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Doha: 9 May 2022 HE President of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah held […]

Doha: 9 May 2022

HE President of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah held a consultative meeting with the Global Alliance working team attended by HE GANHR Secretary General Amina Abu Ayyash and representative of the GANHR Executive Bureau Catherina Rosa. .
The meeting was aimed to provide an initial dialogue platform on the strategic plan of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions to be approved in March 2023, and which will define the alliance’s agenda and work program for the next three years.
Al-Attiyah said that this meeting will provide an opportunity to share ideas, visions and expectations, discuss achievements, opportunities for progress as well as work obstacles facing the Global Alliance, and agree on work priorities and mechanisms during the coming period that will enable the Alliance to achieve its main goals, making it an effective voice for national institutions in the international human rights system.
She added that the next strategic plan should be an accumulation of the achievements that have been accomplished, and it seeks to achieve five main goals, the first of which is the contribution of the global coalition to establishing, strengthening and accrediting national institutions and developing their capabilities on an ongoing basis, as well as protecting them when they are threatened.

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Doha:26 March 2022 HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and Chairperson of the Global Alliance of National […]

Doha:26 March 2022

HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and Chairperson of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah met with HE Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova.

During the meeting, which was held via videoconference, the two sides discussed the role of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner in providing international institutions with evidence-based information on the human rights situation in Ukraine, including the Independent International Commission of Inquiry, which was established by the Human Rights Council pursuant to resolution 49/1, adopted on March 4.

Denisova expressed Ukraine’s gratitude for the consistent support it has received from national human rights institutions in the region, and for providing and coordinating humanitarian assistance to those who need it.. noting that most of the reports received by the institution relate to humanitarian aid, safety of humanitarian corridors, the missing people and the economic rights, including the right to health, the right to housing, the right to sanitation and the right to food.

The Commission estimates that more than 3.5 million Ukrainian refugees have fled to neighboring countries since Feb. 24. The Commissioner works with the UN Human Rights Office, UN agencies, displaced community groups and partners to report on the human rights situation and coordinate in the form of humanitarian assistance needed.

Since the beginning of the crisis, the Commissioner has been documenting and reporting violations, including on the right to life and security, investigating reports of missing persons, and monitoring the status of prisoners of war in detention.

The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions had submitted a statement to the Human Rights Council in the urgent debate on Ukraine, expressing its grave concern about the state of emergency in Ukraine. The Alliance called for an end to hostilities and respect for international human rights and international humanitarian law, and urged and immediate, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to all those in need.

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 Doha, 20 February 2022 A high-level delegation from the African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation has praised […]

 Doha, 20 February 2022

A high-level delegation from the African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation has praised the legislative reforms made by the State of Qatar with regard to labor laws and best related practices as part of its continuous efforts to promote and protect the rights of migrant workers.

The delegation praised, during a press conference today at the conclusion of a two-day visit, the reforms related to the sponsorship system, housing, freedom to change the employer and setting a minimum wage, as well as the abolition of the exit permit, the establishment of a committee for the settlement of labor disputes and other reforms made by the State of Qatar to labor laws.

The delegation added that the Qatari reforms included standards and requirements related to health and safety at work sites and anywhere, especially in light of high temperatures, hailing the Qatar visa centers abroad, which the State of Qatar has begun to establish in a number of labor-exporting countries to ensure and protect workers’ rights. “This initiative led to the signing of work contracts in Qatar visa centers before migrant workers leave their countries,” it said.

The delegation also commended the State of Qatar’s firm commitment to cooperation with member states of the African Union, as a means to further promote fair employment for more African immigrants.

The delegation hoped that Qatar would continue its preparations to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 successfully, expressing confidence that the process of reforms in the labor market would continue after the World Cup, and that it would serve as a real legacy that contributes to achieving the decent work agenda that can be shared and enjoyed by all, including migrant workers.

