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Doha : ( NHRC: 27 / 5 / 2008 ) : NHRC secretary general, Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh al-Marry has emphasized that child care issues have acquired  a central position amongst issues that enjoy attention on a global level as these issues require added social attention worldwide.  

 
In his opening speech at a forum jointly organized by NHRC and The Qatar Orphan Foundation which opened on Monday 26th May 2008 at the NHRC Headquarters, under the theme: "
The Rights of Orphans in Sharia (Islamic Laws), international covenants and national legislation, Dr. al-Marry added that Divine legislation proved to be well ahead legislations approved by nationals anywhere on the globe. 

 
Divine laws, he added, highly evaluate Man, be they orphans or otherwise, as being the jewel of all creation, a blessing and a joy just to look at-an apple’s eye. Religion therefore urges Man to raise coherent families based on love of good values such as cooperation and caring for one another in a fully synchronized performance where the week or the needy know that his able brethren won’t spare effort or time to enable them to acquire near parity with them.

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Beirut: (Agencies: 26/5/2008): Michel Sleiman has called for unity in Lebanon after he was sworn in as the country’s new president.

The ex-army chief was elected president on Sunday in a parliamentary session attended by foreign dignitaries including Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, who helped broker a deal to end a dispute between rival factions. 

Of those voting in Lebanon’s 127-member parliament, 118 voted in favor of Sleiman becoming president.
 Six of the ballots cast were blank, signifying a protest vote or reservations over Sleiman’s election. 

Addressing the Lebanese parliament after the election, HH the Emir of Qatar said that Sleiman’s election was part of a process towards a lasting peace in Lebanon.
 

"Lebanon," HH added," is the victor, Lebanon’s crisis is the vanquished."

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Doha: (Millennium Hotel-12/5/2008): The forum on Human Rights in the contemporary political and judiciary message in Arab States organized by the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) with the participation of a number of Human Rights experts, specialists and activists today ended its two day deliberations at the Millennium Hotel with Dr. Ali Smaikh al-Marry at the chair of the fourth session devoted to Citizenship issues in Gulf countries and Woman Rights in the discourse of Women institutes.  

The session was addressed by expert on women security, Dr. Ghadah Ali Moussa, Dr. Norhan al-Shaikh, political science professor, Cairo University and Dr. Nahid Izzuldin, Human Rights expert. 
 

Dr. Ghadah reviewed the performance of both the National Women Council and Egyptian Centre for Human Rights taking into consideration that the first body represents the official national body entrusted with considering women issues while the Council is considered a national non-governmental organization representing a ring in a chain comprising a number of non-governmental organizations entrusted with defending women rights.

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Doha: (Hotel Millennium-12/5/2008): The forum on Human Rights in the Political and Judiciary message in Arab countries opened yesterday with the participation of an elite group of experts and specialists in the Human Rights field.  

His Excellency Dr. Ali Smaikh Al-Marri, the Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRCE), Dr. Yusof Obaidan, a member of the NHRC and Kamal al-Munofi, head of the Democracy and Human Rights Programme, Cairo University addressed the opening session. 

 
In his opening speech, Dr. Al-Marri said that respect for and protection of human rights is one of the most important pillars for achieving the objectives of progress and prosperity and sustainable development. He pointed out that NHRC is keen to convene and organize conferences and seminars on issues of human rights in the framework of the efforts of the State of Qatar to promote human rights awareness being a central component of the democratic society, their highnesses the Emir and heir apparent are both determined to build in the country. 

 
He said that the forum seeks through exploring the place and concept of human issues in the Arab message contemporary Arab jurists and politicians are trying to convey to their largely Muslim society- one that has historically positively contributed to the cause of human rights.

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AMMAN: (Reuters: 5/5/2008):  Arab countries are mulling an emergency fund to help counter a global surge in food prices, Jordan’s agriculture minister was quoted as saying yesterday.

Protests, strikes and riots have erupted in developing countries around the world after prices of wheat, rice, corn, oils and other essential foods rose more than 40% in the past year.

