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The NHRC participated in the 28th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, represented by Dr. Ali bin Smaikh […]

The NHRC participated in the 28th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, represented by Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Marri, the NHRC’s chairman, in which Al Marri presented a working paper entitled ” The role of National Human Rights Institutions in Promoting the realization of rights in poverty eradication”.
Dr. Al-Marri in the working paper stated that, national institutions perform its supervisory role entrusted with them, and act as a source of reliable information, in addition to being key factors in pushing governments towards formulating or amending their legislation in line with international standards, and urging them to implement their obligations under international conventions ratified by them. In addition to other recommendations at the legislative level in which national institutions work on the ground and are able to address, describe the issue of poverty, analyze its causes, and provide practical solutions that governments must take into account. poverty is a social scourge associated with the manifestations of exclusion and marginalization, the deterioration of living standards, high unemployment rate, the spread of indecent housing, begging, and street children. The poverty belts around the Middle East cities turn into a belt of explosives, by the growing influence of religious justifications claimed by terrorist groups .Poverty exists in Middle East countries in areas characterized by a clear absence of state institutions and infrastructure services, making citizens residing in these areas the most aggrieved at the system in their countries; due to the fact that the political authorities in these countries are not democratic, they deal with the situation in these areas in a negative and assaultive manner.
Where poverty begins to inflate, disease and ignorance prevail, the proportion of births and population density increase in narrow patches lacking proper health and education services, where mortality, dropout and crime rates also increase; all these factors make these places social spots, requiring a real and sustained cure.

With regard to the State of Qatar, Al Marri pointed out that Qatar is among the Gulf Arab states, which has rich natural resources, where 85% of the population is of non-citizens, who came from various countries to benefit from the available employment opportunities, due to the lack of workforce. On the basis of the close correlation between poverty and development, and the impact of each on the other negatively or positively, the State of Qatar adopts appropriate national development policies aimed at continuous improvement of the welfare of the entire population on the basis of their active, free and purposive participation in development and fair distribution of benefits resulting therefrom. Qatar has the world’s highest per-capita income, and the unemployment rate reached 0.30% in 2014, non-citizens also enjoy high income which in turn makes Qatar a desirable destination by thousands of young people and families from around the world

Al Marri explained that Qatar National Vision 2030 rests on four pillars, including Human development: To enable all of Qatar’s people to sustain a prosperous society, Social development to maintain a just and caring society based on high moral standards and capable of playing a prominent role in the global partnership for development, Economic development: to achieve a competitive and diversified economy capable of meeting the needs of, and securing a high standard of living for, all its people for the present and for the future, and Environmental development: to ensure harmony among economic growth, social development and environmental protection. The first National Development Strategy for the State of Qatar was prepared to set a path towards achieving the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030, and of the most important decisions was issuing a law establishing Health and Education Fund providing sustainable financial resources to health and education services with a capital of three hundred and sixty billion riyals to finance health and education programs in the State of Qatar, serving nearly 2,334,029 residents.

Al Marri explained that The Social Development Center, a non-profit organization which was founded in 1996, plays a protective role by offering extensive services to create social benefit in Qatar, including family support programs, guidance programs and career training programs; it also offers interest-free loans to deserving families, and initiate awareness programs through a variety of campaigns.

Dr. Al Marri highlighted in the working paper the pioneer role of the State of Qatar in the field of International Cooperation to combat poverty and extreme poverty, provision of support by the Qatari government for hundreds of humanitarian and investment projects in poor countries, in addition to efforts made by institutions, including “Qatar Red Crescent Society”, which provides relief and development services, “Silatech Foundation”, which provides loans for young people to open investment horizons and allow them to communicate with businessmen, “Education Foundation is above all”, which focus on the protection of the right to education, and “Reach Out to Asia”, which works to build model schools in many poor countries, in addition to the investment projects of charity organizations in the sectors of agriculture and industry in countries, such as Sudan, Somalia, Eritrean, Pakistan and the Comoros, in addition to a number of African countries.

