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The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) released two new guide books for education and healthcare centers in co-operation with the […]

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) released two new guide books for education and healthcare centers in co-operation with the Supreme Education Council and Supreme Council of Health.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, author of the guides, Dr. Mohammed Saif al Kuwari said, “These guidelines further boost NHRC’s goals to protect human rights in Qatar. They elaborate an individual’s right to education and right to good health at education and healthcare centers; rights to education and health are enshrined in Articles 49 and 23 of the Permanent Constitution of the State of Qatar issued in 2004; the right to education leads to empowering and strengthening other rights, without proper education a person will neither know his/her rights, violations nor be able to defend them where the healthcare guide aims to monitor human rights related to health, identify infringements, violations, providing suggestions and assistance to solve them. Both guides have five chapters each that cover constitution, international conventions, laws, education and health systems, standards, services, safety and references. The right to education is guaranteed by all regional, international conventions, charters and treaties such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), Convention on the Rights of the Child, Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.The education guide aims at setting conditions and standards for  the state of human rights related to ensuring the right to education in order to boost and protect them, the objective of the preparation of the guide is to take advantage of monitoring human rights situation in learning institution, as the targeted groups in the guide are students of all groups and various educational levels, the guide aims to set standards of human rights to ensure every citizen’s right to education according to applicable regulations and laws of the State, t endeavors to empower persons with disabilities to equally gain good and collective learning in the societies they live. Similarly, every member of the society has the right to receive the best quality of healthcare as per the Constitution of Qatar, Arab, regional and international conventions and charters. It should take into account a resident’s physical, mental and social conditions without delay or discrimination because of race, religion, or other such factors, the preamble of the guide to hospitals and healthcare centers says.”

The guide for human rights to education and learning centers came among several clues, including five chapters ,The first entry tackles education and human rights, The second is discussed in light of the educational guide according to the constitution in addition to the national, Arabic, and International laws, The third displays the educational system, The forth explains the educational set, and The fifth deals with indicators of education quality in regards of adopted international standards.

The guide for human rights to health, hospitals and healthcare centers came among several clues, including six chapters, The first chapter tackles Healthcare in the Constitution, National, Arab and International Conventions and Laws, The second is discussed of the health system, The third displays the Quality indicators of health services in accordance with accredited international standards, The forth explains the health service, The fifth deals with Safety of Patients in Hospitals, Healthcare and Medical Centers, and The sixth chapter deals with references.

Refuting the two guides would conflict with the two councils existing rules, Al Kuwari said, “the Supreme Education Council and Supreme Council of Health have reviewed and approved the guidelines. There is no conflict between their guidelines and NHRC guides.The NHRC has published both the guides in Arabic and English languages.”

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The National Human Rights committee represented by Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, the chairman of the NHRC, participated at […]

The National Human Rights committee represented by Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, the chairman of the NHRC, participated at the second session of the Global Forum for Human Rights, which is hosted by Morocco at Marrakech, with the participation of 94 countries and 5,000 participants as well 100 human rights institutions from around the world.

Dr. Al Marri presented a working paper at the forum as the president of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) which discussed the initiative launched by the Forum since 2008 with the support of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC), on activating the role of national institutions in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which is one of the bodies and mechanisms of the United Nations, and an important hub for the subject of the meeting, which aims to focus on the efforts and achievements made by the national institutions with the United Nations General Assembly.

Al Marri stated that despite the importance of the role of national institutions in protecting and promoting the rights of women, NHRIs do not have standing in their own right to participate in meetings of the CSW and can only attend as part of their country’s government delegation, if they are invited, or if an invitation is not forthcoming, NHRIs may consider registering with an ECOSOC-accredited NGO (which have much more limited access than government representatives).  Neither option appropriately reflects the independent status of NHRIs, yet they are currently the only two available options. Consequently, NHRIs do not have their own separate accreditation badges, separate seating, nor can they submit documents or make oral interventions at CSW. On the contrary, NHRIs have independent participation status with other UN human rights bodies including all human rights treaty bodies and the Human Rights Council. That’s why Lobbying efforts by NHRIs come to request issuing a decision to allow NHRIs to participate in the CSW independently of governments.

