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A training workshop on “hot lines” jointly organized by the Qatar Foundation for Social Protection and Rehabilitation, Qatar Foundation for […]

A training workshop on “hot lines” jointly organized by the Qatar Foundation for Social Protection and Rehabilitation, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and the National Human Rights Committee at the headquarters of the NHRC from February 1st until 4th, 2015.

Mr. Jaber Al Hwail, Director of the Legal Affairs Department at the NHRC stated in his speech in the opening session of the workshop that the aim of this workshop is to develop hotlines and raise the capacity of the administrators and operators of them, which reflects the cultural and moral values of the organizing institutions, and their professional performance and credibility.

Al Hwail added that the NHRC has an important role in the protection and promotion of human rights, where the legal department receives complaints and petitions of citizens and residents, through the hotline or personally at the NHRC’s headquarters; we are confident about the success of this workshop and its outcomes, practices and effective recommendations to improve the hotline operations in the National Human Rights Committee.

Al Hwail extended his thanks and gratitude to the participants in the workshop, and “Polaris” institution which provides the valuable technical training to build the skills of dealing with hotline service for social and humanitarian issues. Al Hwail commended the participation of experts and specialists of national institutions and civil society organizations in workshop that shall help exchange experiences and information, raise awareness and promote best practices relating to issues of common concern; finally Al Hwail expressed hopes and wishes for further cooperation between the participating institutions offering social and human services to provide protection and assistance to victims of human trafficking.

Ms. Noor Al Hor, consultant at the Qatar Foundation for the Protection of Social and Rehabilitation gave a speech on the importance of this training workshop on the management, operation and mechanisms of handling phone calls received from victims of human trafficking, Al Hor explained that Qatar Foundation participation in this workshop comes from its interest and eagerness to access and provide protection and assistance to victims of human trafficking through hotlines which is managed by a dedicated staff. She stressed that hotline mechanism is one of the most important protection mechanisms that countries are trying to handle properly, where this connection may be the first contact point with victims, this matter needs to be handed professionally to build confidence and trust that the necessary assistance and support will be provided to the caller.

Mr. Chris Newman, Welfare Manager at Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, stated that the QF always seeks new ways to expand the avenues of communication for workers, where the participation of the organizers for this event is instrumental in ensuring that all our organizations can improve the standard of living for those residing in Qatar; Qatar Foundation is committed to ensuring dignity and respect for all, by providing a good quality of life, an appropriate work environment and suitable living conditions. In the spirit of the holistic and principled nature of the QF Mandatory Standards for Workers’ Welfare, QF continuously aims to improve the workers ability to relay their grievances in a safe, confidential and credible environment.

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A delegation from the National Human Rights Committee shall visit the Kingdom of Norway by invitation of the Ministry of […]

A delegation from the National Human Rights Committee shall visit the Kingdom of Norway by invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, the delegation includes a number of officials and shall be chaired by Ms. Maryam Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the NHRC for four days where the delegation will meet representatives of a number of agencies, institutions and organizations working in the field of human rights as well as trade unions in Norway.
Al-Attiyah stated that this visit is the first of its kind conducted by the NHRC on the international level which reflects how the NHRC developed in the recent years, including its experiences and expertise that makes it in turn a real model. At the same time, this visit will help gain new experiences that can be applied in our path in the coming years and exchanged with national institutions at the regional level through conferences, seminars and workshops organized by the NHRC, especially that Norway owns a cultural heritage of advanced human rights vision in addition to its well-known institutions and organizations, civil society in the humanitarian field.
Al-Attiyah added that such visits has positive impact on harnessing accumulated experience to improve human rights as well as establishing a convergence of views on the issue of human rights itself and provisions which are affected by customs and traditions of the Arab and European peoples.

The delegation shall conduct a number of important visits and meetings including the following, on the first day, the delegation shall visit the headquarters of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to meet Ms. Ingrid Mollestad, Director General of the Department of Human Rights and Democracy, where the meeting shall discuss issues of common interest. During the meeting, The NHRC shall give presentation introducing its objectives, mandate, mechanism of receiving complaints and the potential means to solve them in cooperation with the competent authorities in the state; while the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway shall represent a working paper on Norway’s experience in the field of human rights, the lessons learned from the UPR, a paper on the examination of Norway in front of the UN Committee, and a paper on freedom of speech and media focusing on experiences gained from Norway’s cooperation with Al-Jazeera. The NHRC shall represent a paper on “Women’s rights” including live-in maids in Qatar. A joint working paper will be represented by the NHRC and MFA on The situation for immigrant workers and challenges seen. In conclusion of the first day, MFA shall represent a working paper titled (business and human rights .. great opportunities for further cooperation). On the second day, there shall be a meeting under the Theme “Workers’ rights” with the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises (NHO) and the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority. On the third day, the delegation Shall conduct three visits, the first shall be to the “Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies” and the meeting shall be hosted by Mr. Jon Håkon Scultz, Assistant Professor at University of Tromsø and researcher, Ms. Norunn Vorland, the second visit shall be to  Visit to one of Norway’s biggest industrial firms, Norsk Hydro, in which History of Norsk Hydro, its basic values and involvement in Qatar for more than fifty years shall be briefed, the meeting shall be hosted by Mr. Ola Sæter Senior Vice President, and the third visit shall be to the “Ombudsman for Children”, during the meeting both sides review means of promoting children’s rights and experiences in this regard.