The delegation added that there are some challenges that the Qatari government is working to overcome in order to further improve the work environment. It said, “Despite the challenges, it is gratifying that the Qatari government confirms that efforts are continuing to meet the challenges, and there is still room for improvement, and this is a position that reflects humility and idealism.”

In response to journalists’ questions, Ayuba Wabba, President of the International Trade Union Confederation and Chairman of the Nigerian Labor Confederation, the largest trade union organization in Africa, expressed his great appreciation for the reform path pursued by the State of Qatar, referring to the various paths included in the reforms. He added: “What distinguishes these reforms is that they are multi-sectoral, continuous and reinforced by a legislative system that guarantees sustainability and effectiveness, and we are certain that the State of Qatar is a safe working environment and we encourage African workers to work in this country.”

He stressed that the State of Qatar has become a role model in the region, saying: “There is a distinct legal system and positive practices, and this makes the State of Qatar a model for countries in the region to embark on reforms that guarantee a decent life for workers.”

The delegation met a number of officials in the Ministry of Labor, the Shura Council, representatives of a number of relevant authorities and the National Human Rights Committee. It also visited many work and construction sites, and met with migrant workers, especially from Africa, interacted with them and familiarized themselves with their working conditions.

“Through these visits and interactions, we are confident that the reforms are real and implemented, and the Qatari government is working to overcome some challenges,” the delegation said.

The delegation also visited the Afghan Refugee Center, praising in this context the humanitarian efforts of the State of Qatar regarding Afghanistan, saying, “What the State of Qatar is doing is a strong show of solidarity and a practical affirmation of Qatar’s commitment to our common humanity.”

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Djibouti, February 07,2022 HE Executive Director of the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions (ANNHRI) Sultan bin Hassan Al […]

Djibouti, February 07,2022

HE Executive Director of the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions (ANNHRI) Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali stressed the need for the financial and administrative independence of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and the ANNHRI’s commitment to implement its tasks to raise its capabilities to carry out its role in accordance with the Paris Principles of 1993.

During his current visit to Djibouti and meetings with a number of officials and institutions concerned, Al Jamali said that the Doha-based ANNHRI is keen that the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH) in Djibouti bases its work on independence, pluralism, and transparency, which will enable it to see a major role in the process of promoting these rights.

In his meeting with HE Djibouti’s Speaker of the National Assembly Mohamed Ali Houmed, Secretary-General of the Cabinet Secretariat Najib Mohamed, and President of the National Commission of Human Rights in Djibouti Saleban Omar Aden, he stressed the important role of the Council in amending the law establishing the Djiboutian National Commission, in line with the Paris Principles, and expressed the network’s full support for all the efforts of the government and civil society organizations in this regard.

He also stressed the importance of governmental financial support for the National Commission for Human Rights in Djibouti, as one of the most important conditions for establishing national institutions, in addition to granting it financial and administrative independence to perform its advisory role for state institutions with impartiality.

He said that the Arab Network is keen for Arab national institutions to have a high level of independence, which qualifies them to obtain the highest rating in the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).

Al Jamali was briefed on the challenges and obstacles facing the National Committee in Djibouti, stressing the need to develop an action plan to raise the capabilities of its technical and professional staff.

In press statements, he reviewed the tasks of the network, which includes 15 national institutions in the Arab region, in terms of supporting it and raising its capabilities to qualify it for an ‘A’ classification within the national institutions that are members of the GANHRI, and in accordance with their compliance with the Paris Principles.

For his part, the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Djibouti praised the role of the Arab Network in promoting, protecting, and strengthening human rights in the Arab region, stressing the council’s keenness to provide legal support to the Djibouti National Commission, and recently establishing in this regard a human rights committee affiliated to him, in his belief of the importance of enabling independent human rights work in Djibouti


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Cairo, December 21 Based in Doha, the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions organized ‘Mohammed Faiq 2’ session on […]

Cairo, December 21

Based in Doha, the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions organized ‘Mohammed Faiq 2’ session on the human rights system and the establishment of national human rights institutions and their roles, in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, which will continue until Dec. 23.

