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Doha: NHRC: 4/2/2008- The forum under the theme, "Fair Coverage of Elections" jointly organized by the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and the Jordan-based Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies (ACHRS) opened at the NHRC HQ this morning. The forum comprises a training course on ‘Fair Coverage of Elections’ and lasts until 7th February, 2008.  

The programme for the first day of the forum covers international criteria for fair elections and the Qatar Electoral legal system and electoral systems and standards governing legislation. 

 
On Tuesday, second day of the forum, the role of the media covering the event and reporting in the media covering the campaign.  

On Wednesday, the forum will discuss the monitoring and general evaluation of electoral procedure; a media plan for covering elections will be discussed on the same day as well as a practical training course on fair electoral reporting.

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  • Course focused on relations between charity & humanitarian work & human rights;
  • Implementing Human Rights best way to counter poverty

 Doha: 1/1/2008: Manal Abbas of the Arabic daily "Arrayah" reported in today’s issue on the closing session on Human & Economic rights jointly organized by Qatar Authority for Charitable Activities and the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) for developing the participant’s (Charity and Humanitarian workers and concerned government departments personnel) knowledge and practical skills to enable them understand in depth the issues involved in the process linking sustainable development to  food security in the campaign of  countering poverty.  

The reporter focused on discussions at a round table debate, one of four forums, on relations between charity and humanitarian work, on one side, and human rights, on the other. 

 
NHRC legal adviser, Nejwa al-Orabi addressed the round table group on the subject saying that the Human rights concept has now expanded to include economic, social and cultural activities in addition to the early traditional field of politics and civil society. As such human rights now include civil society organization represented by national, non-governmental and charity and humanitarian organizations as well as political parties and trade unions.

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  • Beginning of real cooperation between Qatar Authority for Charitable Activities and NHRC: Al-Mraikhi
  • Thanks to HH the Emir’s wise leadership, Qatar now in parity with international movement promoting protection of human rights: Dr. Obaidan

Doha, December 30 (QNA) – A training course in the fields of economic and social rights opened at the HQ of the Human Rights Committee today.  

The two-day training course is organized in cooperation with Qatar Authority for Charitable Activities and aims at developing the participants’ knowledge and practical skills to enable them understand in depth the issues involved in the process linking sustainable development to   food security in the campaign of  countering poverty. 

 
The course, attended by charity organization personnel in Qatar and concerned governmental departments, also aims at further explaining the role of charity organizations in relation to those issues, in addition to emphasizing the twin role of charity organizations and human rights bodies in this field.

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    • Dr. Smaikh al-Marry Speaks to al-Raya on the historic United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

     

  • Close cooperation between NHRC & Labour and Interior Ministries

 Doha: (10/12/2007): Arabic Daily Al-Raya: His Excellency NHRC secretary general, Ali Smaikh al-Marry was interviewed by Raya journalist Manal Abbas on the 60th anniversary of the historic United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was marked by the United Nations  yesterday, 10th December 2007. 

During the interview, H.E. stressed that NHRC is committed to implementing the directives of the state related to the protection and respect of human rights and human dignity. 
 

H.E. added that the implementation of the state directives come in the context of a comprehensive national plan aimed at promoting and preserving human rights within all government departments. H.E. particularly praised the close cooperation achieved between NHRC and the ministries of Labour and Interior.

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Doha (Gulf Times, Penninsula): 26/11/2007: On the international day of Combating Violence against Women,  Gulf Times and the Peninsular published reports on the symposium held by the Supreme Council for Family Affairs at the Millennium Hotel to mark the occasion.

The Symposium was addressed by Kaltham al-Ghanem of the Social Department at Qatar University who conducted a survey described as being the first of its kind on violence in Qatar.
 
 In his presentation, the Supreme Council of Family Affair (SCFA) secretary general Abdulla bin Nasser al-Khalifa said that the council is considering an initiative for suggestions on policy or legislation that can contribute to the family and maintain its rights and dignity.

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Doha Sheraton: (12/11/2007): Writing for the Gulf Times from The Doha Sheraton where a two-day workshop on promoting ‘Human rights culture in Qatari society’ concluded yesterday, a correspondent reported  that the participants have called among other things for activating the role of the civil societies to spread awareness on the issue among the public. 

The function was organized by the Ministry of Interior in co-operation with the NHRC. Minister of State for Interior and Cabinet Member HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al-Thani and NHRC chairman, H.E. Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah attended the closing session.

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UN: 8 November 2007 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today appealed for $10 million for a two-year initiative to help women and girls affected by conflicts or natural disasters.

“Neglecting women and girls in crises makes no sense from a development perspective,” said UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Crisis Bureau Kathleen Cravero. “Not only do we fail to address the needs of half the population, we also fail to gain from their insights and resourcefulness during the critical stages of the recovery process.”

In seeking the funds, the agency pointed to the disproportionate impact of crises on women and girls while underscoring their potential to contribute to solutions.

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In a comprehensive, exclusive interview with the Qatari Arabic daily al_Sharq, H.E. Dr. Khalid Ben Mohammad al-Attiyah, the Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee stressed that there were no political prisoners in Qatar; in answer to a question by Sharq staff reporter, Wafa Zayid, H.E. said that the NHRC records don’t show a single case of forced expulsion or a complaint of violation of the rights of the handicapped, the elderly or the Juvenile. Facts, H.E. added, that were confirmed by the NHRC’s surprise inspection visits to establishments concerned.

During the interview, H.E. underlined the complete independence of NHRC stressing that it accepts no dictates from anywhere and that there were no limits or prohibitions barring its activities or hindering the realization of its objectives. Relations with diplomatic missions accredited to Qatar, H.E. went on to say, are excellent. H.E. added embassies don’t influence or interfere in NHRC work and that no complaints were filed by any of these bodies  on behalf of members of their local communities.

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Participants at the “Right to Psychotherapy-Assessment & Investigation" forum, called for drawing up a national strategy and issuing a range of legislations to enhance the levels of the psychiatric services provided in Qatar and other Arab countries.

 
“There is a need to fill up the legislations gap related to the protection of psychiatric patients rights,” Dr Mohamed Fouad, a legal adviser at the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), said while releasing the final communiqué issued by the participants at the forum organised by NHRC and held at the Sharq Village and Spa. 

The participants have stressed the necessity of conducting further scientific researches and studies on the situation of the psychiatric and mental problems, which they said, should be part of the national strategy.

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  • Colonel Muhannadi: "Qatar Believes in the right of the mentally ill to protection against exploitation";
  • Fuad: "Civil Society has a pivotal role in promoting legal developments";
  • Dr. Muhannadi: "The social stigma associated with frequenting a Health Care Center, prevents patients from seeking psychiatric help";
  • Dr. Sehaila: "Transferring the mentally ill from police clinics to determine penal responsibility."

On the first day of the Forum on "The Right to Psychotherapy-Assessment & Investigation, organized by the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) at Sharq Hotel which opened yesterday (Tuesday, 4th September 2007), there was consensus among the elite group of Arab Human Rights experts and psychiatrists participating in the forum that  all society groups have a right to psychotherapy guaranteed by international conventions and laws; and that services designated to the mentally ill have to be socially channeled through medical care centers on the general practitioner  level-a step that is designed to minimize the unfounded social stigma associated with frequenting mental health institutions.  

The forum is expected to conclude today (Wednesday, 5th September 2007), the second and final day of the forum’s deliberations which will have covered research papers presented by 13 psychiatrists and human rights experts. The forum will conclude by endorsing a number of recommendations aimed at consolidating the rights of the mentally ill in all social domains.

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