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Doha: (Agencies 21/04/2010): H.E. NHRC Chairman, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh al-Marry yesterday met with the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the sidelines of the first Gulf Forum of National Human Rights institutions held at the Ritz Carlton Doha 20-21 April, 2010. 

 
During the meeting, they discussed ways of cooperation, partnership and exchange of experiences; they also discussed the role to be played by the United Nations Centre for Training, Documentation and Information in the field of human rights in South Asia and the Arab region, which will start operations in Qatar soon. The Centre is expected to provide training and offer expertise in the field of human rights for the region and especially for those newly established partnerships with the NHRC. Ms Pillay requested NHRC’s  support in this area.

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Doha: (Agencies: 21/04/2010): At the conclusion of the First  Forum of National Human Rights Institutions in GCC countries, Participants  this afternoon (Wednesday, 21/04/2010) thanked His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, Qatar’s Prime Premier and Foreign Minister for patronizing the meeting,  and went on  to thank the GCC Secretary-General as well as  the NHRC, the State of Qatar and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for taking the initiative to call for the convening of the Forum in the first place. This was followed by issuing the final statement which was read out on behalf of NHRC Chairman Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh al-Marry by Mr. Sultan Al-Jamali, NHRC Director of Finance and Administration. 

 
 In their closing statement, the Forum urged GCC countries to develop comprehensive national plans for human rights, and invited the Secretariat of the Gulf States for the establishment of a permanent coordinating committee in the "Council" for Human Rights.

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Doha, April 20, 2010: (Agencies) – Under the Patronage of H.E. Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani , the first Gulf Forum of National Human Rights institutions kicked off at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Tuesday and is to run for two days. 

 
Opening the forum, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Merry, NHRC Chairman expressed heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to H.E. the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani for patronizing the forum held at a time the world community accords much attention to human rights and relevant institutions working in the field as per the well-known criteria and international principles.  

   In his address, Al Merri reviewed the prime importance of human rights at the international level for their prime value for the welfare and dignity of all people.  

 
In a keynote speech, UN high commissioner for human rights Navanethem Pillay said that by establishing the UN centre in Doha, NHRC ensures its commitment and readiness to co-operate and engage with the countries of the region, in order to further reinforce the efforts of promotion and protection of human rights.

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Doha: (NHRC: 14/4/2010): His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri, NHRC chairman held a press conference this afternoon in which he reviewed the activities of the First Gulf Forum of human rights institutions which is to be held at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel 20-21 April under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani – Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. The forum is organized by the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) in collaboration with the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Centre for training and documentation in the field of human rights for South West Asia and the Arab region.  

H.E. outlined the aim of the Forum – Promotion and protection of human rights: challenges, achievements, and aspirations, adding that the Forum will focus on  supporting human rights institutions that were created in the region and urge their creation in States that have not done that so far; In this regard he referred to the NHRC as being one among a small number of national institutions in the Arab region, that were  classified as Group A by United Nation’s Commission on International Coordination,  and that it was found to be in complete conformity in this regard with the qualifying criteria outlined in by  Paris Principles charter.

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Doha: (NHRC: 7/4/2010): Under the patronage of H.E. the prime minister and foreign minister, SH Hamad Ben Jassem Ben Jabor Al-Thani, NHRC will host the first Gulf Forum for South-West Asia and the Arab Region Human Rights Institutes under the theme, “The Promotion and Protection of Human Rights- Challenges, Achievements and Aspirations. The Forum will be held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel from 20th to 21ST April 2010.

 
It may be worth mentioning here that The United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region has been opened by the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay and H.E. the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr.  Ahmad Bin Abdullah Al-Mahoud in Doha in December 2008.

At the opening ceremony, the Minister underscored the support of the Qatar government for the work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), pledging a donation to the Office of U.S. $1 million. Qatar offered to host the Centre in Doha when it was first proposed in 2004 at the 12th session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Framework on Human Rights.

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Cairo, April 06 (QNA) –The Chairman of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee Dr. Ali bin Smaikh al-Merri Tuesday affirmed Qatar’s keenness to enhance and disseminate the culture of human rights as well as taking necessary  MEASURES  to  deepen cooperation between Qatar and other countries, and organizations in this field at the regional and international levels.

This came in statements on the sidelines of the meeting of the of the Permanent Human Rights  Sub-Committee chaired by Dr. Al-Marri with  participation of a number of experts from Arab organizations and official sides concerned with Human rights.

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Washington: (QNA: 3/4/2010):  A high-powered Qatari delegation from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), currently visiting US, held a series of discussions and meetings with US officials.

The delegation is led by NHRC Chairman H E Dr Ali bin Smaikh Al Merry and Dr Yosuf Obeidan, the NHRC’s Deputy Chairman. Discussions during the meetings between the two sides dealt with cooperation, coordination and exchange of experiences in the field of human rights’ protection.

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’s NHRC Chairman also met with the UN Special Representative to discuss the Convention on domestic workers scheduled to be launched next June.

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Geneva: (QNA: 23/3/2010): H.E. NHRC Chairman, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh al-Marry has addressed the opening session of this year’s meeting of National Human Rights Institutions in Geneva in Which he pointed out that the meeting of Arab-EU  human rights dialogue  held in Doha on the eighth of March,  focused on all forms of discrimination against women and raised awareness and understanding of women’s rights  and the role that can be played by national institutions for human rights in the promotion and protection of the rights of women and mainstreaming gender equality in Member States, both on the regional and international scale.

          The meeting is attended by some 150 participants representing over 60 National Human Rights Institutions from all across the world.

The three-day meeting will focus on the National Human Rights Institutions’ role in monitoring States’ compliance with international human rights obligations and their follow-up to international human rights bodies’ recommendations. It will also cover National Human Rights Institutions’ involvement in specific issues such as human rights and business, human rights education and training, the protection of women and children’s rights, and human rights in the context of HIV/AIDs.

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Doha: (Gulf Times: 16/3/2010): As part of a newly-launched partnership, the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) in association with the Le Mediateur De La Republic institution, yesterday started a course on human rights for participants from local NGOs and government departments.

Le Mediateur De La Republic is an institution which has been devoted — since its creation in 1973 — to improving relations between the French government and the citizens as well as examining the inappropriateness of certain legislations, procedures or their interpretation.

The course aims to introduce the social mediation concept and techniques to members of the Qatari NGOs and to highlight the civil society role in human rights protection, a spokesman at the NHRC said.

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Doha(NHRC: 8/3/2010) The 5th Euro-Arab Human Rights  Dialogue  Conference on Women Rights jointly hosted and organized by NHRC, the Danish Institute for Human Rights and National Center for Human Rights, Jordan, opened at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha this morning, (8/3/2010). Participants include prominent Human Rights decision-makers and activists. The conference focuses, as explained by H.E. NHRC Chairman, Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh al-Marry, in his opening speech, on one of the most important, sensitive and noble   human rights issues-Women Rights. Mr. Marry added that, the conference also coincides with the anniversary of the centenary of International Women’s Day and with the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the fifteenth anniversary of Beijing Platform for Action. 

 In his speech, H.E. also said that the conference which started  as a Jordanian initiative in 2007 serves as a podium for dialogue  that aims at creating a euro-Arab partnership based on fruitful and positive cooperation between the two cultures rich in expertise, experience that contributed generously in building human civilization for centuries past and present. 

 H.E. also stressed that the two sides are in earnest seeking to enrich, consolidate and promote international cooperation as a means to achieving both regional and global stability, peace, justice and development.

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