Al Marri added that the participation of National Institutions accredited status(a) in the Commission on the Status of Women is of a great importance because NHRIs have an important and constructive role in addressing human rights violations and disseminating information in the field of human rights and education in the field of human rights of women and girls. In addition, participation of national institutions may bring more experience in the field of human rights to develop global policies in the framework of the Commission on the Status of Women, where National institutions can contribute to strengthening of the institutional links between national and international levels with respect to rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, in addition to forming an important part of both the framework of national, regional and international institutional accountability mechanisms for the advancement of gender equality and women’s human rights and the national mechanism to move forward in the local implementation of the Beijing Declaration, Platform for Action and the decisions of the CSW.

Al Marri reviewed the achievements of the campaign involving CSW including higher rates of engagement by NHRIs; in 2008, one institution attended the CSW while 11 NHRIs attended in 2010; greater understanding among NHRIs of the role and functions of the CSW as a policy-making body; new relationships established between NHRIs and APF with United Nations officials, agencies and diplomats, successful advocacy for the inclusion of references to NHRIs into the Agreed Conclusions of CSW; strengthened and consolidated ICC engagement around the issue of women’s and girls’ human rights, including its decision to dedicate an ICC Conference on this issue held in November 2012 in Amman, Jordan; The conference adopted the Amman Declaration and Programme of Action on the rights of women and girls. The Declaration sets out the key principles for NHRIs. In the Amman Declaration and Programme of Action, national institutions agreed to continue to call for the independent participation of “A status” NHRIs of the Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations.
Dr . Al Marri stressed the fact that the UN decisions and statements emphasize the active participation of national institutions with the United Nations bodies, and the need to grant NHRIs the rights to independent participation and stated that a lesson learned is that any concrete developments to provide the rights of participation of national institutions in the United Nations agencies based in New York, will depend on the decisions made in the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council. As a result, the international coordinating body (ICC) should continue to focus its efforts towards dealing directly with the General Assembly, and at the same time, strengthen the role of national institutions in the relevant subsidiary bodies of the Economic and Social Council, including the Commission on the Status of Women, Working Group on strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons, and Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Dr. Al Marri submitted 3 key recommendations for national institutions including NHRIs to attend annual meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women, and communicate with relevant ministries especially those ministries responsible for CSW such as departments of foreign affairs, women’s affairs or other for the inclusion of language that recognizes NHRIs as independent national mechanisms that have the mandate work to promote and protect the rights of women and girls, particularly in relation to violence against women and girls; NHRIs (whether attending meetings or not) should strongly encourage their governments to make a country statement at CSW 57 that recognizes the value of independent NHRI participation at CSW as well as their contribution in relation to combatting violence against women and girls; and NHRIs to attend meetings of the CSW should meet with UN Women, and other UN agencies to exchange information and discuss capacity building initiatives to advance cooperation with NHRIs in relation to the human rights of women and girls.

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A visiting delegation from the US Senate and the Department of Defense visited the National Human Rights Committee as part […]

A visiting delegation from the US Senate and the Department of Defense visited the National Human Rights Committee as part of visits to the State’s institutions.
A meeting was held between the delegation members and a number of the NHRC’s officials in which objectives and mandates of the NHRC were discussed together with the NHRC’s role in the dissemination and promotion of the human rights culture.

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The chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri met Mr. Christophe Payot, Ambassador […]

The chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri met Mr. Christophe Payot, Ambassador of Belgium to the State. During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of cooperation in issues of mutual concern and means of activating mechanisms of communication between the two sides in fields related to human rights.

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The chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri met Linda Dixon, representative of […]

The chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri met Linda Dixon, representative of the U.S. Department of Defense. During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of cooperation in issues of mutual concern and means of activating mechanisms of communication between the two sides in fields related to human rights.