Regarding the role of national human rights institutions in promoting the realization of the rights to eradicate poverty, Al Marri said, ” The role of national institutions is based on guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights, which focus on respect for the dignity of every human being, and the indivisibility and effective exercise of human rights; those principles emphasizes the responsibility of States to ensure that people living with poverty enjoy their human rights on an equal footing, including protection prescribed by law without discrimination, promoting gender equality in marriage, employment opportunities and acquisition of economic resources, children’s enjoyment of basic services, including health care and adequate food, housing, drinkable water, education, recognition of the people who living with extreme poverty and considering them free and independent, ensuring their participation in all stages of adopting and implementing policies that affect them, and enjoying the right to seek, receive and disseminate information on all decisions that affect their lives and having the full available information on the remedies.”
Al Marri pointed out that National institutions play an important role in monitoring the application of those principles by the states, in addition to their mandate, which is considered one of the national mechanisms for the Eradication of Poverty, including studying national legislation in the light of international human rights standards, and proposing amendment, replacing or adopting new legislation, encouraging and urging States to accede to international conventions, and withdrawing reservations to conventions ratified by them, receiving Complaints from the vulnerable groups, and trying to find appropriate solutions, urging governments to consider specific issues related to human rights, monitoring governments’ implementation of international obligations in the achievement of equality and non-discrimination, raising awareness and educating the public about civil, political, economic, social, cultural rights, as well as law enforcement officials and the judicial system in the state, cooperation with civil society organizations, to identify the needs of the target groups in the adopting and implementation of policies, cooperation with regional and international mechanisms to upgrade and improve human rights, promoting good governance and accountability in accordance with the post 2015 development plan, and dissemination of objective and transparent reports on human rights conditions.

Turning to the best practices of national human rights institutions in the Middle East, Al Marri referred to the Experience of the Independent High Commission for Human Rights of Iraq (IHCHR) on determining poverty status and providing accurate figures on the true dimensions of the problem.
Dr. al Marri provided a set of recommendations for National Human Rights Institutions in the Middle East on promoting the realization of the rights to the eradication of poverty, including, disseminating guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights, adopting, disseminating, and updating a database for poverty and unemployment on an annual basis, in cooperation with the competent authorities, following-up on recommendations of governments, and publishing outcomes of these recommendations transparently within their annual reports, conducting studies on poverty and development, and their relationship to terrorism, and cooperating with civil society organizations and charities in order to reach the target groups and involving them in adopting means to resolve their own problems.

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The NHRC held award distribution ceremony of the competition of the martyr Ali Hassan Al-Jaber, Al Jazeera cameraman who was […]

The NHRC held award distribution ceremony of the competition of the martyr Ali Hassan Al-Jaber, Al Jazeera cameraman who was martyred in Libya in March 2011 while covering the events of the Libyan revolution
The winner for the press release category, journalist Nasser Al-Sahli from Palestine who participated with a release under the title “immigration to Italy”, for the category of documentary film, the Syrian director Khaled al Dughim for his film “A prisoner … outside the bars”, and the third winner for the category of the press photo, Mr. Omar Bo Hafs from Yemen, who participated with an image on child labor.

Dr. Al Marri said stated that “thanks to the large advertising this year, the number of participants increased three times compared to the previous year and noted that the NHRC seeks to develop the competition to be international in the coming seasons. He pointed out that the NHRC was keen to honor the winners in parallel with the celebration with «The Arab Day for Human Rights», which falls March 16 each year, pointing out that the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States marked the celebration this year under the theme «Protection of opinion and expression». With the aim to activate the decision of the General Secretariat of the Arab League, the NHRC has conducted a conference entitled «Freedom of opinion and expression in the Arab world – reality and ambition», in collaboration with Al Jazeera Network.
Al Marri stressed that the rights to freedom of opinion and expression are fundamental inseparable human rights; stressing that all religions come to ensure the protection of theses rights, as stated in the Qur’an «So remind, [O Muhammad]; you are only a reminder, You are not over them a controller», the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him said “Whoso- ever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” He pointed out that human rights standards, as contained in international conventions, treaties and declarations on freedom of opinion and expression have become part of part of the international law and incorporated into the states’ domestic legislation and constitutions; in this context, the Qatari Constitution devoted to freedom of opinion and expression and stipulated in Article (47) that “Freedom of expression of opinion and scientific research is guaranteed in accordance with the conditions and circumstances set forth in the law”.