In her opening speech during the training session, HE Chairperson of the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah said that this session came in the name of Mohammed Faiq, in recognition of his significant role with the heads, trustees and members of Arab human rights institutions in establishing and supporting the Arab Network since its establishment to this day.

HE Al Attiyah called on the participants in the session to commit to their duties towards advocating human rights issues in general, especially the Arab Palestinian cause, and work to support them to end the injustice and racial persecution and violations practiced against them by the Israeli occupation.

Her Excellency emphasized the importance of combating violations and discriminatory and racist ideas, including the enslavement of peoples in all its means.

For his part, the Executive Director of the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali said that the aim of the establishment of the annual ‘Mohammed Faiq’ session on human rights is to build and raise the capabilities of new cadres working in the field of human rights, to be a foundational course and an entry point through which trainees can learn about a number of human rights fields and an incentive to develop their capabilities, skills and behaviors.

He noted that the Arab Network works diligently and persistently to build and raise capacities and professional skills, and change behaviors and attitudes in a ways that contributes to strengthening the capabilities of human rights defenders targeted in its programs, in addition to enhancing their capabilities and the capabilities of their affiliates to promote and protect human rights.

 

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Doha, November 29 The Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions, based in Doha, organized today a conference, on the […]

Doha, November 29

The Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions, based in Doha, organized today a conference, on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, in cooperation with the Independent Commission for Human Rights – ICHR in the State of Palestine.

The conference aims to shed light on the systematic violations of Palestinian human rights by the occupation authorities in the occupied Palestinian territories, and to identify steps and mechanisms to confront them in the future to embody, activate and strengthen international solidarity.

The conference was attended by heads, activists and representatives of national institutions that are members of the Arab Network, as well as some partner organizations, in addition to activists and representatives of international institutions and solidarity groups with the Palestinian people.

In his opening speech during the conference, the Executive Director of the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali, stressed that there is no cause in the world more rightful like the Palestinian cause.

He said that this is supported by dozens of resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council, but the occupation still exists and continues with its settlement plan, which aims to rob the rest of historic Palestine, to make the two-state solution impossible.

He also indicated that the unification of the Palestinians would enable them to determine their own destiny and would give the international decisions their executive force in restoring rights and building an independent and sovereign Palestinian state, calling for the need to enhance freedom of expression and acceptance of the other opinion and renounce hate speech, enhance freedom of assembly and association, strengthen democracy and share power and combat hate speech.

During the conference the Head of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) and Permanent Representative of Senegal to the United Nations Cheikh Niang gave a video speech on the inalienable Palestinian rights.

He explained that the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) stated, despite all the decisions and efforts made by the international community, the Palestinian issue is still unresolved, as Israel continues its occupation by expanding its illegal settlements in addition to confiscating property and buildings and displacing of Palestinian families, warning that these practices would perpetuate instability.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is an opportunity to remind the peoples and member states of the United Nations General Assembly of their obligations towards the Palestinian people to end the Israeli occupation of the occupied territories in 1967, to implement international legitimacy resolutions related to the Palestinian issue.

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Doha, November 15 The Doha-based Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions organized today a conference on introducing Mendez Principles, […]

Doha, November 15

The Doha-based Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions organized today a conference on introducing Mendez Principles, in cooperation with the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT).

The conference aimed to train members and cadres of national human rights institutions to raise their capacities in educational programs with the police and detention monitoring with the aim of publishing the principles document and exploring how to monitor, and use the principles in monitoring and in the dialogue with authorities, as well as promoting constructive dialogue with national human rights institutions on the principles, especially regarding the role of these institutions in disseminating and raising awareness of the document.

In this regard, the Executive Director of the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali, explained that the issue of receiving complaints, monitoring and visiting places of detention is one of the first priorities of the national human rights institutions that are members of the Arab Network.

He pointed out that the network in its training activities worked to raise the capacities of member institutions in the areas that enable them to carry out their role in combating and preventing torture.

He added that the network worked to clarify concepts, the most important of which is the approach to security and human rights, and the challenges of achieving security within the framework of protecting human rights, indicating that the network participated in organizing more than one international conference and event in this regard.

