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The Conference is organized in cooperation with the office of the High commissioner, the European Parliament and the Global Alliance […]

The Conference is organized in cooperation with the office of the High commissioner, the European Parliament and the Global Alliance of NHRIs

The outcomes and recommendations of the conference are eagerly awaited, in the presence of more than 250 participants representing the institutions of international law around the world

Among the Speakers are judges, court presidents, chairpersons of international commissions of inquiry and experts

The conference is a dialogue platform for the assessment and development of national, regional and international mechanisms to combat impunity

Doha: 30 March 2019

Under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Interior Minister, HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar, in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Parliament and the Global alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, organizes the “International Conference in Doha on National, regional and international mechanisms to combat impunity and ensure accountability under international law” during the period from 14 to 15 April 2019. The conference shall be opened by Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh Al Marri, Mr.Pier Antonio Panzeri, the Chair of the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Mr. Carlos Negret Mosquera , President of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).

The conference is expected to bring together more than 250 personalities including presidents of courts, international judges, representatives of the United Nations and the European Parliament, as well as international experts, and governmental and non-governmental organizations, heads and experts of international commissions of inquiry, relevant special rapporteurs, chairpersons of United Nations treaty bodies, experts and judges in international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court, as well as experts and lawyers who have brought criminal cases before national courts based on universal jurisdiction. Furthermore, representatives of specialized international agencies and Regional human rights mechanisms, chairpersons of the European Parliament, national human rights institutions, research centers, and other relevant bodies and organizations will be invited.

Among the speakers, who have confirmed their participation, are parliamentarians, President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Prosecutor of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone, Chairman of the UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar, Chairman of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, judges of the International Criminal Court, and Senior ministers of human rights in some Arab countries, as well as senior officials of the United Nations and the European Parliament, including the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament and others.

More than 20 working papers shall be presented during the two-day conference, by lawyers, international experts, UN officials and representatives of international organizations.
The conference will last for two consecutive days and will include workshops and working groups to develop practical proposals, and to come up with concrete recommendations. More detailed information can be found in the attached concept paper.

Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh Al Marri, said in an earlier press conference that this international conference comes in the context of the partnership between the NHRC, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Parliament and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, in light of the ongoing violations and attempt to avoid responsibility and punishment for the crimes committed, particularly in access to national courts and compensation. At the same time, Al Marri pointed out that this conference is an important international event to promote protection and end impunity provided for in regional and international instruments and how these principles can be applied through the exchange of experiences of international, regional and national mechanisms, particularly in promoting these principles and enhancing accountability.

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Maryam Al-Attiyah: while we are gathered together here to celebrating the Arab National Human Rights Day, we hope we stand […]

Maryam Al-Attiyah: while we are gathered together here to celebrating the Arab National Human Rights Day, we hope we stand firm to take stock of the humanitarian situation in our Arab region

March 26, 2019

The National Human Rights Committee has honored a number of individuals and cooperating partners in spreading its message to establish and promote a culture of human rights at the national level on the occasion of its observance of the Arab Human Rights Day. The ceremony was attended by Ms. Maryam Bint Abdullah Al Attiyah, Secretary General of the National Human Rights Committee, a number of members of the National Human Rights Committee, and Mr. Sultan Bin Hassan Al-Jamali, Assistant Secretary General of the National Committee for Human Rights.

In her speech, Ms. Maryam Bint Abdullah Al Attiyah welcomed the participation of the National Human Rights Committee in celebrating the Arab Human Rights Day. ” while we are gathered together here to celebrating the Arab National Human Rights Day, we hope we stand firm to take stock of the humanitarian situation in our Arab region. The Arab Charter on Human Rights is one of the principles that guarantee the Arab citizen’s enjoyment of the rights and responsibilities he must fulfill. We hope that we will celebrate next year and enjoy a reality that meets our aspirations to enjoy our rights in all areas of human rights, stressing that the National Human Rights Committee was keen on such occasions to honor the cooperating partners in spreading its message for promoting its efforts in establishing a culture of human rights at the national level. For his part, Mr. Mohammed Saif Al-Kuwari, member of the National Human Rights Committee, said that the committee honored the parties and individuals cooperating with it in spreading its message on the occasion of its celebration of Arab Human Rights Day, adding that these individuals deserve to be honored, To disseminate its mission to promote a culture of human rights in society.