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Al Huwail: The NHRC’s participation comes in the framework of its awareness and educational role The NHRC participates in The […]

Al Huwail: The NHRC’s participation comes in the framework of its awareness and educational role
The NHRC participates in The edition of 25th Doha International Book Fair. The NHRC provides its publications, including books, magazines, brochures and research studies as well as gifts to be distributed during the exhibition period, which extends until January 17.
Mr. Jaber Al Huwail, Director of the Legal Affairs department at the NHRC states that the NHRC’s participation comes in the framework of its awareness and educational role
and its mission in the spreading the human rights culture; we consider Doha International Book Fair a great opportunity through which ideas and experiences could be exchanged with all the other participating states.
Al Huwail added that in addition to the regional and international communication exiting through the fair, there is also a local communication with other local state institutions participating in the fair, which is considered to be a real indicator of the strength of civilization and originality in the state which in turn reflects the depth of history and the present capacity that reveal the cultural future prospects; despite the availability of most of the material presented in the fair on the internet, the book fair emphasizes the important value of the need to read from the books themselves, which represent a great cultural value.

Mr. Al Huwail pointed out that the NHRC’s booth is different this year, as the NHRC appoints a legal researcher to provide legal advices and introduce the mechanisms of submitting petitions and complaints; of the most important books the NHRC presents this year, guidelines for education and healthcare centers by Dr. Mohammed Saif Al Kuwari, member of the NHRC in addition to a range of other publications, including Human rights in Islam, NHRCs’ annual reports civil society organizations survey in the State of Qatar…etc.
It is noteworthy that booth of the NHRC was visited by the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the State of Qatar, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and Dr. Dr. Saif Ali Al Hajari. Chairman of Friends of the Environment Centre.

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Dr. Al Marri Met Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Qatar The Chairman of the NHRC, Dr. Ali […]

Dr. Al Marri Met Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Qatar
The Chairman of the NHRC, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri met with HE Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Qatar Ms. Yvette Burghgraef-van Eechoud. Discussions during the meeting focused on matters of mutual interest and the exchange of experience and expertise on human rights.

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A group of students from Ahmed Bin Mohammed Military College visited the NHRC. The director of the Legal Affairs Department, […]

A group of students from Ahmed Bin Mohammed Military College visited the NHRC. The director of the Legal Affairs Department, Mr. Jaber Al Hwail, delivered a lecture on the establishment of the NHRC, its mandate, mechanisms for receiving complaints and efforts to monitor human rights situation in the state.

Al Hwail also answered the questions from the visiting students on human rights and the role of the NHRC in raising awareness and fostering human rights culture through the awareness campaigns, training courses, seminars, workshops and conferences at the local, regional and international levels.

He said: “The National Human Rights Committee fulfils its advisory role in all fields of human rights and for all categories of the society in Qatar whether citizens, residents or government or private institutions. Whoever lives in Qatar enjoys his or her full rights guaranteed by the Constitution and laws ratified by the State without discrimination.” He added that the NHRC organizes specialized training courses for law enforcement personnel such as police officers, prosecutors and judges to enlighten them about human rights in law enforcement process.

Mr. Momen Dardari, a legal adviser at the NHRC, gave a lecture on the International Humanitarian Law and its relation to the International Human Rights Law, where he stressed the importance of officers and the armed forces members’ awareness of the International Humanitarian Law and the rules and principles of human rights due to its impact on law enforcement in some cases which need their presence in dealing with civilians.

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Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary General of the National Human Rights Committee has announced the launch of the fourth […]

Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary General of the National Human Rights Committee has announced the launch of the fourth season of “Martyr Ali Hassan Al Jaber Award”, a Qatari national who was working as a cameraman for “Al Jazeera” TV channel and martyred while covering the war in Libya, in March 10, 2011 .

