turn give a voice to the voiceless and provide assistance to victims in access to justice and reparations.

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri reviewed the efforts of national institutions to strengthen their capabilities; In 2015, the Kyiv Declaration has been signed by NHRIs at the International Conference on the Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations; which set out objectives for the promotion and protection of human rights, both in conflict and post-conflict situations. Two years later, in 2017, Nations Human Rights Institutions have gathered at the GANHRI Annual Meeting to discuss the role of NHRIs in early warning, prevention of conflicts and re-establishing peaceful societies; they have reaffirmed the critical importance of NHRIs’ role before, during, and after conflicts. There is a consensus among NHRIs that during conflict and post-conflict situations, it is a challenge to apply their mandates in that context, and can themselves fall victims to threats or attacks that can endanger their staff, the independence of the institution, and its very integrity.

Dr. Al Marri stated that GANHRI, along with its four regional networks and global partners, including through the Tri-Partite-Partnership (TPP) with UNDP and OHCHR, work together to support NHRIs in conflict and post-conflict situations in order to strengthen their capacities, serve as a knowledge broker, while providing platforms for exchanges with and among NHRIs across all regions, and protect NHRIs from reprisals or providing a coordinated response to such acts. Al Marri added in these unprecedented times, online platforms will serve as a place to gather your experience and expertise. Not only will it allow us to discuss how NHRIs approach conflict, warn of signs of conflict that prevent violations and re-establish a peaceful society by applying the Paris Principles. It will also enable us to discuss the challenges to the protection and promotion of human rights worldwide resulting from situations of tension, instability, violence and conflict, both at the domestic and international levels.

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All people in all countries should have the benefit of having a strong and independent NHRI 78 countries in several […]

All people in all countries should have the benefit of having a strong and independent NHRI

78 countries in several regions have not achieved compliance of their NHRIs with the Paris Principles

GANHRI emphasized that the existence of an independent, Paris Principles compliant NHRIs is also an indicator to measure states’ progress under Goal 16 of the SDGs. In the Statement of the Global Alliance of National Institutions (GANHRI) Before the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, in discussion of Items 2 and 8, Dr. Al Marri emphasized that NHRI that can protect and promote their human rights, and ensure that they can operate in a safe and enabling environment.

Al Marri added we encourage states to establish or strengthen NHRIs where they already exist and look forward to working with them and to continue supporting our members NHRIs in building strength and growth, whilst defending their protection. GANHRI and the four NHRI regional networks support the establishment of NHRIs where they do not yet exist and contribute to the continuous capacity development of NHRIs to enhance their effectiveness. We do so in close coordination and in partnership with the UN.

Strong and well-resourced NHRIs play a critical role in assisting states meet their international human rights obligations, and in realizing the SDGs. This role and their guiding authority has been critical also and especially during the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency crisis.

Dr. Al Marri extended thanks and gratitude to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres for the reports on NHRIs, and stated that As documented in the Secretary-General’s report, NHRIs are engaged in a range of monitoring, advisory, and reporting activities, and play an important role in holding states for upholding human rights in their COVID-19 responses, pointing out that In 2019, 40% of member states have achieved compliance of their NHRIs with the Paris Principles, progress in 78 countries across several regions remains overdue, as has been noted by the Secretary General in his 2020 SDG progress report.

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Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar, and Secretary General […]

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar, and Secretary General and Acting president of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions called for the reflection on the rethinking of governance and how to build societies that are more participatory and inclusive. In the same context, Al Marri said: The world is facing unprecedented times that have challenged us all to adapt and rethink the ways we were addressing life itself.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, together with co-sponsors (Argentina, Costa Rica, Denmark, the European Union, The Gambia, the Republic of Korea, Ukraine and Uruguay) hosted a high-level virtual side event on: Participation, Human Rights and the Governance Challenge Ahead. The high-level event was organized on the sideline of the 75th session of the UN general assembly. The side event discussed participation as a human right and a vital tool for multilateralism and Member States’ governance in addressing grave global challenges, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the climate crisis and development. Among the panelists are Ms. Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Eamon Gilmore Special Representative for Human Rights of the European Union, Mr. Dawda A. Jallow Attorney General and Minister of Justice of The Gambia, Mr. Christof Heyns Professor of Human Rights Law, University of Pretoria, and Member of the UN Human Rights Committee, and Ms. Satta Sheriff Young Leader for the SDGs and Founder and Executive Director of Action for Justice and Human Rights, Liberia. The side event was moderated by Ms. Ilze Brands Kehris, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.

