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The Chairman of Qatar National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr. Ali Al-Marri met The German Minister of State Prof. Dr. […]

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.

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Dr. Marri: There are major efforts exerted by the State in employment legislation and we hope it will improve and […]

Dr. Marri: There are major efforts exerted by the State in employment legislation and we hope it will improve and upgrade the right to work for citizens and residents and ensure the rights employees and employers

The National Human Rights Committee represented in Dr. Ali Al Marri, participated in the 26th  meeting of the Human Rights Council for discussing the report of Mr. Francois Crépeau, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, after his visit to the State of Qatar in November 2013 to assess the situation of workers.
Dr. Al Marri gave a speech on the growing role of national human rights institutions in cooperation with international mechanisms and extended thanks and appreciation to Mr. François Crépeau for the report, praising the role of the National Human Rights Committee, in particular the recommendations urging the government to provide more support to the Committee and consider its recommendations which in turn will increases the credibility of the Committee and stresses the importance of its role.
Dr. Al Marri emphasized that these recommendations are highly appreciated and will be followed up on through cooperation underway between the NHRC and the Qatari government represented in ministries of labor and interior and the United Nations Centre for Training and documentation.
Dr. Al Marri added that “The report came up with important recommendations, relating to legislation, practice, and the development of many proposals on several levels, including abolition of the sponsorship system, and the effective application of existing laws. It also proposed cooperation between the governments of labor-sending and receiving countries to prevent deception over terms and conditions of contracts and labor exploitation during the process of recruitment in the labor-sending countries, in addition to determining the responsibility of the private sector in respecting international human rights standards, and dissemination of clear and transparent information about companies.”
Dr. Al Marri introduced some of the developments that followed the Special Rapporteur’s visit to Qatar, which are considered to be very important in building business relationships and establishing mechanisms to solve most of the issues raised in the report of the Rapporteur. He added “these developments and other developments getting underway, reflect the serious intention of the government to improve working conditions, in line with the recommendations of the National Human Rights Committee, as well as other recommendations included in the reports of treaty bodies and special rapporteurs, including the recent report submitted by Mr. Francois, that we hope to be applied in practice to further improve and upgrade the right to work for citizens and residents and ensure the rights of all parties (employees and employers).”
Mr. Francois Crépeau praised the efforts of major companies in Qatar in protecting the rights of workers and developing standards for the welfare of workers and protect their rights. He added that Qatar has the highest ratio of migrants to citizens in the world, which is a unique challenge. He also praised the efforts of Qatar’s government for its unlimited cooperation with national, regional and international human rights mechanisms, extending open invitations to all United Nations rapporteurs since 2010.
A meeting shall be held on the sidelines of the 26th meeting of the Human Rights Council between Dr. Ali Al-Marri and Mr. Crépeau to discuss ways to deepen cooperation between both sides.

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The NHRC, represented by the NHRC chairman Dr. Ali Al Marri, participated in the nineteenth session of the Human Rights […]

The NHRC, represented by the NHRC chairman Dr. Ali Al Marri, participated in the nineteenth session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group held in Geneva; where the Human Rights Council commended efforts exerted by the State of Qatar in the field of human rights protection and development in the field of economic and social rights. The UPR report also revealed real developments carried out by the State of Qatar in connection with its commitment to the application of the recommendations made by the UPR in 2010, especially in the field of the rights of persons with disabilities and the rights of the child.

The NHRC referred in the shadow report to the State of Qatar endeavors for further legislative developments in the field of human rights pointing out that the package of growing economic and social developments, including issuing health and education laws, and social health insurance law, in addition to drafting important legislations that will be issued in the near future, such as the election and media law and domestic workers law.

