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Beirut: 30 June 2022 HE the President of the Republic of Lebanon General Michel Aoun met HE President of the Arab […]

Beirut: 30 June 2022

HE the President of the Republic of Lebanon General Michel Aoun met HE President of the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions, and Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah, and the accompanying delegation during her visit to Lebanon.
Aoun praised the role HE Al Attiyah plays through her presidency of the NHRC in Qatar, the Doha-based ANNHRI, in addition to the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) based in Geneva. In addition, Aoun stressed his appreciation for the support that Lebanon receives from the State of Qatar in various fields.
The Lebanese President expressed his hope for fruitful cooperation between the Arab Network and the Lebanese Commission for Human Rights, which was established in 2016, noting that “work is underway for the Lebanese National Commission to achieve all the conditions required for compliance with the Paris Principles of the United Nations and to become a member of (GANHRI).” He then added: “We are doing great work and unremitting efforts to promote the rights of Lebanese women, child rights, and the rights of the disabled people, despite the lack of resources.” For her part, HE Al Attiyah affirmed her support for the recently established Lebanese National Human Rights Commission and advancing cooperation between it and other bodies, as well as securing the appropriate conditions for its joining the (ANNHR).
She said, “The presence of Lebanon within the network will enable it to interact with Arab institutions and coordinate cooperation in the field of human rights.” expressing her hope that “the legal texts that sponsor the work of the Lebanese Commission will be completed so that it is ready to join the Arab network, as well as provide its needs to be able to carry out the required tasks.” HE the President of ANNHRI also affirmed the full commitment of the network to support the Lebanese Commission in terms of overcoming challenges and meeting the needs necessary to play its role in promoting and protecting human rights in Lebanon, as well as the participation of the Lebanese Commission in introducing, supporting and the spreading of the culture of human rights in Lebanon. This can be manifested through programs implemented by the national authority with ANNNHRI. Additionally, QNHRC and ANNHRI can work out with the Lebanese National Human Rights Commission on more future projects and plans and provide it with support.
Al Attiyah called for the need for financial and administrative independence of national human rights institutions for them to carry out their entrusted role in accordance with the Paris Principles of 1993. She also noted the Arab Networks keenness to form the National Human Rights Commission in the Republic of Lebanon on independence, pluralism and transparency, which will enable it to play a major role in the protection process and perform its mission in the dissemination, establishment and promotion of human rights.
She stressed the governments important role in amending the law establishing the national commission in line with the Paris Principles in terms of transparency, financial and administrative independence, and benefit from best practices in the process of drafting the Commissions law, calling for expanding consultations on developing the draft law to serve the promotion and protection of human rights. She further noted the Arab Network’s full support for all the efforts the government and civil society organizations are doing in this regard.
The President of (ANNNHRI) recommended the importance of adequate government financial support for the national authority and the Committee for the Prevention of Torture, pointing out that this support is one of the most important conditions for establishing national institutions that are internationally equitable, in addition to granting them financial and administrative independence to preserve the balance of the authority’s independence in performing its advisory role to state institutions impartially.
In the same context, HE Mariam Al Attiyah met with the President of the Beirut Bar Association Nader Daoud Kasbar.
Finally, Al Attiyah stressed the need to support the Lebanese Human Rights Commission for obtaining classification (A) by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, the funding required, and a permanent headquarters for the commission.

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Doha: 15 June 2022 HE Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah, met today with […]

Doha: 15 June 2022

HE Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah, met today with HE Member of the German Parliament (Bundestag) Peter Heidt.
The meeting discussed aspects of cooperation in issues of common interest, means of communication, and the exchange of experiences in order to promote and protect human rights.

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Doha:14 June 2022 The Center for Empowerment and Care of the Elderly (Ehsan), in association with the National Human Rights […]