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The National Human Rights Committee celebrated Qatar national Human Rights Day at the Cultural Village (Katara) with the participation of […]

The National Human Rights Committee celebrated Qatar national Human Rights Day at the Cultural Village (Katara) with the participation of a large number of the families of the NHRC’s staff and a number of government institutions, civil society organizations, communities, citizens and residents of the State of Qatar.
Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the NHRC stated in her speech on the occasion of the national Human Rights Day that this day marks a turning point to elevate the culture of human rights and stress the values and traditions of respect for human rights in our beloved State, pointing out that the decree law on establishing the National Human Rights Committee reflects a long-term vision for the leadership of governance in our State after which major developments in human rights issues were achieved not only in Qatar but at the regional and international levels. She added that the National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar has gained a regional and international weight that grants it a strong voice in all the human affairs, where the institutional and independent work of the NHRC and its substantive initiatives allowed it to be an ideal model in the leading platforms in the field of human rights institutions.
Al-Attiyah stressed that every year witnesses new positive developments with regard to human rights, where the potential legislative amendments expected in the labor law, which was announced by Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah, Minister of Foreign Affairs in May 2013 is a quantum leap in the way of the legislative development of the State and we hope to see these amendments light soon. She added that one of these developments is opening offices for communities of labor-exporting countries headquartered at the NHRC, this has contributed a lot in finding solutions to several issues and problems and facing challenges they may face them. Thanks to support for the principles of human rights by the state leadership, traditions and human tolerance in the State, the process of institutional advancement of human rights in the State of Qatar arose, which in turn facilitated our mission in disseminating the human rights culture that was respected in the Islamic law before the Western world put it in their constitutions and laws.

Al Attiyah extended congratulations on the occasion of the national day of human rights for the Emir, government, citizens and residents and stated that It is the right of everyone living in this land to live with dignity, this is what our ancestors taught us before we know books and international laws, and what our government is keen to under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar and His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
Mr. Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, head of the Public Relations and Media unit, stated that we are keen to celebrate with the public in the cultural village (Katara). This year, we have several official participants from the Ministry of Social Affairs, The Productive families Development Department, the Childhood Cultural Center and Audio Education complex, number of participants reached more than 300 persons and the event included distribution of leaflets that define the activities and objectives of the NHRC and human rights in general.

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The Chairman of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (QNHRC), Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri described recommendations of the International Conference […]

The Chairman of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (QNHRC), Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri described recommendations of the International Conference on the challenges to security and human rights in the Arab region as successful . He noted that the recommendations will be submitted to the HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the sponsor of the conference in addition to the partners including QNHR, council of Arab interior ministers, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions and the Arab League General Secretariat.
He described Doha conference as the first one of its kind in the region which brought together national human rights institutions, civil society organizations and those in charge of law enforcement and security agencies a matter which he said would lead to more coordination , cooperation and joint action between these parties   At conclusion of the conference, Al-Marri thanked participants for their active , positive efforts and discussions that led to the success of the conference.
Meanwhile , the Secretary-General of Arab Interior Ministers Council, Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Kuman stressed that the conference was an opportunity to strengthen cooperation between the General Secretariat of Arab Interior Ministers council and participants, saying that human rights’ principles and morals are an integral part of the Islamic religion and therefore no one can accept any rights may be contradicted with the Islamic religion .
Arab League Assistant Secretary General Ambassador Wajih Hanafi stressed the importance of such conferences in order to build confidence, noting that such a conference shows keenness on enhancing cooperation between security institutions and those concerned with human rights.
Furthermore, the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions Chairman Mohamed Fayek said that Doha conference was an advent for dialogue between non-governmental organizations and security institutions, praising role and efforts being exerted by the national institutions for human rights in order to fulfill human rights.
For his part, Head of the Middle East and North Africa Department at the UN High Commission for Human Rights Faraj Fneish announced readiness of the commission to cooperate with all parties and to help the Arab countries to meet their obligations towards protecting and promoting human rights .He called for more cooperation among the Arab region and international organizations concerned with human rights, stressing the importance of preparing a comprehensive Arab strategy on human rights.