The amount of the award is worth 20.000 U.S. dollars; contestants shall compete for the award in three categories, namely: press photos, press releases and short documentary films. Winners in the first 2 categories shall be honored and awarded 5000 USD. While the winner of the third category shall be awarded an amount ranging from 5000 to 10.000 USD.

Al-Attiyah said that the subject of participatory works should be of a humanitarian nature not a political nature, so that the candidate should have provided significant and distinctive contributions through his/her work in the detection of crimes or serious violations committed against a people, and should have contributed to the prevention of such crimes and violations and revealed them to the public opinion; in addition to the other technical terms and conditions including that works and contributions submitted by contestants or participating institutions should not be provided by their owners in similar competitions or helped them to win previous awards, and that the nominated works and contributions will not be returned to their owners, they will be kept in the archive of the National Human Rights Committee.
Works and contributions submitted in the category of the press photos, should be of a high-quality in which the raw file of the image is attached; while works and contributions submitted in the category of the press release should meet all the common features of the press release including addressing the subject, reviewing points of views of all parties including those who are involved and the others whom get affected as well as addressing solutions; with regard to the short documentary film, of a high-quality (full HD 16: 9) and not exceeding 10 minutes.

In 2013, The National Human Rights Committee has selected a photographer the DCMF has campaigned for as the winner of a journalism prize; the winner Mohammed Othman is a victim to Israeli violence aimed at preventing him from reporting events in Gaza through his camera, the Palestinian journalist, came on a wheel chair, to receive the prize dedicated to his Qatari colleague who passed away while conveying the atrocities of Kaddafi’s regime to the world. In 2014, for the press release category, the Egyptian journalist Mohamed Saeed, for the category of documentary film, Hafsa Aubl from Yemen and the third winner for the category of the press photo is the Syrian journalist Mohamed Ghassan Al Jirwidi. The amount of the award is worth 15.000 U.S. dollars; Each winner honored and given 5000 USD as well as the award shield.

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The NHRC Chairman Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri and the Yemini Ministry of Human Rights Dr. Izz Al-Deen Al-Asbahi […]

The NHRC Chairman Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri and the Yemini Ministry of Human Rights Dr. Izz Al-Deen Al-Asbahi signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the areas of human rights; It covered many areas of cooperation, including issues related to the development of the human rights system, strategies and action plans. It also took into account the development of future relations between both sides and the dissemination of concepts pertaining to the support and protection of human rights and the development of a bilateral framework so that each party would benefit from the technical and institutional expertise of the other party.

The memo stated that priority should be given to activities aimed at strengthening cooperation to develop the support and protection of human rights systems and the associated skills related to the institutional development of human rights (governmental and non-governmental), the development of plans and strategies, implementation of human rights and support for capacity building.
It also dealt with the exchange of experiences in the field of human rights and support programs and activities for human rights education, cooperation in providing consultancy and research, supporting and strengthening cooperation in the fight against trafficking in human beings and other priority areas.

Dr. Al Marri, added that the government of Qatar took serious steps to solve problems and challenges relating to to the present sponsorship and exit permit system, where the draft of the amended law has been forwarded to the NHRC earlier and it had given its views and recommendations.the draft law seeks to achieve balance between the rights of workers and their employers and offers more guarantees of freedom and protection to foreign workers.The NHRC, he said, was established more than 12 years ago, and was mature enough to share its experiences with Yemen.

Al Isbahi said that the MOU covered many areas of cooperation, including issues related to development of human rights systems, strategies and action plans in his country.Support for capacity building in the area of human rights is to be one of the main areas of cooperation, said the minister.

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At the conclusion of the regional workshop on the legal prospects for asylum, participants stressed the need to find jobs […]

At the conclusion of the regional workshop on the legal prospects for asylum, participants stressed the need to find jobs for refugees, even inside the camps to deal with the psychological conditions that they might be exposed to during the asylum period.

Participants also highlighted the efforts of the Arab countries in the protection of the rights of refugees on its territories, especially those that have not signed the Geneva Convention on the rights of refugees, as well as calling on the need to respect the rights of refugees in education, the integration of refugees’ rights in the culture in the curriculum, taking into account international agreements governing education issues, and not involving issues of emigrants and traded for the sake of political gain and restrict media coverage of as a humanitarian issue.

The workshop was organized over two days, the National Human Rights Commission, in cooperation with the High Commissioner of the United Nations for Refugees (UNHCR) with the participation of about 50 members of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.