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The Charter is an Arab regional mechanism that regulate joint efforts among the countries of the region The success of […]

The Charter is an Arab regional mechanism that regulate joint efforts among the countries of the region

The success of the Charter in achieving its noble objectives depends on the seriousness of Arab countries and Arab human rights organizations in dealing with it

Al-Jamali: the cooperation between the Arab Network and the Charter Committee is an honorable example and a model for Arab cooperation

Doha: 20 March 2019

The NHRC in cooperation with the Arab Network for National Institutions organized a seminar entitled “The Arab Charter for Human Rights” at the Mondrian Hotel in the presence of representatives of a number of government authorities and civil society organizations. In her opening speech, Ms. Maryam Bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary General of the NHRC, stressed the importance of the Arab Charter on Human Rights as an Arab regional mechanism that regulates the joint efforts of the countries of the region in the field of protection of human rights. The Charter represents an official Arab consensus in the field of human rights and devotes specificity to the Arab region in light of the existence of a large number of international conventions concerned with the protection and recognition of all human rights and freedoms. The Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee pointed out the importance of promoting and protecting all rights for all individuals without discrimination and stressed the need to exert more efforts to lift all violations of human rights in the region.

Al Attiyah pointed out that the success of the Charter in achieving its noble objectives depends on the seriousness of the Arab States and Arab human rights organizations in dealing with it, and the need for changes in laws and practices to be in line with the provisions of the Charter as well as the seriousness and credibility of discussions on state reports on the human rights situation before the Charter Committee. Al-Attiyah called on Arab governments to show willingness to reopen the debate to amend some of the provisions of the Charter, which are clearly contrary to international standards to achieve the desired goals.

Mr. Sultan bin Hassan Al-Jamali, Executive Director of the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions, said that defending and protecting human rights and freedoms, and working hard to promote and protect them, is one of the noblest goals of national human rights institutions, stressing the network’s keenness to extend cooperation with all the actors in the Arab region, especially the Arab Human Rights Committee (the Charter Committee). In this context, the Arab Network signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Charter Committee to provide mutual support to NHRIs in all areas of human rights, including the exchange of experiences and best practices, and raising the capacity of national human rights institutions in the Arab world. Al Jamali added that this cooperation came within the context of the implementation of the strategic plan of the network and its operational plan for activating cooperation with regional and international organizations, as well as strengthening the capacities of national institutions to develop their work.

Al-Jamali pointed out that the memorandum of understanding developed cooperation with the Charter, and said: “Before the signing of the memorandum of understanding, we organized the Arab Conference for the Development of the Human Rights System at the League of Arab States” on June 3-4, 2013, in Doha in cooperation with the National Human Rights Committee in the State of Qatar. Among the recommendations of the conference was developing the Arab Charter on Human Rights through the development of additional protocols, including human rights issues such as: violence against women, prevention of torture, economic, social and cultural rights, human rights defenders, protection of journalists and media workers, refugees, forced disappearance, transitional justice, persons with disabilities, especially during wars and conflicts.

Al-Jamali explained that the network’s cooperation with the Charter Committee dealt with several other aspects, such as building and raising capacities, enabling institutions to cooperate with the Charter mechanism, attending its meetings and following up on its recommendations, pointing out that one of the outcomes of this cooperation is that several member institutions of the Arab network submitted parallel reports to the Charter Committee. Al-Jamali extends his thanks to the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar for its cooperation with the network, expressing the hope that this cooperation and support for the Arab Network will continue in the framework of achieving its goal of promoting, developing and protecting human rights in the Arab region.