Dr. Mustafa Souag, Acting Director General of AlJazeera Network, renewed his condolences to the family of the martyr Ali Hassan Al-Jaber, stressing that this family should be proud of him who sacrificed his life for the redemption of truth and freedom of opinion and expression. He added that organizing this competition by the NHRC reflects the state’s concern of freedom of opinion and expression; He added that the killers of Al Jaber wanted to blur the truth by killing him, however they died as they lived and the truth and Al Jaber live in the hearts and minds of millions of people, and the memory is renewed each year..
The HE Mrs. Mary girl Abdullah Al-Attiyah, secretary-general of the National Commission for Human Rights, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the award of the martyr Ali Hassan al-Jaber announced the winners of the martyr in the off-season and the fourth of the three categories of the image photographic journalist, investigative and documentary film.
Ms. Maryam Al-Attiyah, secretary general of the NHRC stated that “thanks to the large advertising this year, the number of participants increased three times compared to the previous year and noted that the NHRC seeks to develop the competition to be international in the coming seasons. The National Human Rights Committee, the organizer of the competition, has limited the award in the first year to one work only 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. It is worth mentioning that the Palestinian photographer Mohammed Othman won the award in the 1st season, he is a victim to Israeli violence aimed at preventing him from reporting events in Gaza through his camera. In the 2nd year, the award has been divided into three categories, in the category of the press photo, the winner was Khalil Abu Hamra from Egypt, in the category of the press release, the winner was Eidi Al Menifi from Yemen and in the documentary film category, the winner was Media Town Company. In the 3rd season, 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 was the Syrian journalist Mohamed Ghassan Al Jirwidi.

Al-Attiyah extended thanks and appreciation to the Board of Trustees including Mr. Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali, deputy chairman; members include Mr. Ali Nasser Al Qubaisi, Director of Qatar Radio and Mr. Khalid Hassan Al Rumaihi, representative of the manager of Al Rayan channel, Mr. Mubarak Nasser Al Awami representative of Qatar TV, Mr. Saad Safar Al Kuwari, representative of the director of Gulf radio, Mr. Saleh Hamad Al Shawi, Director of Doha Centre for Media Freedom, and Mr. Yasser Qeshi, representative of the Director of freedoms and human rights department at Al-Jazeera; saying that this constellation of members remains committed to its membership during the previous three seasons and has been interested in extending to the technical committee its proposals and opinions relating to terms and competition categories. Al-Attiyah added that we are proud of our Board of Trustees and their commitment until this year’s fourth season, members represent pivotal institutions in the Qatari media movement and their experiences reinforced the choice of the best participating works in previous seasons in a way that is characterized by professionalism and credibility in support of a common message to freedom of opinion and expression.

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Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-general of the NHRC, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the competition launched […]

Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-general of the NHRC, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the competition launched under the name of the martyr Ali Hassan Al-Jaber announced the winners in its four-season in the three categories, namely: press photos, press releases and short documentary films..
Al-Attiyah revealed the names of the three winners who were nominated from among 157 participants; The ceremony to honor the winners will be on Sunday at Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl, Doha. For the press release category, journalist Nasser Al-Sahli from Palestine who participated with a release under the title “immigration to Italy”, for the category of documentary film, the Syrian director Khaled al Dughim for his film “A prisoner … outside the bars”, and the third winner for the category of the press photo, Mr. Omar Bo Hafs from Yemen, who participated with an image on child labor.

Al-Attiyah stated that “thanks to the large advertising this year, the number of participants increased three times compared to the previous year and noted that the NHRC seeks to develop the competition to be international in the coming seasons. The National Human Rights Committee, the organizer of the competition, has limited the award in the first year to one work only 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. It is worth mentioning that the Palestinian photographer Mohammed Othman won the award in the 1st season, he is a victim to Israeli violence aimed at preventing him from reporting events in Gaza through his camera. In the 2nd year, the award has been divided into three categories, in the category of the press photo, the winner was Khalil Abu Hamra from Egypt, in the category of the press release, the winner was Eidi Al Menifi from Yemen and in the documentary film category, the winner was Media Town Company. In the 3rd season, 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 was the Syrian journalist Mohamed Ghassan Al Jirwidi.

