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The Asia Pacific Forum (APF) has chosen Qatar to host a regional sub-office which is currently being set up to […]

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).

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Wide participation of national institutions of Latin America Al-Attiyah: The Dialogue shall be on “Combating Hate Speech and Extremism”, It […]

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.

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A delegation from NHRC, headed by Mr. Fahad Bin Mubarak Al-Hajri, Director of the Financial and Administrative Affairs at the […]

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.

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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 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.

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Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri, chairman of the NHRC met in his office at the headquarters of the NHRC Mr. […]

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri, chairman of the NHRC met in his office at the headquarters of the NHRC Mr. Nizar Alharaki, the Syrian Ambassador to the state. The meeting dealt with aspects of cooperation in humanitarian affairs and mechanisms to build bridges of communication between the two sides to elevate the culture of human rights

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Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri, chairman of the NHRC met in his office at the headquarters of the NHRC Mr. […]

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri, chairman of the NHRC met in his office at the headquarters of the NHRC Mr. Sayed Masoud Mahmoud, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the State, during which both sides discussed ways of cooperation in issues of common interest and the exchange of expertise and experience in human rights issues

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The Training course on the “Ideal framework for dealing with International Mechanisms for human rights protection” concluded at the Diplomatic […]

The Training course on the “Ideal framework for dealing with International Mechanisms for human rights protection” concluded at the Diplomatic Institute at the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, it was organized by the National Human Rights Committee for the benefit of the staff of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. At the end of the session, certificates were distributed to the trainees.
Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari, member of the NHRC, in the closing speech called on the need to organize similar training courses for large enterprises in the state, explained that many problems arise due to lack of knowledge of the laws and direct educational tools for officials, staff, and workers with regard to dealing with International Mechanisms for human rights protection. Al Kuwari called on the importance of the appointing the so-called labor administrator in companies to listen to the demands, needs of workers, translate them into an easy- understandable laws, and coordinate conducting training courses for workers. Al Kuwari added if labor administrator exists in the large companies, most of the problems shall be resolved with best solutions from within the company. Al Kuwari also called on the need to issue folded brochures for workers including a summary on the labor law and the customs and traditions of the community and they should be available in all languages that the expatriates speak.
Al Kuwari pointed out that governments and nations recognized the rights of workers and the world as a way to establish a lasting peace, and that was the real beginning of the recognition and respect for human rights. He explained that the NHRC has keen interest in the right to work and the rights of workers in particular, in addition to its objectives including the the promotion and protection of human rights and freedoms. He added that the NHRC consider any excesses or violations of human rights, including the rights of workers, and receive relevant reports or complaints. He added, the NHRC conducts field visits to labour gathering locations and has important role in raising awareness.

Al Kuwari stated that this course is one of the best and useful courses organized by the NHRC in the recent period, the most important factors of this course that all trainees are from one institution and one department which makes them one team and facilitates the appropriate atmosphere to receive information, in addition, topics have been selected carefully to match the professional specialization of the trainees which raises the trainees interaction in all the working papers and activities. In the final day of the course, a questionnaire was distributed to the trainees about the extent of achievement of the objectives of the course, the material presented, objective of the course, and the timing and level of organization as well as general views on the theme of the course.

Mr. Jaber Al Hwail, director of the legal affairs department, stated we did a preliminary analysis of the responses to the questionnaire of all participants and the result was positive and offered proposals that we would benefit from in the future.
Dr. Mohammed Saif Al Kuwari extended thanks and gratitude to the lecturers and trainees in this course and also thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which hosted the course in the past three days.
The second day of the session discussed National legislation in the field of work and residence by Mr. Moemen Aldardiri, legal expert at the NHRC, and achievements of the Ministry of Labour in the development of the national labor market, opportunities and challenges, by Lawyer Yusuf Al Zamman. While the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation has provided a working paper on “Guidance, Challenges and Practices for Labour Inspection for Workplaces Employing Migrant Workers”.
On the closing day, Ms. Francesca Ricciardone, from Labor Solidarity Center presented a lecture on international labor standards and applied experiences. At the closing session Ms. Hala Al Ali, legal expert at the NHRC, presented 2 working papers on ILO standards and conventions ratified by the State of Qatar, and complaints received by the ILO against the State of Qatar.

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Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the NHRC met at his office at the headquarters of the NHRC Mr. […]

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the NHRC met at his office at the headquarters of the NHRC Mr. Juergen Trittin, Member of the German Parliament in presence of Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the NHRC. Both sides discussed building bridges of cooperation in issues of mutual concern and exchange of experiences and expertise on human rights mechanisms.

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Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee met in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia […]

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee met in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia Mr. Khalid Bahah, Vice- President and Prime Minister of the Yemeni Republic, in the presence of Mr. Ezzedine Alasbahi, Minister of Human Rights of Yemen. Both sides discussed ways to cooperate on issues of common concern and mechanisms to support the Ministry of Human Rights of Yemen through activating the memorandum of understanding signed between the two sides recently in Doha, providing technical advice in the areas of monitoring and documenting abuses in Yemen, and how to deal with files and international reports of human rights organizations, as well as strengthening capabilities of officials working in the ministry and providing support in the development of the best mechanisms to achieve transitional justice in Yemen.

During the meeting, Bahah discussed the serious and grave violations of international humanitarian law by the Houthi militias targeting civilians and their property, bombing hospitals and medical staff and enlisting children, he stressed the need to prosecute all perpetrators of those crimes and bring them to national and international courts. The High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on the United Nations to establish a committee to investigate those violations. Bahah also talked about the tragic humanitarian situation of the Yemeni people.

At the end of the meeting, the Vice-President Mr. Khalid Bahah, Prime Minister expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to the State of Qatar on the efforts made to support the just cause of the people of Yemen and alleviate their human suffering, he also expressed his gratitude to the National Human Rights Committee for the support and human rights efforts and relief to lift the injustice for the Yemeni people.

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