Doha:14 June 2022

The Center for Empowerment and Care of the Elderly (Ehsan), in association with the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), organized Tuesday a seminar titled “Protecting the Elderly: Responsibilities and Tools” in celebration of the United Nations World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, themed for 2022 “Addressing violence and abuse against older persons”.
Vice-Chairman of the NHRC Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari said in his opening statement that raising awareness of the rights of the elderly is one of the methods that enable one to elevate their state in accordance with the noble human values. The importance of observing this day comes from it being an international recognition of the need to protect the elderly from mistreatment, and to reject all the abuse and insults that they are subject to, he added. He stressed the centrality of developing an international and national response to eliminate this problem that is only predicted to worsen in the coming years, as the percentage of people growing older and entering this category rises.
For his part, CEO of Qatar Foundation for Social Work Ahmad bin Mohammed Al Kuwari said that the State of Qatar has noticed the issue of abuse of old people early on, ensured the passing of related laws, and implemented means to prevent it. Al Kuwari pointed out to the Qatari legislative on the matter, with the constitution in the forefront, where it stresses the importance of the elderly in general and provides them with social security, housing, employment, in addition to legal and social protection.
During the discussion, the director of the home care unit at Ehsan Musheera Hamad Al Shahwani presented a worksheet titled “raising awareness of elderly abuse and its consequences,” which defined what is meant by abuse and what it entails, its types, and its consequences. The discussion also shed light on the responsibilities and roles of protecting old people from abuse, highlighting the role Ehsan plays in raising awareness about the issue, and she concluded by suggesting ways to defend them.
On the other hand, Acting Director of the Legal Affairs Department at NHRC Nasser Marzouq Al Sultan presented a worksheet under the title of “Best International Practices to Raising Awareness and Prevent Old People’s Abuse” elaborating on the UN’s efforts to deal with this issue.

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 Doha:13 June 2022 The Center of Empowerment and Elderly Care (Ehsan), in coordination with the National Human Rights Committee NHRC, […]

 Doha:13 June 2022

The Center of Empowerment and Elderly Care (Ehsan), in coordination with the National Human Rights Committee NHRC, is organizing a discussion panel entitled “Protecting the Elderly… Tools and Responsibilities,” on Tuesday morning. This discussion panel will be attended by a group of specialists, in conjunction with the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), which happens each year on June 15.
HE Deputy Chairman of NHRC Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari said that caring for the elderly is a joint social responsibility of solidarity between individuals and society, noting the keenness of Islam to honor and respect the elderly.
He added that the Qatari legislative system, foremost of which is the Constitution, emphasized the protection of the rights of the elderly in general, and the protection of the rights of social security, housing, work, and legal and social protection in particular. The State of Qatar has also taken measures in this field that would implement and recognize the rights stipulated in international human rights covenants for this segment, and ensure the strengthening of their role in society, in accordance with the concept of empowerment based on the rights and law approach not on the traditional concept of social welfare.
He stressed that despite the positive measures taken by the State of Qatar in the field of protecting the rights of the elderly, there are emerging problems and challenges that prevent a percentage, which may be few of the elderly, from enjoying their rights and weakening their positive role in society. He also stressed the need to shed light on the extent to which this social group understands its rights and the state’s duties towards it, with regard to protecting it from abuse in its various forms, and working to familiarize them with the means and tools that protect them from abuse in all its forms.
On his side, Acting Executive Director of Ehsan Center Khaled Abdullah stressed the importance of this event in which the whole world expresses its opposition to violations and suffering that can befall the elderly. He added that the WEAAD is an occasion to unite efforts and have a dialogue and debate on the most important issues and rights related to the elderly, to raise societal awareness of the importance of finding solutions to stop the ill-treatment of the elderly worldwide, especially as it is considered a global social issue that affects the health and rights of a large number of elderly people around the world. This is what makes it an issue that deserves the attention of the entire international community.
The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is one of the global days that the United Nations has designated periodically and recurringly each year, during which events are organized to raise and improve the level of awareness of the problems faced by the elderly, such as abuse or aging, and to raise the level of awareness of the great importance of the prevention care, as well as therapeutic care for the elderly. This day also aims to rehabilitate employees working in the field of elderly care and develop their capabilities, motivate many organizations of a non-governmental nature, as well as families and individuals, in order to provide a healthy environment for the welfare of elderly people.

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  Muscat:07 June 2022 HE Chairman of the Council of State of Oman Abdul Malik bin Abdullah Al Khalili met […]

  Muscat:07 June 2022

HE Chairman of the Council of State of Oman Abdul Malik bin Abdullah Al Khalili met with HE Chairperson of National Human Rights Committee Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah, as part of her current visit to the Sultanate of Oman.
The meeting dealt with a number of issues related to human rights and topics of common interest.
During the meeting, HE Chairman of the Council of State of Oman stressed the importance of the role of national human rights institutions in protecting and promoting human rights and spreading their culture at all national, regional and international levels. He referred in this context to the seminar organized by the Oman Human Rights Commission in cooperation with the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions, underlining the importance of these seminars in strengthening areas of cooperation and exchange of expertise and experience between human rights institutions.
Also, HE Maryam Al Attiyah met with HE Minister of Social Development of the Sultanate of Oman Laila bint Ahmed Al Najjar. The two sides reviewed a number of social issues related to the protection of human rights.