During the seminar, Mr. Ghaffar Al-Ali, legal adviser at the Arab Network, reviewed the history of the Arab Charter on Human Rights while Col. Saad Salim Al-Dosari, Assistant Director of the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of the Interior, addressed a working paper on the engagement of the department with the mechanisms of the Arab charter. In this context, Mr. Jaber Al-Huwail, Vice-Chairman of the Arab Human Rights Committee (Charter Committee) addressed the mechanisms of selecting the members of the Charter Committee, their functions and the working mechanisms of the Committee. For her part, Ms. Hala Mousa, legal expert of the National Human Rights Committee, presented a working paper on the interaction of the National Human Rights Committee in the State of Qatar with the mechanism of the Arab Charter.

 

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March 19, 2019 The National Human Rights Committee and Qatar University in cooperation and the Ministry of Interior organized a […]

March 19, 2019

The National Human Rights Committee and Qatar University in cooperation and the Ministry of Interior organized a seminar entitled “The Right to Vote and Stand for Elections” on the occasion of the Sixth Session of the Central Municipal Council Elections 2019, with the participation of a number of members and senior officials of the National Human Rights Committee. Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al-Kuwari, member of the National Human Rights Committee, said that participating in the electoral process is a national duty, calling on all the Qatari people to participate and cast their votes to promote democracy among all members of society, leading the country to further democratic progress and political prosperity. Al-Kuwari explained that the nature of any elections leads to the identification of the social context in which the electoral processes are carried out in different dimensions, because this context occupies particular importance in understanding the nature of participation in electoral processes and its development and the results it produces.

Al Kuwari said that the electoral process is a catalyst for the candidate to play a major and important role in serving his constituency and his country by translating the demands of the constituents into realistic projects that directly or indirectly affect the development of the democratic experiment and contribute to the development of society at all levels. Al-Kuwari revealed the preparation of a detailed plan to monitor the elections of the Sixth Central Municipal Council in accordance with the program approved by the Ministry of the Interior, in addition to the development of an awareness plan on the right to participate in the political life and practical measures to implement the said plan in accordance with the national legislations, and National, regional and international human rights, pointing out that the role played by the committee during the election period comes within the provisions of Article (3) of Decree Law No. (17) for the year 2010 organizing the National Human Rights Committee, especially item (5), which provides for “monitoring the human rights situation in the State, And the preparation of reports thereon, and submit them to the Council of Ministers with their views “and item (9), which provides for” dissemination of awareness and education of human rights and freedoms, and the consolidation of its principles, at the levels of thought and practice.”

Al-Kuwari pointed out that the Elections are the gateway to democracy, it supports and regulates the governance of any country, through which the rights of individuals are recognized in society. Elections are also the best way to achieve sustainable development achievements in the country, stressing at the same time that the right to run and to vote is the right of every citizen without discrimination to participate in the public affairs in the state which is guaranteed in international instruments as well as Article 42 of the Constitution.
During the lecture, Al-Kuwari reviewed the provisions of international conventions on the election and nomination of citizens according to the national laws and international agreements including Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the rights relevant to the various stages of the electoral process, including the need for the polling centers to meet the accessibility; the need to have instructions or signs to the voters about the location of the polling centers; And the need to facilitate the voting process for persons with disabilities and the elderly. Al-Kuwari said: “If there is a disabled person with a motor disability who wanted to exercise his/her right to vote, and the polling place does not have a ramp, then This falls within the competence of the sub-committee on field visits and monitoring of the NHRC which shall consider this situation as a form of violation of the rights of persons with disabilities in accordance with international human rights instruments.” Al-Kuwari said: “It is also necessary to ensure that there is no campaign material inside the polling station and that voters are allowed to vote after presenting their ID cards, and that no pressure is exerted on voters when they mark the ballot paper. Moreover, Electoral committee officials should ensure that the election committees is organized in an effective way and that observers monitor the voting process freely within polling stations, and that the representatives of the candidates did not face any problems in entering the Electoral Commission.”