He stressed that all conferences organized by the network emphasized the right not to be subjected to torture, suggesting steps and making recommendations, plans to prevent torture and to obtain a fair trial, and to enhance public freedoms in the Arab region, saying, that these principles provide a new vision on effective interviews for investigations and information gathering, which it gives states solutions to move away from criminal justice systems based on confessions, thereby reducing the risks of coercion, and torture.

Al Jamali also mentioned that the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions will place among its priorities for the coming years the issue of raising the capacities of national institutions in preventing and monitoring torture, visiting places of detention, cooperating with conventional and non-conventional mechanisms in this regard, and submitting reports to them.

At the same time, he expressed the network’s openness to cooperation with the Association for the Prevention of Torture, its partners, and all stakeholders regarding this issue and all areas of human rights, which contributes to the promotion and protection of human rights and the preservation of human dignity.

The conference, which was held remotely, dealt with a number of themes, including the main characteristics and elements of the principles, the main elements of the principles and its added value for law enforcement officials, and the role of national human rights institutions with regard to the principles.

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Upon his meeting with the First Deputy of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council, Dr. Al-Marri congratulates Sudan on its election […]

Upon his meeting with the First Deputy of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council, Dr. Al-Marri congratulates Sudan on its election as a member of the Human Rights Council for 2021 as a representative of the African group

March 15, 2021

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, Vice President and Secretary General of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions pointed to the need for the transitional government to provide the necessary support to civil society organizations. Dr. Al-Marri congratulated Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, First Vice President of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council and Commander of the Rapid Support Forces on the occasion of the election of Sudan to the Human Rights Council, representing the African Group for the year 2021, stressing at the same time that this election imposes on Sudan great obligations in line with the confidence of the international community in general and the African group in particular.

This came during the first meeting of General Dagalo with Dr. Ali bin Smaikh today in his office at the headquarters of the transitional government. The Secretary-General of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions praised Sudan’s accession to the “Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment” and “The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance”. Al Marri welcomed the decision to establish the Commission’s Steering Committee and stressed the commitment of the Global Alliance to support Sudan in all areas of human rights. Al Marri called for the establishment of a dialogue between the Sudanese government and the Global Alliance. At the same time, he stressed that the transitional phase requires the concerted efforts of all governmental efforts side by side with the efforts of civil society organizations in order to advance human rights.

Dr. Al-Marri called for the development of a national strategy for human rights that would be the basic building block for achieving democracy, justice and the rule of law. Al Marri welcomed the lifting of economic sanctions on Sudan and said: These sanctions had serious repercussions on the enjoyment of basic human rights and called on the international community to accelerate arrangements and procedures related to lifting the economic blockade. Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri participated with Lieutenant General Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo at the conclusion of the project to raise the capabilities of regular forces and law enforcement officials on international standards for the protection of human rights organized by the Geneva Institute for Human Rights for the benefit of the Rapid Support Forces, noting that the Global Alliance for Human Rights looks forward to cooperation and communication with Sudanese institutions and with all stakeholders in Sudan. Al Marri said: We will be at the disposal of Sudan and its people. He thanked His Excellency the First Vice President for his invitation to participate in the conclusion of the project and for his efforts. He also thanked all officials in the state, civil society organizations and all stakeholders, pointing out that this project falls within the issue of strengthening and raising the capabilities of government agencies and civil society organizations. The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions in Geneva welcomes this initiative again, calling for an intensification of such courses, which greatly contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights. In his meeting with civil society organizations at the headquarters of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner in Sudan, which witnessed wide participation from civil society, activists and human rights defenders, Al-Marri stressed the need to engage civil society organizations in all dialogues related to the law establishing the National Commission for Human Rights in Sudan and called for supporting civil society organizations, building relationships with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and building solid relationships with the Commission in this regard.