The World Food Programme has described soaring food prices as a “silent tsunami” that threatens to plunge more than 100mn people into poverty.

“There is an intention to set up an emergency fund to support Arab countries that suffer from the rise in prices of food products,” Jordan’s state news agency Petra quoted Muzahim Muhaisin as saying.

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Doha: (QNA-30/4/2008): The training session on human rights jointly organized by the National Human Rights Committee and the Department of Training and Human Resources Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the title «promotion and protection of human rights» concluded at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.  

The session «held at the headquarters of the Department of Training and Human Resources Development in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which was attended by a group of ministry employees, came in line with NHRC’s pivotal role in promoting and protecting human rights in all segments of society. The session was also held within the on-going cooperation between NHRC and the ministries and government bodies in general and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Particular. 

 
The course focused on basic concepts of human rights, particularly in legal terms.

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Doha: (Agencies: 28/4/2008): A 3-day forum on promotion of human rights legislation in Qatar jointly organized by NHRC and the foreign ministry opened at the foreign ministry yesterday (Sun 27th April 2008). 

 
The forum aims among other things at promoting social and national awareness about new technical terms in related literature and at training diplomats in the field so as to enable them to better grasp and interact with the sensitivities abroad in relation to human rights and freedom of opinion. 

 
Another objective is the rehabilitation and development of personnel performance on follow-up mechanisms to promote human rights. 

On the first day of the 3-day session, the forum addresses the International Bill of Human Rights and the international system for protecting human rights in terms of concerned committees, organizations and mechanisms.

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Doha: Dar al-Sharq: (16/3/2008): Dar al-Sharq for printing, publishing and  distribution and the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) last night (16/3/2008) signed an agreement of  understanding and cooperation covering multi-media services in the areas of script translation and instant  interpretation, printing, distribution and practical training, editorial, photography, design and illustrated  coverage of NHRC activities. 

 
The accord was signed by His Excellency Mr. Adullatif Abdullah Al Mahmoud, Director-General of Dar al-Sharq ; His Excellency Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri, NHRC Secretary-General, signed for NHRC.  

The agreement grants NHRC, a non-profit institute, the most favoured client status.

At the beginning of the signing ceremony His Excellency the Director general of Dar al-Sharq welcomed His Excellency the NHRC Secretary-General and the delegation accompanying him, and praised the great NHRCE achievements since its inception in 2004. His Excellency also promised full cooperation as stated in the agreement and even beyond.

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Doha: (Qatari News Agency: 9/2/2008): A media training session jointly organized by Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee and the Jordanian Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies concluded its deliberations at the NHRC HQ on Thursday, 8th February 2008. 

    The session in which about 40 trainees from different concerned groups participated dealt with a number of related topics such as legal aspects of the election process in the State of Qatar and electoral systems and standards developed there in as well as the role of the media in election coverage.  

    Events also included session topics and themes related to the assessment of the electoral programmes and writing of press reports in the electoral propaganda, monitoring and evaluation of electoral procedures and a work plan for media coverage of elections in addition to practical training on writing reports and the ethical media responsibilities involved. 

 Participating Qatari journalists issued at the conclusion of the session a draft media charter of honour on behalf of Qatari journalists pledging fair coverage of elections and promising free and fair reporting.

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On the third day of the media training session participants discussed two working papers one of them dealing with the monitoring and evaluation process of electoral procedures; while the other further discussed a reporters action plan for covering an electoral event. s.

In the area of monitoring and evaluating electoral procedures, the paper work in this regard included covering activities before and after taking the ballot. 

  In the pre-ballot, the working paper identified four areas to be monitored-these are laws regulating the electoral process, the management of the electoral process, and administrative division of constituencies, and the voter registration lists. The paper also reviewed activities to be monitored in the field of administrative procedures and the nomination process along five main points starting with the call for poll, through to the nomination procedure, quarters concerned with accepting applications and placing complaints as well as publishing the final list of candidates

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