In his welcome speech, Dr. Omar Bin Mohammed Al Ansari, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Qatar university, said: “Communities are distinguished and flourished with the participation of all their citizens in all aspects of development that societies seek to achieve. They promote the values ​​of participation and the right to exercise all their rights, the most important of which is the right to political life. This year, our participation in this electoral process is a national duty and a consolidation of the principle of democracy, reflecting the cultural advancement of individuals in society. we call on all citizens of Qatar to participate actively in these elections. ”

For his part, Lieutenant Saleh Jassim Al Mohammadi, member of the Legal Committee for Municipal Council elections, stressed the great importance of municipal council elections due to the Council’s role in monitoring the implementation of laws, decisions and regulations related to the powers and competencies of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, including laws and regulations relating to the organization of buildings and planning of land, roads, commercial, industrial and public outlets and other fields. He added: “In each constituency, there is a committee of “appeals and grievances formed by the Minister of the Interior in each constituency to adjudicate the appeals and grievances related to the registration in the voter lists, also addressed the definition of the candidate and the related criteria and said: “In accordance with the provisions of Decree No. (17) of 1998 concerning the system of electing members of the Central Municipal Council, a candidate is required to be an original Qatari citizen or to acquire citizenship provided that their father is born in Qatar; to be registered in the voters’ lists in the constituency which they wish to represent, and has a permanent residence within its borders; have not previously been convicted of an offense against honor or trust; at least 30years of age; literate and known for their competence and honesty.

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Dr. Al-Marri: I will strive to strengthen the independence and performance of national institutions and protect human rights globally I […]

Dr. Al-Marri:

I will strive to strengthen the independence and performance of national institutions and protect human rights globally

I will work over the next three years to promote and consolidate a culture of human rights

The National Human Rights Committee won three leadership positions in the GANHRI, which serve as a catalyst for the performance of human rights instutuions in the region

Geneva on 5 March 2019

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar, said that he will work hard during the next three years as Vice President and Secretary of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions to enhance the independence and performance of national human rights institutions in accordance with the Paris Principles, noting that the confidence obtained by the National Committee in receiving leadership positions in the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions serve as a catalyst for all Asian and Pacific human rights institutions to develop their performance and their conformity with international standards, promote human rights gains and protect human rights in the region.

This came during the General Assembly Meeting of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) on Tuesday, 5 February at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, following electing Dr. Ali Al Marri as the Vice-President, Secretary-General and member of the Executive Bureau of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, according to the results of the elections held on the sidelines of the 23rd annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions. The election of the National Human Rights Committee is considered as a victory following the unanimous confidence obtained of the APF, and the trust of 112 national human rights institutions of the Global Alliance at the General Assembly of the Global Alliance.

The members of the APF voted unanimously and gave their trust to Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, to serve as vice-president of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, Secretary-General and member of the Executive Bureau. Members of the Forum unanimously voted for Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari, a member of the National Committee for Human Rights in Qatar, to serve as a member of the Advisory Council of Jurists of the APF.

The National Human Rights Committee won the leadership positions in the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, as a culmination of its achievements and contributions to the defense of human rights issues in Qatar and the region and its international efforts to counter the blockade imposed on Qatar. The National Human Rights Committee won four leadership positions in recognition of its efforts and contributions in defending human rights issues nationally, regionally and internationally. The National Human Rights Committee has become a model for human rights institutions in the region and the world.

It is worth mentioning that The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar is the only country in the GCC to be accredited status A by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions following a rigorous accreditation process under the supervision of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Status (A) is granted only to national institutions that fully complies with the Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions. (The Paris Principles).

The National Human Rights Committee has again received the confidence of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), which has previously rejected complaints submitted by the blockading countries, to try to withdraw the status A from the NHRC, while questioning its credibility and integrity. The efforts of the National Human Rights Committee to counter the blockade also earned the appreciation of the international community, led by the United Nations, which in its official report valued the efforts of the National Human Rights Committee and confirmed the credibility of its reports on violations by the blockading countries.