Mr. Jaber Al Hwail, the Director of the Legal Affairs Department in the National Human Rights Committee, stated in the press statement at the conclusion of the workshop that The NHRC and the UN High Commissioner for Refugee Affairs jointly organize a training workshop annually on Refugee Affairs, most recently in 2013 on women’s refugee rights, in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two sides and mutual cooperation in addressing humanitarian issues, especially with regard to the situation of immigrants whose number is increasing alarmingly in recent years.

Dr. Yousef Al Daradkeh, protection officer in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) extended his gratitude to the State of Qatar and the NHRC on hosting, organization and preparation for this important regional training workshop, praising the great attention given by the State of Qatar to the issues of immigrants and refugees through its various institutions, including charity ones. He commended in a press statement the great cooperation between the NHRC for the past five years, which has had a significant impact on the spreading the awareness on refugee affairs and their suffering.
The second and final day of the regional workshop on the legal prospects for asylum several working papers were discussed, including the principle of “non-refoulement”, presented by Dr. Yousif Al Daradkeh.

Al Daradkeh explained in his paper the resources of international law relating to the principle of non-refoulement, stressing that Non-refoulement is a key facet of refugee law, that concerns the protection of refugees from being returned or expelled to places where their lives or freedoms could be threatened. He stressed that The principle of “non-refoulement” was officially enshrined in the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and is also contained in the 1967 Protocol and Art 3 of the 1984 UN Torture Convention.

Mr. Saher Mohiuddin, protection officer in the UNHCR office in Kuwait presented another working paper on the legal prospects of the regional national framework for asylum, where Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 were discussed, pointing out that the Arab countries did not participate in the preparation of this announcement because most of which were under the yoke of colonialism in the course of its drafting.

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The regional workshop entitled “Legal prospects for asylum” was launched in December 22, 2014, It was organized by the National […]

The regional workshop entitled “Legal prospects for asylum” was launched in December 22, 2014, It was organized by the National Human Rights Committee in cooperation with the regional Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Mrs. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee, in a speech which Mr. Jaber Al Hwail Director of the Legal Affairs at the NHRC gave on her behalf at the opening of the training workshop, mentioned that the international community had sought to regulate the right to shelter through the issuance and approval of numerous international declarations and conventions, including the United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees of 1951, 1967 Protocol and 1969 OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems, The Arab League Extradition Agreement that was approved by the Council of the League of Arab States on September 14,1952.

Al-Attiyah stressed that the importance of the subject of this symposium especially in light of the increasing number of refugees in the Arab and Islamic countries in recent years as a result of global and regional developments in the region, which requires international cooperation and activation of legitimacy and legal provisions related to the right of asylum. convening this regional workshop came to consolidate, develop and integrate all aspects of cooperation and joint action in order to effectuate the cooperation agreement signed in 2012 between the NHRC and regional office of the UNHCR in the areas of exchange of experiences and the development of national capacity. this regional two-day workshop addresses several important issues relating to Refugees affairs in the International, regional and national legal frameworks, asylum in Islam in the light of the International Bill of Human Rights, the principle of non-refoulement, the right of litigation, and other important topics.

Dr. Yousif Al Daradkeh, protection officer at the Regional office the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Gulf Cooperation Council commended the outstanding role played by the State of Qatar in terms of humanitarian and charity work at the national, regional and international levels. He extended thanks and gratitude to the State of Qatar, institutions and associations concerned with humanitarian support for refugees and immigrants, particularly for Syrians refugees and immigrants.

The workshop included sessions held during two days to familiarize participants with some comparative studies on the subject of asylum and general discussions; including the framework of international refugee law by Mr. Saher Mohiuddin, protection officer at the Regional Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kuwait, in which he discussed international human rights law, international humanitarian law, common principles between them and the Convention 1951 status of Refugees and its provisions, objectives and definition of refugee protection laws, and the role of UNHCR.

Mr. Yousif Al Daradkeh presented a working paper entitled “A comparative study on Asylum in Islam” in which he discussed the right to shelter in Islam, conditions for granting asylum, the rules prescribed for the right to asylum in the Koran, including the measure of no expulsion or the principle of non-refoulement and the imposition of penalties on account of illegal entry or presence of a refugee who enters or is present in territories of states and other relevant topics.

Ms. Rania Fouad Abdul Hakim Jadallah, legal expert at the National Human Rights Committee, presented a working paper entitled “The role of civil society organizations in the protection of the rights of refugees”, she added that worldwide security and freedom in all its forms are considered one of the greatest challenges in the twentieth century, she discussed several points relating to the common lack of clarity in the legal status of the asylum seeker, their basic rights, including the principle of non-refoulement and other punitive measures in case of illegal entry or illegal residence in the State of the shelter.

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