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2022 Doha: 30 May HE Chairperson of National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah met Tuesday with […]

2022 Doha: 30 May

HE Chairperson of National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah met Tuesday with Faten Limashati, Director of the Center for the Promotion and Protection of Children Affected by Armed Conflict in the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict in Doha.
The meeting discussed aspects of cooperation on human rights issues, particularly those related to strengthening and safeguarding children’s rights.

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2022 Doha: 29 May HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah met with […]

2022 Doha: 29 May

HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah met with HE the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan Richard Bennett.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed aspects of joint cooperation to promote human rights in Afghanistan, and the role carried out by the State of Qatar in the in the process of evacuating and relocating thousands of people from the Afghan capital, Kabul; as well as the centers for evacuation and reception, the various aids provided to the refugees, placing the Afghan citizens and others in the short-stay accommodation in Doha and the integrated services provided to them, which include the necessary needs, such as food, medical aid and logistical needs to secure their temporary residence before moving to the countries that will receive them.

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Doha: 16 May 2022 he National Human Rights Committee(NHRC) held a training workshop entitled “The European Union and Human Rights: […]

Doha: 16 May 2022

he National Human Rights Committee(NHRC) held a training workshop entitled “The European Union and Human Rights: Fundamentals, Visions and Expectations” in cooperation with the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI).
Director of the Programs and Education Department at NHRC, Hamad Salem Al Hajri said that the workshop is considered the first work of many of the various training workshops that will be presented by NHRC during the coming period, in cooperation with human rights organizations, it is carried out for the benefit of government agencies and civil society organizations in Qatar.
He added that the workshop came within the framework of fruitful cooperation with all actors in the field of human rights, with the aim of familiarizing themselves with the European human rights system, promoting and protecting these rights, and discussing current and future challenges.
Director of the Programs and Education Department at NHRC praised the cooperation of the attendees and discussions included in the workshop, affirming that the training workshop acquired the participants a lot of knowledge related to the European human rights system.
For his part, Secretary-General of the No Peace Without Justice and the main lecturer of the workshop Dr. Niccolo Figa-Talamanca, valued reforms related to labor laws and the regulation of the entry and exit of expatriates and their residency, and said that the State of Qatar has achieved huge drastic changes with regard to the conditions of expatriate workers, not only in the context of material conditions, health care, housing and its requirements, and the inspection of housing sites and workplaces, but the reforms included more significant fundamental changes. He indicated that the amendments, in essence, allowed those who come to work and reside, to engage in society and a sense of belonging to work and society.
Talamanca added that the reforms undertaken by the State of Qatar during the past five years were made in accordance with the laws issued by the State of Qatar, and the NHRC made significant contributions in this regard.
Secretary-General of the No Peace Without Justice stressed the importance of sustaining these reforms and changes, adding that these human rights reforms are not subject to a temporary situation, but rather come within the context of society’s behavior.

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Doha: 10 May 2022 The first public training workshop “European Union and Human Rights: Fundamentals, Visions and Expectations” kicked off […]