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The principle of non-impunity shall be raised for the first time at an international conference in Doha Dr. Ali Bin […]

The principle of non-impunity shall be raised for the first time at an international conference in Doha

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh:

Achieving the principle of non-impunity is the only guarantee for the achievement of international peace and security

It’s time to end impunity and ensure redress for victims

The conference examines the development of accountability and protection against impunity mechanisms

Equity of victims is the most important condition for the success of transitional justice

Achieving justice and ensuring redress for victims is the dream of the world since the First World War

The conference discusses the right to know, access to justice and provide guarantees for non- recurrence of violations

Participation of the European Parliament and the High Commission comes as a guarantee for the conclusion and implementation of important recommendations

Significant international and regional response and participation of representatives of more than 250 governmental and non-governmental organizations

We urgently need to find an integrated system of laws and mechanisms for the prevention, control and accountability in the field of human rights and international human law

Geneva: 2 March 2019

Dr. Ali Bin Samih Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, announced the organization of an international conference on “National, Regional and International Mechanisms to Combat Impunity and Ensure Accountability under International Law” during the period from 14 to 15 April in Doha, in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the European Parliament.

The conference aims at discussing international, regional and national mechanisms to combat impunity for gross violations of human rights law and serious violations of international humanitarian law. Towards this end, the conference will take stock of the relevant international law principles, in particular the Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law, and the Updated Set of Principles for the protection and promotion of human rights through action to combat impunity. The conference will discuss how these principles are being applied by sharing experience of international, regional and national mechanisms, in advancing these principles and in enhancing accountability.

The conference will bring together more than 200 governmental and non-governmental organizations, heads and experts of international commissions of inquiry, relevant special rapporteurs, chairpersons of United Nations treaty bodies, experts and judges in international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court, as well as experts and lawyers who have brought criminal cases before national courts based on universal jurisdiction. Furthermore, representatives of specialized international agencies and Regional human rights mechanisms, chairpersons of the European Parliament, national human rights institutions, research centers, and other relevant bodies and organizations will be invited.
The importance of the conference and its objectives

Conference Themes

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri said that one of the most important topics of the conference is the duty to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of violations and the right of ensure redress for the victims, as well as the right to know, the right to justice and the right to compensation.
The conference will also discuss international, regional and national mechanisms to combat impunity in cases of gross violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law. The Conference will review the relevant principles of international law, in particular the Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law.

Putting an end to impunity. achieve peace and security

“The recent events, conflicts, crises and conflicts in the world and our Arab region have proven the nee to develop international accountability mechanisms for governments, groups and individuals,” said Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh, adding that it is time to review, assess and develop all national, regional and international mechanisms, to guarantee an important principle in international conventions, that is protection against impunity. Ending impunity is the only way to achieve peace and security in the world and to redress the victims, which is the most important reason for the success of transitional justice. It is time to define international and criminal responsibilities, in accordance with international human rights law and international humanitarian law. Despite the failures and successes, we need to work together to create an integrated system of laws, mechanisms for prevention, control and accountability in the field of human rights and international law.

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Qaoud: Workshop participants enjoy a high degree of awareness Doha, February 27, 2019 The National Human Rights Committee concluded the […]

Qaoud: Workshop participants enjoy a high degree of awareness

Doha, February 27, 2019

The National Human Rights Committee concluded the workshop, organized in partnership with the United Nations Office for the Training and Documentation of Human Rights in South-West Asia and the Arab Region, on Qatar’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Hilton, Doha, Qatar.

Following the honoring of the participants and the distribution of certificates, Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Moghassib, member of the National Human Rights Committee, said in a press statement: Qatar’s accession to the two covenants constitutes an advanced step forward in the field of the State’s concern to protect and promote human rights and preserve the rights of citizens and residents on its territory, noting that the two international covenants enjoyed a distinguished place in international human rights law, their texts contributed to the development of human rights standards and formed the basis for the adoption of a number of subsequent human rights conventions, such as the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Inhuman or degrading treatment, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, stressing that there are many jurisprudential and judicial jurisprudence have relied on the provisions of the Covenants, and the development and establishment of a regional human rights systems.

For his part, Mr. Alaa Qaoud, Deputy head of the United Nations Office for Training and Documentation said that the workshop was part of the joint cooperation between the National Human Rights committee and the United Nations Office for Training and Documentation and aims to raise awareness and education for employees of government authorities on the rights contained in the International Covenants. The workshop will be followed by a serious of workshops on how to prepare reports for the committees concerned.

