Ms. Maryam Al Attiya, the Secretary General of the NHRC met The Norwegian ambassador to the State of Qatar, Mr. Sten Anders Berge. The meeting discussed ways of mutual cooperation and exchange of experiences and expertise in the field of human rights.Read More
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Dr. Ali Al-Marri has welcomed the recommendations received by the State of Qatar at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) submitted during the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 27th session in Geneva.
Dr. Al-Marri stated that the State of Qatar has received 84 recommendations, ”and I would like to emphasize that the Committee welcomes the recommendations which directly address the area of its work, namely the recommendations that urged the state to continue its efforts to improve national mechanisms for the protection and promotion of human rights and the dissemination of awareness, education and training, particularly of public service staff and law enforcement employees, along with recommendations on the need for legislative and institutional development, including the support and establishment of institutions concerned with human rights issues.”
Commenting on the Universal Periodic Review of the State of Qatar, Al-Marri stated the report of the Working Group includes 28 recommendations relating to enhancing the status of women in society in topics related to equality, violence prevention and economic, political, civil and social rights; Al Marri added that “the National Human Rights Committee, since its establishment, submits recommendations on women’s rights to the State and we hope that those recommendations would see the light before the next review in 2017.”
The NCHR Chairman reviewed many challenges facing the protection of workers’ rights, saying in this regard that despite the efforts of the state, especially construction workers who work under harsh working conditions including the failure to get their entitlements, poor living especially and other forms of ill-treatment in small construction companies often managed by non-Qataris.
He added that the potential legislative amendments to abolish the sponsorship system and replace it with a system based on employment contracts in addition to the development of the inspection system will achieve a balance in the working relationship to ensure the rights of both parties, workers and employers.
Dr. Al-Marri emphasized the need for awareness among all concerned parties in the State of Qatar that the responsibility for the protection and promotion of human rights is not only the responsibility of government agencies; the development of civil is the prerequisite to build a society capable of building dialogue, self-confidence and social formations. Promoting debates and good practices is a must to improve human rights.
Concluding, Dr. Al-Marri extended appreciation and gratitude to the Qatar’s government for unlimited cooperation with international mechanisms for human rights in particular extending open invitation to all United Nations rapporteurs since 2010.Read More
Ms. Mariam Al Attiyah, the Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) met on Tuesday with the visiting US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Thomas O. Melia and his accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, Al Attiyah gave a detailed explanation about the objectives and mandate of the committee and the most prominent complaints received by the Committee, adding that the NHRC plays a major role in spreading awareness and education in the field of human rights as a consultative body and raises important observations about legislation to the executive bodies in the State, as well as its annual report on human rights situation to governmental and non-governmental institutions.
Al Attiyah emphasized that most of the problems and complaints received by the Committee are often related to small companies and added that large companies in Qatar are almost free of problems.
Finally, Al Attiyah stated that the NHRC organizes awareness campaigns for citizens and residents including distributing publications, and organizing workshops and training courses and seminars.Read More
Dr. Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, GCC Secretary-General met Dr. Ali bin Al-Marri, the Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) at the General Secretariat headquarters in Riyadh.
During the meeting, both sides discussed the human rights situation in the region and ways to improve mechanisms of promoting the culture of human rights as well as ways to cooperate on issues of common interest.
Al Marri extended an invitation to Dr. Al-Zayani to attend the international conference on the challenges of security and human rights, which will be organized by NHRC in partnership with the Arab Interior Ministers Council, the Arab League’s General Secretariat, the UN High Commission for Human Rights and the Arab Network of National Institutions for Human Rights (ANHRIs) on November 5-6 in Doha.Read More
The Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, Dr. Ali Al Marri met UK Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling.
The meeting was attended by UK Ambassador to Qatar Nicholas Hopton.
It discussed means of enhancing cooperation in legal affairs as well as issues of common concern related to exchange of expertise and transfer of other experiences in human rights field.Read More
Dr. Al-Marri chairs the Supreme Preparatory Committee meeting in Tunisia
Dr. Al-Marri: The conference falls in with the strategy of the National Human Rights Committee in the promotion of human rights in the region
The Conference’s higher preparatory committee held a meeting at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Arab Interior Ministers Council in Tunisia which was chaired by the chairman of Qatar National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr. Ali Al Marri together with representatives of the General Secretariat, the UN High Commission for Human Rights, the Arab League and the Arab Network of National Institutions for Human Rights attending as partners in organizing the Conference.
For the first time, Arab interior ministries, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), human rights organizations and non-governmental human rights organizations will meet together to discuss security and human rights issues and constraints in the march of human rights and review the Arab and international experiences in the field of security and human rights in addition to the most important conventions related to the work of security agencies and human rights organizations.
More than 300 representatives from Arab, regional and international human rights organizations in addition to representatives of European, African and American courts of Human Rights along with representatives of the International Criminal Court, United Nations agencies, Interpol, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe ( OSCE), Naif Arab University for Security Sciences and the United Nations Office on drugs and Crime as well as the United Nations Inter-regional Crime and Justice Research Institute will take part in the event.