Al Marri pointed out Human rights have a constructive contribution to make as the world navigates these challenging times. They embody values – the importance of safety, dignity, decency, fairness, freedom, equality, respect, wellbeing, community and responsibility – which provide a compass for the way forward. A central element along this road are inclusive and participatory processes at all levels, and a safe and enabling environment for those promoting and defending rights. Participation in public affairs is a human right that is vital for leaving no one behind. The SDGs can only be achieved where there is a safe and enabling environment for participation in policy planning, implementing and assessment. National human rights institutions (or: NHRIs) have a critical role in supporting their states’ in building more inclusive and effective participation across their societies. NHRIs are a fundamental source of the maintenance of democracy and civic space, and by this, I mean autonomy, participation, inclusion, pluralism and security. We are in charge of ensuring that the new governance that are built from the changes that we are experiencing, have human rights as its main core.

Al Marri explained that The General Assembly has recently called on all states to establish and strengthen NHRIs as a means to accelerating and guaranteeing progress under the Agenda of 2030 for Sustainable Development. Inclusive dialogue with governments on public policies, safe environment for human rights defenders, free independent media and resources to guarantee the existence and continuity of civil society organizations, are all conditions for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

Al Marri emphasized that GANHRI, as the alliance of national human rights institutions at the global level, fully supports the UN Secretary General’s mandate and call of action, and the work of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for human rights, and look forward to working with all in support of a just recovery that builds more equitable, accessibly, and participatory societies.

In conclusion, Dr. Ali extended thanks and gratitude to all participants for supporting GANHRI in its mission of establishing and strengthening independent NHRIs throughout the globe and encourage member states to protect National Human Rights Institutions.

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Dr. Ali: GANHRI has been able to be the main interface of NHRIs at a global level and to speak […]

Dr. Ali: GANHRI has been able to be the main interface of NHRIs at a global level and to speak with one voice on behalf of its members

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Acting Chairman of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, said: GANHRI has gone far in the last years and has grown consistently to become more visible and recognized on a global level where many achievements have been made. GANHRI has been able to be the main interface of NHRIs at a global level and to speak with one voice on behalf of its members.

This came during Dr. Ali bin Smaikh’s speech at the opening of the General Assembly of the Asia Pacific Forum, which was held today virtually. Dr. Al-Marri pointed out that As we are all aware, GANHRI is currently involved in various processes and I would like to highlight the main ones: On one hand, I would like to inform you that GANHRI is currently organizing a virtual Annual Meeting which will be held in October 2020 in partnership with the OHCHR. The exact dates, and modalities are yet to be confirmed. This meeting comes in lieu of the meeting which was supposed to take place last March and was cancelled because of the measures adopted by the Swiss authorities and the UN to counter the spread of Covid-19. On the other hand, comes the ongoing discussions led by the GANHRI Sub Committee on Accreditation (SCA) Chairperson between SCA members, observers and other stakeholders regarding the feasibility of holding the SCA sessions remotely.

In the same context, Dr. Ali noted that Another great process is the opportunity GANHRI has had to offer inputs at an early stage in the development of the resolution regarding the NHRIs for the 45th Session of the Human Rights Council. This was made possible thanks to a very consultative approach by Australia, the resolution’s main sponsor. Thus, I would like to take this opportunity today to invite you all to support this resolution, by engaging with your respective ministries and Permanent Missions in Geneva, which is of an extreme importance for members of all organizations. Additionally, GANHRI in cooperation with UNDP and OHCHR is developing a publication on the roles and experiences of NHRIs worldwide in addressing human rights during COVID-19 by implementing their mandates and functions under the Paris Principles. The research is currently ongoing, and we look forward to your participation by responding to a survey which GANHRI will shortly distribute to all GANHRI members.

At the end of his speech, Al-Marri expressed his gratitude for the participation of the General Assembly of the Asia Pacific Forum and said the power of our interconnectivity as humans and colleagues and emphasizes our will as a team to build a better tomorrow together by sharing the best practices, identifying the needs, innovating, creating and inventing the world of tomorrow ensuring that Human Rights are being promoted and respected everywhere, now more than ever.

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Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met today in his office at the headquarters […]

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met today in his office at the headquarters of the Committee with His Excellency Ambassador Greta Holtz, Chargé d’Affaires at US Embassy in Qatar. the two sides discussed the importance of exchanging experiences and expertise in the various fields of human rights.

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Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met today in his office at the headquarters […]

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met today in his office at the headquarters of the Committee with His Excellency Mr Mohamed Ali Sobhani, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, on the occasion of the end of his term as ambassador to the State of Qatar. the two sides stressed the need to activate means of communication for cooperation on issues related to the protection and promotion of human rights.

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