Al-Attiyah extended tnaks and appreciation to the Board of Trustees including Mr. Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali, deputy chairman; members include Mr. Ali Nasser Al Qubaisi, Director of Qatar Radio and Mr. Khalid Hassan Al Rumaihi, representative of the manager of Al Rayan channel, Mr. Mubarak Nasser Al Awami representative of Qatar TV, Mr. Saad Safar Al Kuwari, representative of the director of Gulf radio, Mr. Saleh Hamad Al Shawi, Director of Doha Centre for Media Freedom, and Mr. Yasser Qeshi, representative of the Director of freedoms and human rights department at Al-Jazeera; saying that this constellation of members remains committed to its membership during the previous three seasons and has been interested in extending to the technical committee its proposals and opinions relating to terms and competition categories. Al-Attiyah added that we are proud of our Board of Trustees and their commitment until this year’s fourth season, members represent pivotal institutions in the Qatari media movement and their experiences reinforced the choice of the best participating works in previous seasons in a way that is characterized by professionalism and credibility in support of a common message to freedom of opinion and expression.
Al-Attiyah explained that the ceremony shall include several items, including a speech by the chairman of the NHRC, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, a speech  by Dr Mustafa Sawaq, acting general manager of Al Jazeera Network, a documentary film on the history of the award, and finally honoring members of the NHRC.

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In the context of the role of the NHRC in the deployment of human rights and development of awareness of […]

In the context of the role of the NHRC in the deployment of human rights and development of awareness of students of schools and colleges, and at the invitation of Prof. Abdullah Rashid Al Nuaimi, director of the Religious Institute, Counselor Ali Muharram, legal expert at the NHRC gave a lecture at the Institute under the title “Human rights and the right to education”; The lecture dealt with human rights definition, characteristics of human rights, protection mechanisms at the national and international levels, Human Rights in Islam describing that Islam sets rules designed to protect individual rights and freedoms, Islam is concerned with respect, tolerance, justice, and equality; the lecture also dealt with human rights in the State of Qatar.

The lecture also reviewed the efforts of the State of Qatar, both locally and internationally in the promotion and protection of human rights and conventions to which the State has become a party in the field of human rights, national legislation in the field of human rights, the Constitution and laws enacted by the state in this regard as well as the competent bodies, national institutions and civil society organizations and their effective role in the protection and promotion Human Rights. The lecture also dealt with the right to education in particular in terms of the importance of education and how it is considered a basic human right that enables realization of the rest of rights.

The lecture dealt with the international conventions on the right to education and the right to education in Islam and the inclusion of this right within Qatar National Vision 2030, the lecture also reviewed the national legislation of the articles of the Constitution and various laws relating to the promotion and protection of this right as well as the executive steps taken by the State in this regard.

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The NHRC organized at the Student Center at Hamad bin Khalifa University “Calligraphy Exhibition on Human Rights in Islam” In […]

The NHRC organized at the Student Center at Hamad bin Khalifa University “Calligraphy Exhibition on Human Rights in Islam” In collaboration with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. The exhibition was opened by HE Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the NHRC in the presence of Ms. Buthaina al-Nuaimi, associate vice-president of education at QF.

Ms. Maryam Abdullah Al-Attiyah in a press statement, stated that the exhibition came to affirm Islam’s respect for the principle of human rights fourteen centuries ago and prove promoting principles human dignity in our culture and religious teachings. Al-Attiyah noted that the exhibition comes two days after the celebration of the Arab Day for Human Rights and said “this exhibition emphasize the image of tolerance, the major value set by Islam for the life of the human being; the Almighty said (…We have neglected nothing in the Book), which proves that Islam put legislation on how to live a decent life”, Pointing out that the highlight of this humanitarian culture in Islam shall constitute a real added value to the concept of Islam, change the negative perceptions linked to Islam, create a wider space for dialogue, and entrench the meanings of peace, freedom and justice that Islam enjoys.

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Dr. Al-Marri, the chairman of the NHRC met in his office at the headquarters of the Committee, Saudi ambassador to […]

Dr. Al-Marri, the chairman of the NHRC met in his office at the headquarters of the Committee, Saudi ambassador to Qatar Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Aifan. The meeting discussed ways of joint cooperation in various fields relating to human rights.