Participants emphasized in the final statement that terrorism has a negative long-term impact on the community, where it destabilizes governments, undermines civil society, threatens peace, security, and economic and social development, which seriously affect the enjoyment of human rights. Maintaining security at the individual and collective levels, as a basic human right, is one of the most critical roles entrusted to states. Accordingly, States should take all necessary measures to achieve security in the framework of the rule of law and respect for human rights as stipulated in the relevant international conventions. Protection of human rights does not necessarily weaken national security, and security measures do not necessarily lead to diminution of human rights. The United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy that adopted the human rights and the rule of law as their substantial basis, should provide a frame of reference for Arab countries to take advantage of it in their efforts to combat terrorism. It is not permissible to link terrorism with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.
Conference recommendations stressed that States shall establish oversight and accountability mechanisms to prevent any possibility of exploiting the powers of law enforcement authorities in taking arbitrary measures against individuals or groups. States are urged to respect the Universal Declaration on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, respect and protect journalists, prevent and end torture, call upon States that have prisoners of conscience to be released, including advocates and defenders of human rights, strengthen the independence of the judiciary and the transparency of legal proceedings, respect international standards for fair trial and fight against corruption. States are urged to adopt and implement measures to ensure compliance with the principles of the rule of law, equality before the law without discrimination, and avoid arbitrariness. States are urged to harmonize national agreements and covenants relating to security and human rights with international standards and urge states that have not yet done so, to accede to relevant international conventions, particularly the Convention against Torture and its optional Protocol, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. States are also urged to cooperate with the UN special procedures of the Human Rights Council and with the contractual mechanisms, and encourage States to carry out reforms in the judiciary and the security sector, whenever necessary, encourage ongoing and regular dialogue between security institutions, civil society organizations and national human rights institutions, and consider the establishment of a mechanism, wherever conditions exist for it, for cooperation between them in order that the security measures are compatible with international human rights standards and with what came in the UN Code of conduct for law enforcement officials for the year 1979.
Finally, participants expressed their gratitude to the State of Qatar, the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, the Arab League, the Council of Arab Interior Ministers and the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions for their efforts to organize the conference and invite them to continue to work with relevant parties to implement the recommendations that were approved.

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The Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri conferred with a delegation from […]

The Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri conferred with a delegation from the National Human Rights Committee of Oman (ONHRC) headed by Saud bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Jabri, a member of the Committee, and attended by ONHRC Secretary General Dr Ubaid bin Said Al Shaqsy.

During the meeting, they discussed aspects of joint cooperation between the two committees and ways to enhance them, cooperation and coordination in the areas of training, the development of cadres working in human rights field, and the exchange of expertise.

Dr. Al Marri also met with Head of Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights Dr Ahmad Shahidov.

The meeting discussed ways to improve human rights system between the two parties and mechanisms of communication and exchange of expertise and experiences in human rights issues.The NHRC Chairman also met with Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission commissioner and discussed aspects of cooperation in issues of mutual interest and mechanisms to follow them up.

These meetings were held on the sidelines of the international conference on the challenges to security and human rights in the Arab region hosted by Doha recently.

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Dr. Al Marri: We establish an effective partnership between security institutions and civil society High Commissioner for Human Rights: We […]

Dr. Al Marri: We establish an effective partnership between security institutions and civil society
High Commissioner for Human Rights: We extend thanks to the State of Qatar for its efforts to serve the humanitarian issues in the Arab region
Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States: the conference expresses the sincere desire to protect human rights
Koman: The conference is an opportunity to build bridges of cooperation and coordination between security institutions and human rights organizations
Zayani: Qatar to host this conference emphasizes the importance of promoting the culture of human rights at the local, regional and international levels
Mohammed Fayek: Security and Human Rights Conference in Doha comes at a time the Arab world is exposed to significant risks