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Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, extended a message of support to the European […]

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, extended a message of support to the European network of national human rights institutions in his capacity as Secretary-General and Acting President of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, in support of the role of NHRIs to promote and protect human rights in situations of (post-) conflict.

Dr. Ali pointed out that National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) can play a key role in preventing conflicts and ensuring respect for human rights and their protection, both in conflict and post-conflict situations; where NHRIs serve a unique independent bridging role, between the state, rights-holders and affected communities, that encourages the ratification of international human rights instruments and the development of national legislation and policies. We, as NHRIs are able to conduct investigations, act as mediators, monitor, document and report violations, allowing us to function as an early warning mechanism. Through these actions, NHRIs can and will promote human rights education and training within all sectors of society, supporting the development of a vibrant civil society and the respect for human rights and the rule of law. All of which, will in turn give a voice to the voiceless and provide assistance to victims in access to justice and reparations.

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri reviewed the efforts of national institutions to strengthen their capabilities; In 2015, the Kyiv Declaration has been signed by NHRIs at the International Conference on the Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations; which set out objectives for the promotion and protection of human rights, both in conflict and post-conflict situations. Two years later, in 2017, Nations Human Rights Institutions have gathered at the GANHRI Annual Meeting to discuss the role of NHRIs in early warning, prevention of conflicts and re-establishing peaceful societies; they have reaffirmed the critical importance of NHRIs’ role before, during, and after conflicts. There is a consensus among NHRIs that during conflict and post-conflict situations, it is a challenge to apply their mandates in that context, and can themselves fall victims to threats or attacks that can endanger their staff, the independence of the institution, and its very integrity.

Dr. Al Marri stated that GANHRI, along with its four regional networks and global partners, including through the Tri-Partite-Partnership (TPP) with UNDP and OHCHR, work together to support NHRIs in conflict and post-conflict situations in order to strengthen their capacities, serve as a knowledge broker, while providing platforms for exchanges with and among NHRIs across all regions, and protect NHRIs from reprisals or providing a coordinated response to such acts. Al Marri added in these unprecedented times, online platforms will serve as a place to gather your experience and expertise. Not only will it allow us to discuss how NHRIs approach conflict, warn of signs of conflict that prevent violations and re-establish a peaceful society by applying the Paris Principles. It will also enable us to discuss the challenges to the protection and promotion of human rights worldwide resulting from situations of tension, instability, violence and conflict, both at the domestic and international levels.

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All people in all countries should have the benefit of having a strong and independent NHRI 78 countries in several […]

All people in all countries should have the benefit of having a strong and independent NHRI

78 countries in several regions have not achieved compliance of their NHRIs with the Paris Principles

GANHRI emphasized that the existence of an independent, Paris Principles compliant NHRIs is also an indicator to measure states’ progress under Goal 16 of the SDGs. In the Statement of the Global Alliance of National Institutions (GANHRI) Before the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, in discussion of Items 2 and 8, Dr. Al Marri emphasized that NHRI that can protect and promote their human rights, and ensure that they can operate in a safe and enabling environment.

Al Marri added we encourage states to establish or strengthen NHRIs where they already exist and look forward to working with them and to continue supporting our members NHRIs in building strength and growth, whilst defending their protection. GANHRI and the four NHRI regional networks support the establishment of NHRIs where they do not yet exist and contribute to the continuous capacity development of NHRIs to enhance their effectiveness. We do so in close coordination and in partnership with the UN.

Strong and well-resourced NHRIs play a critical role in assisting states meet their international human rights obligations, and in realizing the SDGs. This role and their guiding authority has been critical also and especially during the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency crisis.

Dr. Al Marri extended thanks and gratitude to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres for the reports on NHRIs, and stated that As documented in the Secretary-General’s report, NHRIs are engaged in a range of monitoring, advisory, and reporting activities, and play an important role in holding states for upholding human rights in their COVID-19 responses, pointing out that In 2019, 40% of member states have achieved compliance of their NHRIs with the Paris Principles, progress in 78 countries across several regions remains overdue, as has been noted by the Secretary General in his 2020 SDG progress report.

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