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Amman, August 04 (QNA) – Qatar‘s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) received on Tuesday a full membership at the Asia -Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions and the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC).

Qatar was granted the membership during the 14th annual Asia- Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) hosted by Jordanian National Center for Human Rights (NCHR).

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Cairo: (QNA: 21/7/2009): The works of the sixth session of experts of the Permanent Arab League Committee for Human Rights (PLCH) began at the Arab League Head Quarters in Cairo today under the chairmanship of His Excellency, Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh al-Merry, the president of the Qatari National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and the participation of a number of experts representing human rights organizations in Arab countries. 

 
Speaking to reporters after the opening session, Dr. al-Merry said that, several topics were discussed during the meeting including procedural by-laws that would facilitate a strong reaction against Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied territories in conformity with outlines and conditions approved by the Arab League Council. Applications by a number of non-governmental organizations to join the session as observers were also taken up as well as updating the Arab Charter of Child Rights.
 
 Dr. al-Merry added that the session will submit a report to the PLCH containing a number of recommendations aimed at facilitating the tracking of Israeli war criminals and prosecuting them. His Excellency then elaborated on the necessity of joint Arab action in this regard adding that coordination with international efforts working in the same direction was extremely necessary to avoid duplication and dispersion.

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) elected Japanese Ambassador to the organization Yukiya Amano as its new director general on Thursday afternoon

The election did not witness a smooth voting process. Due to apparent differences on who should head the agency, its board conducted long multilateral and bilateral consultations as well as two secret formal ballots before Amano was finally elected.

The IAEA General Assembly is scheduled to approve Amano’s appointment in September, and he will succeed the incumbent IAEA chief Mohamed El Baradei on Dec. 1.

The IAEA, founded in October 1957, has now 146 members with its headquarters based in Vienna, Austria.

Since its establishment, the agency has considered nuclear verification and safeguard, nuclear security, and nuclear technology transfer as the three pillars of its work.

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Doha, June 28 / QNA / NHRC, and the Arab Organization for the Rights the Disabled and the Department of civil society and the Arab League in cooperation with the "Ford Foundation" are organizing the third training session of the organizations of civil society in the Arab Gulf and Yemen 28th-30th, June, 2009. 

 
This session is being held in the context of  the program to stimulate the rights of persons with disabilities in the Middle East and North Africa. The program  is a joint venture between the Arab Organization for the  Disabled and the Ford Foundation launched in  early November 2007. The Session is designed to strengthen and empower people with disabilities and help them to organize themselves, to acquire skills of cooperation and leadership as well as promoting community awareness on the needs

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Doha: (NHRC: 3/5/2009): H.E. NHRC president Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh al-Merry today received at NHRC headquarters, the Iraqi ambassador, Mr. Jawad Kazim Jawad. Bilateral relations and a number of topics of mutual interest were taken up during the meeting.

Straddling the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and stretching from the Gulf to the Anti-Taurus Mountains, modern Iraq occupies roughly what was once ancient Mesopotamia, one of the cradles of human civilisation.  

In the Middle Ages Iraq was the centre of the Islamic Empire, with Baghdad the cultural and political capital of an area extending from Morocco to the Indian subcontinent.

 
Iraq has the world’s third largest reserves of crude oil.

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UN: 1 June 2009 – The United Nations said today that the number of people displaced by the conflict in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province has risen above 2.5 million, and a shortage of funds could cut relief services there.

UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York that the new figure, an increase of about 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) over last week’s estimate, was based on numbers collected by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and Pakistani authorities, which are registering people both inside and outside camps.

More than two million people have been driven from their homes by clashes between the Government and militants in the past month, in addition to the 400,000 already displaced in fighting last year.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a briefing to the General Assembly today, emphasized the need for greater support to scale up the response of the international community and the Pakistani Government to the situation.

“The human suffering is immense,” he said.

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Doha, May 27 (QNA) – The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs H.E. Ahmed Bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay inaugurated on Wednesday the United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region in Doha according to the UN General Assembly resolution A/60/153 for 2005 which was adopted unanimously in the same year. H.E. the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs stressed in his speech at the official opening ceremony held on Doha Grand Hyatt Hotel on Wednesday that the opening of this center is the outcome of constructive negotiations between the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Government of the State of Qatar.  

"The State of Qatar has offered in 2004 to host the center in Doha. In 2005 The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to establish the centre, an incident that reflects the extent of support lent by the international community to the initiative.

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Doha: UN: 27/5/2009: The human rights education and capacity development work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will have a much higher profile and longer reach with the opening of the United Nations centre for Human Rights in Qatar’s capital, Doha. OHCHR has been shifting its emphasis to the field for the last few years and the development of the new United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab region underscores that strategic view. The Centre will be officially opened by Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Qatari Minister of State, His Excellency Ahmad Bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud.

The Centre’s chief purpose is to build on existing human rights achievements in the region through training and documentation activities involving a wide range of governments, institutions and individuals in close cooperation with the network of OHCHR regional offices in Beirut, Addis Ababa and Bangkok. The Centre will have multiple training and information-sharing functions devoted to achieving a substantial, sustained human rights capacity in the region. 

Recognizing that information is key, the Centre’s other critical function is the development and documentation of human rights systems in the languages of the regions it is serving. The Centre will assemble a broad collection of information resources and publications in print and electronic format, to inform policy makers, human rights defenders, and practitioners from various sectors, academics and researchers. The material stored and disseminated by the Centre will provide essential complementary support to the educational and information-sharing roles of the Centre.

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Doha, May 25 (QNA) – The first UN human rights training and documentation centre for South-West Asia and the Arab region will be established in Qatar, it was announced yesterday. 

The centre, a joint initiative between the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Qatari government will be declared open tomorrow by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs HE Ahmad bin Abdullah al-Mahmoud.

This will be followed by a two-day inaugural workshop with the theme: ‘A comprehensive vision of the United Nations human rights mechanisms’.

The centre will offer human rights training to government representatives, national human rights institutions, civil society and rights experts as well as UN staff members within the region.

It will have a comprehensive human rights reference library with publications and training material both in Arabic and English as well as other training facilities.

The project, being supported by the Gulf Co-operation Council, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Conference, the Arab Regional Conference on National Human Rights Institutions and the Arab-Latin American States Summit, will cover the multi-sectoral training needs of 25 Arab and South-West Asian states.

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Doha, May 24 / QNA / The Third training course organized by the National Human Rights Commission in the context of a series of similar sessions on human rights protection mechanisms.

 
The session held at the Grand Regency Hotel, will last for a period of five days during which a number of topics will be discussed including the definition of international and national mechanisms for the protection of human rights and the emergence of and terms of reference of the Human Rights Council and the universal periodic review and complaints procedures and treaty bodies such as the work of the committees. 

NHRC  Chairman,
Dr Ali bin Smaikh al-Merry, will address the session on the fifth and final day of the session on NHRC’s role in the protection and promotion of in the protection and promotion of Human Rights;  in addition participants will also discuss  topics brought up by the High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as International Criminal Trials. Other important human rights issues will also be taken up.

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