HE Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani opened the international conference on challenges to security and human rights in the Arab region, which is organized by Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) along with a number of partners.
Over 400 participants took part in the two-day Conference including some Arab interior and justice ministers, representatives of international and Arab human rights organizations, representatives of a group of security institutions and research centers working in the field of security and human rights, in addition to a wide participation of government entities and civil society groups.
GCC Secretary General Abdullatif Al Zayani attended the opening session along with the Arab League’s assistant secretary general and legal affairs chief Wagih Hanafi, Arab Parliament Speaker Ahmed Mohammed Al Jarwan, and Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions Chairman Mohamed Fayek.
Addressing the opening session, NHRC Chairman Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri thanked HE the prime minister and interior minister for supporting the conference.
He underlined the importance of discussing the impact of security challenges on human rights and how to promote these rights without jeopardizing security of Arab countries while ensuring that national security isn’t used as a pretext for violating human rights.
Al Marri stated that what the Arab world went through during the past few years, of painful developments, and the past events on September 11, 2001 have been associated with terrorism and combating terrorism. The international community’s wide agreement on the need to fight terrorism makes it important to look for the impact of the security challenges on human rights and how we can strengthen these rights without affecting the security of our countries, and at the same time, without considering national security as an excuse to violate human rights.
He added that the achievement of security and the realization of human rights are complementary responsibilities of States, and they shall not contradict each other if they are handled properly. We can admit, without doubt, that maintaining security is the base for the realization of human rights, however it is not an alternative for it, maintaining security shouldn’t be come at the expense of human rights; it is important to realize that violating human rights on the pretext of preserving national security is no longer an acceptable option among the peoples of the region.
He also stated that Sometimes it is difficult to achieve the balance between security and human rights, to the extent that, in some countries Security is considered prior to human rights; but in practice lacking respect for human rights, and the persistence of abuses lead to breaching security. The Charter of the United Nations since its release has connected achieving international peace and security and respecting human rights; while the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has come to recognize and guarantee that the prejudice of human rights inevitably leads to breaching security.
Al Marri stated terrorism is the greatest violation of human rights and people’s lives, and to fight it we should rely on approaches, legislation and legitimate mechanisms which are consistent with human rights standards and safeguard the rights of individuals and communities… It is impossible to accept torture, forced disappearance, arbitrary or collective punishment and other violations as tools to manage security system in any country in the world today. The occupation of the Palestinian territories, the recent barbaric attack on Gaza on the pretext of maintaining security and attempts to Judaize Jerusalem violate not only international law, but also values and principles of humanity. We take this opportunity to call on all nations to lift the injustice on the Palestinian people, lift the siege on the Gaza Strip and resist the Israeli occupation. we will not forget the suffering of the Syrian people and peoples of other regions from genocide, wars, systematic violence and prioritizing security over humanitarian principles. Despite the bitterness of the recent developments and challenges facing the Arab region, they formed an important incentive for further cooperation and coordination of the Arab efforts, including government and non-governmental organizations to build a complete system for the Arab Human Rights. This conference is a testament to the deep-rooted conviction of the importance of respect for human rights and finding ways to achieve this. It is worth mentioning that there are many successful Arab and international experiences in the field of inclusion and integration of human rights concepts in the security and institutional institutions and finding mechanisms for the prevention, accountability, ending impunity for human rights violations. This conference is considered a historic opportunity to open a serious and responsible dialogue between all concerned ministries, security institutions and civil society organizations for the development of the Arab security system in line with human rights standards and respect for human dignity, along with best practices and experiences exchange between stakeholders in this area.

The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar is keen to develop effective partnerships between security institutions and community organization, work on the inclusion of this dialogue within the institutional work and its sustainability, and encourage serious initiatives in this area. We believe that the recommendations of this conference shall be a solid platform and an effective contribution in supporting the achievement of the necessary balance between security requirements and requirements to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights, so as not to overshadow the importance of one or the other, looking forward to benefit from experiences and practices of this great gathering of Security and human rights experts to come out with tangible results reflected positively on the reality of Arab societies.

HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani met a number of heads of delegations participating in the International Conference on the Challenges to Security and Human Rights in the Arab Region at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

HE the Premier met Iraq’s Interior Minister Mohamed Salem al-Ghabban, Somalia’s Minister of Interior and Federal Affairs Abdullahi Godah Barre, Sudanese Justice Minister Mohamed Bishara Dousa and head of the Arab Network of National Institutions for Human Rights Mohamed Fayek. They reviewed bilateral relations.
Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Abdullatif Al-Zayani stated that security and stability are the main guarantors for human rights.
Addressing the opening session of the Doha hosted International Conference on Challenges to Security and Human Rights in the Arab Region, Zayani argued that when security deteriorates and stability is shaken, the human rights become more prone to violations.
The GCC chief highlighted the major strides made by GCC states, especially Qatar and Bahrain, to strike a balance between security requirements and human rights commitments. He pointed out that the GCC states always opt for dialogue to resolve dispute and iron out differences.
The Gulf countries are exerting strenuous efforts to enhance pan-GCC security and military cooperation, Zayani said. He noted that the GCC states have recently adopted a series of unified policies, systems, and agreements to achieve highest level of security cooperation. The GCC chief disclosed GCC states have approved the comprehensive security strategy, anti-terror strategy, Riyadh Document of the unified law for anti-information technology crimes and Abu Dhabi Document stipulating the unified law for countering human trafficking. Moreover, the GCC General Secretariat established a special bureau for human rights to follow up and upgrade the situation of human rights in the member states, he said.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Ambassador to Qatar Meteb Saleh Al-Mutotah emphasized the significance of the conference, saying that Kuwait has been at the vanguard of the countries in the region caring for human rights, issuing the relevant legislations that guarantee and preserve them. He noted that the Kuwaiti Constitution guarantees and protects these rights. Kuwait is so keen on providing peace and security for citizens and residents as a basic human right, the Ambassador said, noting that the country “has realized the close link between people’s security and their basic rights.” The conference discusses security challenges to human rights and how to enhance these rights, Chairman of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee, Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri told the session.
He stressed that national security does not justify violations of human rights. Marri referred to the events the Arab World has experienced over the past years, especially after September 11, which created a world consensus on fighting terrorism as a global priority. Realizing security and preserving human rights are integrated responsibilities of a country, and can never be conflicting if considered from a sound point of view, he said. Maintaining national security is a must, but in the meantime is no alternative to human rights, Marri told the session. He added that it has to be realized that violating human rights under the claim of protecting national security is a choice people reject, he added.

The two-day conference was organized by Qatar National Human Rights Committee in cooperation with the General Secretariat of Arab Interior Ministers council, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the General Secretariat of the Arab League and the Arab network for National Human Rights Institutions (ANNHRI).
Opened by Qatar Premier and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani, the conference brings together 400 participants, including Arab Ministers of Interior and Justice and representatives of major Arab and international and human rights organizations, security institutions, studies, research centers and civil society organizations.
It tackled a plethora of key issues, including the relationship between security and human rights, Arab and international success stories in fields of security and human rights. On the sidelines of the conference, a number of workshops are held to address challenges to security and human rights and aspects of the relationship between security institutions, national human rights institutions and civil society organizations, as well as codes of conduct for security institutions.
President of the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions added that in facing these challenges, the region’s countries demand security implementation of the social contract, which is represented by the Constitution, homeland security, security of citizen and the transition to systems that fully respect human rights, warning that communities in which human rights are violated and marginalized are considered encouraging environment for terrorism. Therefore, security can be achieved only by respecting human rights. Security and human rights are two values which are needed for safe and stable communities, they are two complementary values and reinforcing each other.
Bin Raad stressed that the international community and all institutions and organizations have an important role in supporting the existence of a strong structure of human rights, pointing out that the dialogue between the official authorities on human rights and the institutions of the international community are responsible for resolving all the outstanding issues in the field of security and human rights in general.