Qa’ud said that the National Human Rights Committee has published a simplified version of the two covenants in pamphlets. The participants’ interaction was very high, pointing out that this workshop is a first step in the process of raising awareness on the guarantees contained in the two international covenants. What’s special about this workshop is the representation from various governmental authorities, and other associations and organizations concerned.

 

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(Text of the Statement) The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar monitors continuing human rights violations by […]

(Text of the Statement)

The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar monitors continuing human rights violations by the UAE that contravene all international conventions, agreements, and norms and humanitarian principles.

Mixed families continue to face an certain future, under critical circumstances which change the lives of thousands of families in the Gulf region, due to the severe restrictions imposed by the countries of the blockade on relations with the State of Qatar leading on the first place to family dispersal.

In a number of cases monitored by the National Human Rights committee recently, some family members of mixed families have been prevented from departure from the United Arab Emirates.

A very recent case is that of Ms. Shaqraa Mohammed Obaid, Emirati citizen who is married to Mr. Fahd Abdullah Dhyiab, Qatari citizen. She left Qatar on January 23, 2019, with her two sons,
Dhyiab and Abdullah (2 years and 4 month respectively) to visit her family in the UAE. And she is currently banned from leaving The UAE with her two children, in violation of her right to family
reunification. Moreover, The National Human Rights Committee had documented 87 cases of violations of the right to family reunification following the issuance of the International Court of
Justice order.

The National Human Rights Committee deplores the continuing UAE authorities’ failure to comply with the International Court of Justice order No. 172 dated 23 July 2018, which urged the UAE to
comply with its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and to apply a set of provisional measures including ensuring that families
that include a Qatari, separated by the measures adopted by the UAE since 5 June 2017, are united, despite international appeals, and reports of international organizations documenting the violations.

The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar calls on UAE authorities to comply with the International Court of Justice order No. 172 dated 23 July 2018 and to allow The UAE citizen and her two Qatari children to leave the UAE immediately.

6 Jumada II 1440, 26th February 2019
Doha, Qatar

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Doha, February 25, 2019 Ms. Maryam al Attiyah, secretary General of the NHRC The State of Qatar described Qatar’s accession […]

Doha, February 25, 2019

Ms. Maryam al Attiyah, secretary General of the NHRC The State of Qatar described Qatar’s accession to the International Covenants on Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as an important step in promoting human rights and promoting Qatar’s sustainable development and its national vision 2030 in all its economic, social and political dimensions.

This came during her opening speech to the workshop organized by the National Human Rights Committee and the United Nations Center for Human Rights Training and Documentation for South-West Asia and the Arab Region on Qatar’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, at the Hilton Hotel from 25 to 27 of this month. Ms. Maryam Bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah stressed that the International Covenants have the power of laws for all governments that have ratified them.

Al-Attiyah explained that the workshop aims at defining the implications of Qatar’s accession to the two Covenants, as well as the role of the National Human Rights Committee and civil society organizations in protecting and promoting the rights enshrined in the Covenants. The Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee said that the organization of the workshop comes in the framework of the ongoing cooperation between the National Human Rights Committee and the United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation for South-West Asia and the Arab Region, with the participation of a wide range of representatives from government authorities or civil society organizations, pointing out that this active participation reflects the keenness of all components of the State to disseminate the culture of human rights and the promotion and protection of those rights.

Mr. Alaa Kaoud, Deputy Director of the United Nations Center for Human Rights Training and Documentation for South-West Asia and the Arab Region, discussed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Rights and guarantees covered by the Covenants. The workshop will include a number of working groups aimed at raising participants’ awareness of the content of the two Covenants. The agenda of the workshop includes a general introduction to the international human rights and obligations system, as well as a presentation on the international human rights treaties. Participants also review the role of national institutions in protecting the rights set forth in the two Covenants, and the general framework of the obligations of State parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights including the right to vote, the right to liberty and security of person, and freedom of opinion and expression. The agenda also addresses equality and non-discrimination in the rights set forth in the International Covenants.

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