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Dr. Ali Al-Marri, Chairman of the NHRC called for the need to strengthen the partnership between the NHRC and the […]

Dr. Ali Al-Marri, Chairman of the NHRC called for the need to strengthen the partnership between the NHRC and the UN High Commission for Human Rights. This came during a meeting of Al Marri and Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in Geneva.
During the meeting, Al-Marri  discussed ways to strengthen the partnership and activate mechanisms between the NHRC and the HCHR through fruitful consultation and organizing events in all fields of mutual interest. The two sides discussed a proposal to organize an international conference on the role of the High Commission for Human Rights in the Arab region … between reality and hope” by the NHRC in cooperation with the HCHR. Al Marri pointed out that the conference comes at a stage where human rights issues face serious challenges, adding that such a conference would enhance the role of the HCHR in the Arab region. Dr. Al Marri affirmed the continuous support for the efforts of the HCHR in the consolidation of the region, pointing out that Prince Zeid Ra’ad has welcomed the idea of the conference and stressed his support for the organization and provision all the facilities to make it a success. In addition, it will depend on the recommendations in support of reforms announced by the Commissioner during the opening of the latest session of the Human Rights Council.
During the meeting, Dr. Al Marri provided a comprehensive brief on the NHRC and its local, regional and international roles. Among the most prominent issues discussed by the two sides is the activation of the recommendations of the International Conference on challenges to human rights and security in the Arab region, which was organized by the NHRC in November 2014 in Doha. The meeting also discussed ways of the High Commission to support the recommendations of the conference where the High Commissioner for Human Rights was one of the key partners in the organization and in the follow-up enforcement of its recommendations.

Al Marri stated that the NHRC communicated with the competent partners regarding recommendations of the conference including the General Secretariat of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers, and The Arab Human Rights Committee that was created pursuant to the Arab Charter, pointing out that the Interior Ministers Council confirmed through correspondence that it shall review the recommendations of the Conference at its mid-March session.

Dr. Al Marri at the conclusion of the meeting, extended an invitation to Prince Zeid Ra’ad to visit the NHRC during his upcoming visit to the Gulf.

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The National Human Rights Committee formed electoral commissions to raise awareness during the next municipal council elections of 2015 in […]

The National Human Rights Committee formed electoral commissions to raise awareness during the next municipal council elections of 2015 in which The Higher Committee is headed by Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari, member of the National Human Rights Committee, and the membership include Judge Fawaz Al-Gaatal, Dr. Asmaa Al-Attiyah and Mr. Jaber bin Saleh Al Hwail, Mr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Kaabi, Mr. Nasser Al Marzouk Sultan, and Ms. Asmaa Ali Al-Hassan.The aim of the electoral commissions is to raise the awareness of voters on the electoral process through seminars and workshops at universities and various municipalities and constituencies.

Dr. Al-Kuwari stressed that the importance of these committees in educating voters of the importance and value of the electoral process as a patriotic duty, therefore all the people of Qatar members should participate in this process, for the deepening of democratic behavior, including leading the State of Qatar to further progress Democratic and political prosperity. Al-Kuwari added that the committee shall spread the awareness of the stages of the electoral process including starting-up, campaigning, voting, counting of votes and declaration of results. He pointed out that electoral commissions have several media of awareness, including lectures at universities such as the University of Qatar, and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community, in addition to gatherings in sports clubs and malls, cultural and civil society organizations and institutions for persons with disabilities. Al-Kuwari said we will also distribute text messages and pamphlets to all the previously mentioned bodies; and through media channels including Qatar TV, Al-Rayyan and Qatar Radio; This election play a great important role in the creation of political maturity, intellectual awareness mutually between citizens and their representative candidates.

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Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee met at the four Seasons Hotel HE Mr. […]

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee met at the four Seasons Hotel HE Mr. Ignacio Escobar, Spanish Ambassador to the Kingdom of the State of Qatar. The meeting discussed ways to cooperate on issues of common concern and mechanisms for the exchanging expertise and experience in the field of human rights.

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