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Under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the […]

Under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar (QNHRC) will organize during the period from 5 to 6 November the International Conference on the challenges to security and human rights in the Arab region.
The Conference will be held in cooperation with the General Secretariat of Arab Interior Ministers council, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the General Secretariat of the Arab League and the Arab network for National Human Rights Institutions (ANNHRI).
The conference will be attended by more than 400 representatives of major international and Arab organizations working in the field of human rights, representatives of a number of Arab interior and Justice ministries, representatives of human rights departments of Arab foreign affairs ministries, a number of security institutions, studies and research centers on Security and Human Rights Issues, together with a wide participation of government institutions and civil society organizations, along with the attendance of 400 personalities in the opening session.
The conference will cover a variety of important topics, including the relationship between security and human rights, experiences of Arab Interior Ministers council and the High Commissioner for Human rights as well as issues relating to experiences of some international organizations in dealing with security institutions in the field of human rights, and best practices of human rights in the security institutions.
It will include a number of workshops addressing challenges to security and human rights and aspects of the relationship between security institutions, national human rights institutions and civil society organizations, as well as codes of conduct for security institutions in the field of human rights and capacity building and role of the police in the community in promoting the culture of dialogue, alternative solutions and reform of the security, penal and correctional institutions.
The majority of United Nations committees relating to the subject of the conference, and for the first time the majority of the UN Special Rapporteurs shall be attending, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and human rights, Special Rapporteurs for Freedom of Expression, UN Special Rapporteur on transitional justice, President of the Working Group on arbitrary detention, President of The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges together with first participation of its kind for the chairpersons of the human rights courts at the American, European and African levels.
Maintaining security while realizing human rights are complementary factors if they are considered properly, where security is considered the base for human rights. The relationship between security and human rights constitutes one of the main concerns of the United Nations, the League of Arab States and international and regional organizations, where there is always awareness of the need to establish a realistic balance between security requirements and protection of human rights.
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and most of the other instruments are based on adopting security measures in line with human rights and the need to maintain security and national safety. At the Arab level and in the framework of the League of Arab States, the Arab Justice Ministers Council adopted The Arab Convention for the Suppression of Terrorism, which entered into force in 1999 in its regular session in August of this year at the ministerial level where all the measures used in the fight against terrorism are guaranteed to be consistent with the rules of international law, including international human rights law.
Regarding the conference agenda, the conference is divided into four main sessions and shall include several workshops; the first day shall include two sessions together with several workshops in which the first session shall cover the international and regional experiences and the relationship between the work of the security institutions and human rights in general and the relationship between the areas of security and human rights; it shall also include two working papers for the Council of Arab Ministers of Interior and the second shall be efforts on the role of the High Commissioner for human Rights in the field of security and human rights. The second session shall be devoted to panel discussions between UN special rapporteurs including Mr. David Kaye, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Mr. Ariel Dulitzky, Chair-Rapporteur for the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, Mr. Vladimir Tochilovsky, Vice-Chair of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
As mentioned, there will be four workshops, the first workshop shall be on Challenges on Security and human rights, the second on Partnership between security institutions, national human rights institutions (NHRIs) and civil society organizations on the promotion and protection of human rights, the third on Codes of conduct of security institutions in the field of human rights and capacity building at the international, regional and local level and the fourth on Reforming security and penal institutions in accordance with international human rights standards. At the end of the first day, there shall be a meeting for the Drafting Committee recommendation.
The second day shall include 2 sessions, the first under the title Experiences of international organizations in dealing with security institutions in which there shall be 5 working papers for Mr. Mark Singleton, Director of the International Center of Counter-Terrorism, Ms. Lia van Broekhoven, Executive Director of Human Security Collective, Mr. Christopher Beecroft, Executive Director Of Global Security and Human Rights Initiative, Mr. Claud Bruderlein Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross and Mr. Salil Shetty, Secretary General of the Amnesty International; the second session shall be under the title Presentation of the workshops’ main findings; the third and final session is devoted to the final statement and recommendations submission to the Secretary-General of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers. Following this session, there shall be a press conference for Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, the Chairman of NHRC together with the four partners (the League of Arab States, the General Secretariat of the Council of Arab Ministers of the Interior, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions).

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