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Doha: (NHRC: 18/5/2009): A training course for law enforcement on legislation and human rights in Qatar organized by NHRC opened at the Diplomatic Club, Sunday, 17th May 2009, with the participation of a number of NHRC advisers  and Jurists led by Dr. Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri NHRC chairman and his deputy  Dr. Yusuf Obaidan. 
 
The workshop kicked off with a working paper by Dr. al-Marri dealing with, "Political Development in Qatar", and another by Dr. Yusuf Obaidan dealing with "The Qatari Constitution and the Political System".

Two other working papers on "Human Rights in the Qatari Constitution" and "The Qatari Constitution and international Human Rights Criteria" were presented by Councilor Mohammed Jadallah. 
Before presenting his working paper, Dr. al-Merry announced that The United Nations Human Rights Training & Documentations Centre for South-West Asia & the Arab Region will be officially opened in Doha later this month- on 27th May 2009.

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Doha: NHRC: 13/5/2009): NHRC is organizing a training course for law enforcement on l legislation and human rights in Qatar at the Diplomatic Club, (17-21) May, with the participation of a number of NHRC advisers  and Jurists led by Dr. Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri NHRC chairman and his deputy  Dr. Yusuf Obaidan.  

 
The workshop will kick off with a working paper by Dr. al-Marri dealing with, "Political Development in Qatar", and another by Dr. Yusuf Obaidan dealing with "The Qatari Constitution and the Political System" Two other working papers on "Human Rights in the Qatari Constitution" and "The Qatari Constitution and international Human Rights Criteria" will be presented by Councilor Mohammed Jadallah. 

 
On the second day of the workshop, a session moderated by councilor Ahmad Fuad, will convene dealing with "Political Rights in Qatari Legislation"; a working paper on "Civil Rights in Qatari Legislation" and another on "Economic and Social rights in Qatari Legislation" will then be presented by Councilor Jadallah.

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Doha: (NHRC: 6/5/2009): The national human rights committee(NHRC) has published a booklet (in Arabic) containing the rights and duties of those who wish to take up employment in Qatar.

English, Urdu and Philippino versions are to be printed soon. The Arabic version can be accessed on NHRC website (Arabic version) under the sub-link "
مطبوعات اللجنة" .

The booklet contains information on rules and regulations on employment in Qatar and it also answers frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Expatriates at all levels can find answers to their problems and queries in the booklet.

Divided into 6 chapters the first chapter highlights the issues which a laborer should pay special attention to before agreeing to leave his country for employment in Qatar. It warns about the visa rackets and false promises.

It states that any person should before leaving his country for employment in Qatar ensure that the employment agency handling his papers is an agency certified by the ministry of Labour in Qatar.

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Doha, May 05 / QNA / A panel of discussion was held at the Doha Forum on "Human rights and the repercussions of the economic and financial crisis."  Participants presented working papers in the seminar which was moderated by HE Dr. Ali bin Smaikh  al-Merry Smaikh chairman of the National Committee for Human Rights.  

 
Several themes were taken up during the discussions  such as "progress and regress in a multi-polar world" and "Economic and Social Rights-Texts and mechanisms" and "The Impact of the crisis on Migrant Workers", and "the role of concerned international agencies in the face of economic crisis" , as well as "The WTO and the issue of human rights."  

The Forum which is an annual affair here, kicked off on Sunday at the Doha Sheraton and ends today. Economists, social scientists, ministers and government officials from across the world are taking part. The event focuses on the Middle East’s economic future.

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Doha: NHRC: 4/5/2009: NHRC has organized a 5-day training session to define basic human rights for the benefit of law enforcers. Participants included concerned staff from the ministries of interior, Justice, Labour & Trade, The Supreme Council for Economic & Investment Affairs. 

 
On the first day of the session, Sunday 3/5/2009, the participants discussed 4 working papers" the  first two "Human Rights-Definitions and Terminology"; and, "International law and the United Nations: were presented by councilor Mohammad Jdallah of the NHRC; the third and fourth working papers: "The United Nations and Human Rights"; and, "Universal Declaration of Human Rights", were presented by Dr. Mohammad al-Tarawneh, Professor of Law at the University of Qatar 

Participants in the remaining four days will discuss a number of basic concepts of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Convention against genocide and other topics.