Doha: 10 May 2022

The first public training workshop “European Union and Human Rights: Fundamentals, Visions and Expectations” kicked off in Doha Saturday.
The workshop is organized by the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) in cooperation with the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI).
The workshop comes within the framework of the fruitful cooperation with all actors in the field of human rights. It aims to learn about the European human rights system, and discuss the promotion and protection of human rights, as well as current and future challenges.
HE NHRC Secretary-General Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali said in his opening speech that the main objective of the training workshop is to give the participants a background on the European charters, mechanisms and institutions concerned with human rights, especially the European Union, the Council of Europe and the European Parliament; in addition to introducing the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the EU agencies, and the European Court of Human Rights.
He noted that the European system for the protection of human rights has many pillars related to human rights issues and matters, at the forefront of which is the Council of Europe which has the most important and effective human rights protection systems at the regional and global levels.
He added that the European system for human rights is one of the most advanced regional systems in the field of protection and fundamental freedoms. The European system has paid great attention to this matter more than seven decades ago. The Council of Europe was established in 1949 to encourage cooperation between member states, to achieve progress and prosperity in a democratic society based on the freedom of expression.
The NHRC Secretary-General underlined that the National Human Rights Committee in the State of Qatar has put the importance of networking relations and partnerships with stakeholders at the international and regional levels at the core of its strategy in order to further advance its national role in protection and promotion of human rights, which has resulted in a solid partnership with the European Parliament in its various specialized committees. Especially the Subcommittee on Human Rights. This partnership was crowned in April of 2018 by a consultative memorandum of understanding for the exchange of experiences and consultations between the National Human Rights Committee and the Subcommittee. This memorandum is considered the first of its kind for the European Parliament with a Gulf and Arab national human rights institution.
Al Jamali pointed out that the existing partnership between the two parties reflects the credibility and true will for close cooperation between them in many joint programs in the various fields of human rights; noting that the European Parliament and its senior officials have a large and distinguished presence in many major activities organized by the National Human Rights Committee, such as the international conference held in Doha, and the European Parliament hosted many hearings, meetings and exhibitions for the National Committee at its headquarters in Brussels. This workshop is an extension of this solid cooperation between the two sides.
HE NHRC Secretary-General Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali looked forward to further consolidating the joint cooperation with the Subcommittee on Human Rights, and to developing and activating the strategy contained in the consultative memorandum of understanding between the National Human Rights Committee and the Subcommittee in order to strengthen the relationship and promote it to broader horizons.
For his part, Secretary-General of the No Peace Without Justice Dr. Niccolo Figa-Talamanca praised the efforts made by the National Human Rights Commission and the organization of this workshop, saying: “I am very impressed with the strength and independence of the National Human Rights Committee.” During his opening speech to the workshop, he stressed that his participation as the Secretary-General of the No Peace Without Justice – an organization defending human rights – and the cooperation with the National Human Rights Committee and the Subcommittee on Human Rights is an honor.
He noted that the workshop will address human rights in Europe and its institutions, and will try to solve the complications by clarifying the specializations and powers of each of them.
He indicated that the workshop will review the basic dynamics of human rights, noting that human rights are part of political matters, but they must arrange the relationship between individuals, groups and institutions, as politics is the relationships between these different entities.
He said that the workshop will discuss the challenges faced by human rights policies in Europe, and how human rights affect citizens, the reality of the member states of the European Union, the Union as a whole, as well as the foreign policies of Europe.

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Doha: April 2022 The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) organized two virtual lectures for employers, managers, and heads of departments […]

Doha: April 2022

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) organized two virtual lectures for employers, managers, and heads of departments who work at companies and factories located in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Mesaieed Industrial City, and Dukhan Area.
Director of the Programs and Education Department at NHRC Hamad Salem Al Hajri said that the two lectures come within the framework of the campaign ‘Together We Work, You Have a Right You Have a Duty’, to raise awareness on human rights, and to enable employers and workers to know and enjoy their rights in accordance with the legislative developments in the country.
The campaign also aims to strengthen the role of companies in solving problems that prevent workers from exercising their rights effectively, and to identify any obstacles that may prevent employers and workers from enjoying their rights.
Al Hajri pointed out that over 100 officials representing more than 10 companies in Ras Laffan Industrial City attended the first lecture, while 140 managers representing a number of factories in Mesaieed Industrial City, and 10 stations in the Dukhan Concession Area attended the second lecture.
The NHRC Director of the Programs and Education Department commended the remarkable interaction based on the questions and discussions that followed the two lectures, stressing that it resulted in employers acquiring the necessary knowledge and experience that qualifies them to resolve any labor disputes, or prevent the escalation of these disputes.
The two lectures included raising awareness of Labor Law No. 14 of 2004, and the general provisions that an employer must be familiar with.
The lectures also addressed ways and means of resolving labor disputes, through the Labor Department and the Labor Dispute Resolution Committee (LDRC).
During the two lectures, the duties of NHRC were introduced, such as working to achieve the goals in international conventions related to human rights ratified by the state, as well as expressing its opinion on national legislation, its consistency with international human rights standards, and monitoring the human rights situation, through visits, receiving complaints and petitions, and spreading awareness and education on human rights.

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