Dr. Al Marri lauded support and efforts being made by the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani for the success of the conference.
In this context, Al Marri added that the conference is the only one of its kind to be organized by NHRC and hosted by the State of Qatar, pointing out that the government of the state of Qatar under the wise leadership of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, has extended its rapid response to support of the humanity dignity.
Dr. Al-Marri referred to the value of the partnership between the NHRC, Ministry of Interior in the process of promoting and spreading the culture of respect for human rights at the local, regional and international levels through courses on strengthening the capacity of all security services organized by the NHRC in cooperation with Ministry of the Interior.
On the sidelines of the preparatory committee meeting , The NHRC chairman Dr. Ali Al Marri met with Secretary General of the Arab Interior Ministers Council Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Kuman. Both sides discussed the latest developments and arrangements for the international conference on the challenges of security and human rights in the Arab region.
The 19th Annual General Meeting of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions is held along with the meeting of the APF Forum Councilors in New Delhi from the 3rd to 5th September, 2014.
Dr. Al Marri, the Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee and the Chairman of the Forum gave a speech welcoming the attendees and a summary of the international activities of the forum and the submission of the report of the Subcommittee on accreditation of the international Coordinating Committee, which is chaired by Dr. Al-Marri.
The Forum denounced and condemned in its opening Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and the violations of the international humanitarian law committed by the Israeli army; the conferees stressed the need not to Israel’s impunity on the war crimes committed against unarmed civilians in the Gaza Strip.
The meeting discussed on the first day the report of the Open-ended United Nations Working Group on Ageing, reviewing the membership request of Kazakhstan to join the forum, as well as the representation of the International Coordinating Committee in the Forum and the financial report of the Secretariat of the (APF), along with a session allocated to the Board of advisers of the Forum and dialogue organizations, non-governmental organizations and The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) and dialogue came as an opportunity for national institutions and civil society representatives to discuss practical and constructive means by which they can participate and cooperate in the Strategic Plan for the APF (2015-2020).
The second and third days of the meeting discussed several issues, including the strategic objectives of the Asian Pacific Forum, communications strategy, following-up on the APF Strategic Plan (2015 – 2020), women and girls rights, and how to strengthen national institutions and protect rights of women and girls.Read More
The National Human rights Committee held the Garangao celebration which was attended by the NHRC staff and their children who enjoyed the different activities presented during the event.
The celebration was held at the headquarters of the NHRC in a festive atmosphere amid chants and songs that recall the memories of the past and renew its heritage and traditions. It provided a range of distinctive and amazing activities which combines ideas, visions and arts.
Director of the financial and administrative Department Mr. Fahd AL Hajri described the event as distinguished. Children are the core of organizing such an event, he said adding that they were involved in all the activities during the celebration.
Director of the Public relations unit, Mr. Abdillah AL Mahmoud added that children who participated in the celebration activities, came wearing Qatari traditional outfits and performed the famous Garangao traditional song. They were also given Garangao-themed gifts. He also pointed to the role of families in passing heritage to the young generations and the importance of incorporating it in the educational process.
Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission have signed a joint cooperation agreement on the sidelines of the second session of the Arab Ibero-American Dialogue of National Human Rights Institutions, which was held in Baja California, Mexico from June 2-3.
The agreement was signed during the participation of the Chairman of the NHRC Dr. Ali Al Merri in the event.
The two committees said that the main goal of the agreement was to promote and ensure effective and full enjoyment of human rights.
The two parties said that they agreed to implement the agreement and start close cooperation between them in order to contribute to ensuring the development of the democratic system and the protection of human rights.
They also agreed to cooperate in establishing, strengthening national institutions for human rights and protecting human rights around world.
Areas of cooperation under the agreement included joint technical assistance in addressing issues related to the nature of their work, encouraging the exchange of information and experiences on issues related to investigating and studying complaints, and initiating institutional projects that allow the two parties to develop strategies for protecting and promoting human rights on the basis of international mechanisms adopted by each country taking into account the rights and interests of their citizens, especially in matters relating to education and training in fields of human rights and the rights of persons with disabilities in addition to the economic, social and cultural rights of the child.
The two sides also agreed to provide each other with necessary needs and requirements for achieving agreement objectives.Read More
The Chairman of Qatar National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr. Ali Al-Marri met The German Minister of State Prof. Dr. Maria Bohmer, who visited Qatar to participate in the World Heritage Committee meeting.
The meeting was attended by the Director of NHRC’s International Cooperation Department Sheikha Ghalia Al Thani and Germany’s Ambassador to Qatar Angelika Storz-Chakarji . The meeting discussed the Human rights march and development in the State of Qatar in addition to means of establishing cooperation on issues of common concern.
The German minister praised the human rights conditions in Qatar saying that Qatar can be at the forefront of the region’s countries in the field of human rights.Read More