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Doha: (Agencies:26/4/2009): The first Forum for Gulf Deaf Associations jointly organized by NHRC and The Qatari Cultural and Social Centre for the Deaf opened at the Sharq Hotel today under the theme: "An Active Gulf Participation Vision of Achieving Human Security for the Deaf".

The Forum aims at achieving maximum cooperation amongst Deaf institutions in the region through consolidating relations between the deaf in region on one hand and Deaf institutions on the other.

In this context, the gathering intends to review institutions’ activities and achievements with a view towards improving services for the deaf, and refine the national experience of management and exchange of personal experiences.

Topics for discussion during the forum include the organizational and administrative structure of GulfA section of 1st session Forum Attendees Deaf institutions and the actual well being of the deaf in the region regarding in particular duties and obligations, and laws and legislation regarding the deaf sector of Gulf society.

HE Dr. Yusof Fakhro NHRC Vice-President has meanwhile opened the first meeting with a speech in which he explained that people with hearing disabilities should not be measured via their personal worth and ability to compete, but as ordinary citizens who have fundamental rights. His Excellency also stressed the importance of cooperation between the State and civil society to ensure and enhance the rights of the deaf.

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Doha: (QNA:27/4/2008): The firstForum for Gulf Deaf Associations jointly organized by NHRC and The Qatari Cultural and Social Centre for the Deaf ended its deliberations at the Sharq Hotel today with a call for the forum to be held on a regular annual basis. The 2-day Forum was held under the theme: "An Active Gulf Participation Vision of Achieving Human Security for the Deaf".

Topics for discussion during the forum included the organizational and administrative structure of Gulf Deaf associations and the actual well being of the deaf in the region regarding in particular duties and obligations, and laws and legislation regarding the deaf sector of Gulf society.

Recommendations included preserving rights of the deaf in the fields of education, work, social and health care, as well as legislative structures and rehabilitation programmes.


The forum also highlighted misconceptions and legal restrictions on the deaf and projected some activities in which deaf people indulge, contrary to misconceptions.

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DOHA: (Agencies: 9/4.2009): A workshop that highlighted the basic facts about the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council ended  Thursday (9/4/2009) at the Four Seasons Doha.

The three-day event was organized by the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and was attended by more than 20 legal researchers representing ministries, the General Secretariat of the Cabinet, Qatar Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking and Qatar Foundation for Protecting Women and child.

In a press statement to Qatar News Agency, Dr. Joseph Obiedan Fakhro, NHRC Vice Chairman said the Workshop was held in the context of an NHRC Programme aimed at fostering the Human Rights Culture rights through building communication bridges between NHRC and relevant institutions in order to achieve the goals stipulated in the Emiri decree setting up NHRC 5/5/2003.

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DOHA: (QNA: 7/3/2009):  A training course on the UN Human Rights Council and universal periodic review kicked off in Doha Four Seasons Hotel today.

The three-day course, organized by the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), aims to introduce the participants to the nature of the Human Rights Council’s work and its specialties, as well as the universal periodic review.

The course was opened by the NHRC’s Assistant Secretary General Sultan al-Jamal.The three-day event is being attended by more than 20 legal researchers representing ministries, the General Secretariat of the Cabinet, Qatar Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking and Qatar Foundation for Protecting Women and Child.

The key speakers in the workshop are Mohamed Jadallah, legal advisor at NHRC, Dr Ibrahim Badawi, legal advisor to the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ahmad Fuad, legal expert at NHRC.

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Doha: (NHRC: 2/4/2009): His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Smaikh  al-Merri , chairman of the National Committee for Human Rights  has stressed that  Qatar’s  accession to the International Convention on Ending Discrimination against women is a positive development in the field of human rights, and a culmination of efforts to protect the rights of women, as well as a great achievement to give women more rights of care and support, noting that the State of Qatar has made great strides with regard to the rights of women  being the first Arab Gulf state  to grant  women political rights.  

He also said in an interview with Qatar’s leading newspaper " Al-Rayah" that, in view of the terms of the agreement it was found that there was no conflict with national legislation already in place to protect women’s rights and defend them, adding that accession to the Convention will in fact further strengthen the process of twinning local legislation with international conventions.

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