Rights of women was also referred to in the report; this issue is one of the most important issue listed in the agenda of the NHRC. The report pointed out that most critical obstacles facing women are the belief that the advancement of women is the responsibility of government agencies only, absence of NGOs concerned with women’s affairs, it also indicated that legislative development in this regard requires integrating official efforts and civil society organizations.
The Committee made several recommendations including the need to achieve equality between men and women in connection with granting citizenship to children of Qatari women married to foreigners, reviewing family legislation, drafting a law for the protection from family violence, the need for issuing a law regulating the rights of domestic workers, improving housing conditions for workers, finding an alternative system to the sponsorship system that ensures rights of both parties (employers – employees), paying better wages for workers, reconsidering some reservations on CEDAW, the need to create and establish a women’s associations, expanding the representation of women in decision-making places, especially parliamentary involvement, and urging the government on the importance of ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The report concluded in reviewing the Stat’s obligations to implement recommendations of the UPR including those accepted by the state, other recommendations announced as implemented or those in the process of implementation.

It is noteworthy that the participation of the NHRC in the UPR mechanism is one of the most important missions of the NHRC where the review is based on objective reliable information relating to the fulfillment of obligations and commitments in the field of human rights.

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Website of the National Human Rights Committee won the Golden Award under International Organization Category in the 11th Pan Arab […]

Website of the National Human Rights Committee won the Golden Award under International Organization Category in the 11th Pan Arab Excellence Awards Competition.
Out of a large number of nominations and registrations, 325 entries have been shortlisted. Afterwards, a group of jury has evaluated these websites based on selected criteria in which winners were chosen and communicated respectively for approval for ONE entitled award, where grading has been applied according to specified criteria standards.
A Prestigious Ceremony has been held in Dubai , United Arab Emirates and attended by Ambassadors, winners of the competition in addition to VIPs from the ICT field, governmental personalities as well as Economists, Academics, Diplomats, Bankers, Media and Press and other Guests from the Arab Region.
Ms. Maryam Al-Attiyah stated that this award acts as an incentive to improve the technical work of the committee in terms of developing electronic media and means of social communication in the process of spreading the culture of human rights. She added that websites and social networking media become reliable sources of news; and confirmed that the committee will work hard to make use of all the available means in order to achieve its humanitarian mission and objectives relating to full realization of human dignity and pride.

Mr. Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, head of Public Relations and Media unit at the National Human Rights Committee stated that the NHRC website achieved one of the conditions for the establishment of the Committee, that is transparency in which the NHRC field studies and annual reports are published in addition to the NHRC news with accuracy and credibility.
Al-Mahmoud referred in his speech to the establishment of the NHRC by Decree Law No. (38) for the year 2002 is the guarantee to save the real human rights and its reorganization by Decree Law No. (17) for the year 2010 in which it has been granted full independence.
Al-Mahmoud also added that the NHRC was accredited status (A) by the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of national human rights institutions, in which Dr. Ali Al Marri chairs the Sub-committee on Accreditation of international Coordinating Committee which is concerned with classification and accreditation of national institutions, he also referred to objectives of the NHRC.
It is worth mentioning that Pan Arab Web Awards is an encouragement for all sectors to showcase their websites and be more involved in the IT. Through Pan Arab Web Awards, participants have the opportunity to widen contacts and networks, foster co-operation, enhance knowledge, build capabilities and exchange information, it is a platform for creative people to showcase their works and attain market recognition.

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Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al-Marri, the Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee met on Tuesday with Dr. Nabil Al-Arabi, […]

Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al-Marri, the Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee met on Tuesday with Dr. Nabil Al-Arabi, the chairman of the Permanent Arab Committee on Human Rights of the Arab League at the Arab league’s headquarters in Cairo.

The meeting discussed means of developing mechanisms of joint Arab work in order to enhance and spread the culture of human rights and exchange expertise and experiences among human rights organizations.

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Ms. Mariam Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee has met Norway’s Ambassador to Qatar Mr. Sten Anders . […]

Ms. Mariam Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee has met Norway’s Ambassador to Qatar Mr. Sten Anders . Discussions during the meeting dealt with co-operation between the two sides and the mechanisms for exchanging  expertise in the areas of human rights.

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Ms. Maryam Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee announced the winners for the third season of the “Award […]

Ms. Maryam Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee announced the winners for the third season of the “Award of the martyr Ali Hassan Al Jabir” in the 3 categories. The ceremony will be on Sunday at Ritz Carlton Hotel at 07:30 in the evening in the presence of dignitary guests, government officials, representatives of civil society organizations and journalists.
Contestants competed in three categories, namely: press photos, press releases and short documentary films. after extensive meetings, the board of Trustees declared the winners for this year: for the press release category, the Egyptian journalist Mohamed Saeed, for the category of documentary film, Hafsa Aubl from Yemen and the third winner for the category of the press photo is the Syrian journalist Mohamed Ghassan Al Jirwidi. The amount of the award  is worth 15.000 U.S. dollars; Each winner will be honored and given 5000 USD as well as the award shield. After distributing the prizes, a group of journalists cooperating with the NHRC in deploying and establishing the culture of human rights will be honored.

Al-Attiyah stated that the selection of the winners was based on terms, guidelines and conditions approved in the statute of the award by the Board of Trustees. She commended the role of the Board of Trustees and the technical team in raising the stature of the awards through the last years who seeks to develop to be international in the coming seasons.

The National Human Rights Committee, the organizer of the competition in memory of the martyr Ali Hassan Al Jabir, has limited the award in the first year on 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 first season, he is a victim to Israeli violence aimed at preventing him from reporting events in Gaza through his camera. In the second 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.

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The Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human […]

The Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) has re-elected Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of Qatar National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) as President of the Committee for the third time.

Dr. Al Marri said on this occasion: “The re-election for this position renews confidence in Qatar National Human Rights Committee, and the confirmation of the credibility and independence the (NHRC) enjoys and an indicator of the great support being provided by the state to committee in all matters relating to human rights at local, regional and international levels.”
It is worth mentioning that the Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) currently comprises 107 sub-national institutions for human rights worldwide as well as four representatives from five continents where the State of Qatar represents the Asian continent, Mauritania represents Africa, Germany represents the European continent, and Canada represents the Americas.
It is to be noted that Qatar National Human Rights Committee also currently chairs the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF).

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The NHRC concluded the training course on human rights protection mechanisms that was held at the headquarters of the NHRC […]

The NHRC concluded the training course on human rights protection mechanisms that was held at the headquarters of the NHRC in collaboration with the Information and Training Center for Human Rights HRITC over five days; it targeted thirty human rights activists from a number of Arab countries. The course included sessions on “concepts and problems” in the principles of human rights, the Paris principles on creating national institutions for Human Rights, the International Bill of Human Rights, and civil, political and economic rights, and social and cultural development.
Sheikha al Jawhara Al Thani, the Director of Programs and Education department stated that the training course focused on regional protection mechanisms, regional conventions of human rights, regional protection mechanisms, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (United Nations Convention against Torture), international humanitarian law, international criminal court mechanisms and their role in the promotion of the human rights system, the Convention rights of the Child, and the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women “CEDAW”.

Mr. Hameed Khalid, representative of Human Rights Information and Training Center stated that the training course gave priorities to the future human rights movements and the culture of awareness of human rights rights; he also praised the efforts and interaction of the participants in the training sessions, and added that such courses are only the beginning of more specialized courses on creating competent defenders and activists in the Arab region in the field of human rights.

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The National Human Rights Committee launched its new website in a ceremony held at the Four Seasons Hotel Special in […]

The National Human Rights Committee launched its new website in a ceremony held at the Four Seasons Hotel Special in the presence of representatives of state institutions and civil society organizations; the NHRC also honored a group of lawyers cooperating with the Committee.

Mr. Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, head of Media and Public Relations unit stated that the new website is designed to be used by all age groups. He pointed out that the new website includes many sections, i.e. the NHRC news, online section for submitting complaints and petitions, kids’ corner, annual reports and the international cooperation section.
The NHRC honored a group of lawyers who have given their efforts and time to cooperate with the NHRC in helping complainers to get their rights.

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