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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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(The Statement) The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar welcomes the decision of the ILO Governing Council […]

(The Statement)

The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar welcomes the decision of the ILO Governing Council to drop the complaint filed against the State of Qatar.

The National Human Rights Committee stresses that the positive steps taken by the State of Qatar and the measures taken to protect and promote the rights of workers have greatly contributed to set things right.

In this context, the National Committee appreciates all the efforts made by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs and its fruitful and constructive cooperation with the ILO.

The Committee also urges the continuation of technical cooperation with the International Labor Organization and to foster and enhance this cooperation in the future to implement all international principles and standards related to the right to work and the rights of workers “in particular”, thus contributing to the full and complete protection and promotion of these rights in the State of Qatar.

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The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) celebrated the Qatari Human Rights Day in the Cultural Village (Katara) with the participation […]

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) celebrated the Qatari Human Rights Day in the Cultural Village (Katara) with the participation of many Qatari institutions.
In a press statement, Ms. Maryam Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the Committee said, “We celebrate the Qatari Human Rights Day, which coincides with the date of the establishment of the Committee on November 11, 2002,”. Al-Attiyah noted that the decision to establish the Committee achieved a qualitative leap in the promotion and protection of human rights in Qatar, pointing out that although the culture of human rights was inherent in the Qatari people’s creed, traditions and customs, the establishment of the Committee was a catalyst for further protection and promotion of this important aspect. Al Attiyah added that the Committee celebrates the Qatari Day to remind of all the achievements of the State in this regard and to encourage society and institutions to do more to promote the human rights culture, which has become a real measure of the extent of civilization of countries and societies.
Al Attiyah also pointed out that the celebration of the Qatari Human Rights Day is exceptional this year, especially in light of the efforts exerted by the Committee to uncover the human rights violations resulting from the blockade imposed on the State of Qatar, and the great success achieved in this regard, along with the return and the great international gains and unlimited response to the issue of those affected by the blockade.
Al-Atiyyah said that this year’s celebration is marked by many useful activities in which we gave a special attention to the educational aspect. The celebration started at four o’clock with competitions that take a large part of it. The institutions participating in the ceremony also presented several activities related to the promotion of human rights culture.
Mr. Abdullah Al Kaabi, Director of Legal Affairs at the Committee, said that the celebration of the Qatari Day represents an annual stand with what has been achieved and with the efforts exerted by the Committee during this year to achieve its vision and mission in the community. He added that the celebration is an occasion to measure the progress of the Committee regionally and internationally.
Mr. Al Kaabi added, “Since its establishment, the National Human Rights Committee has made significant contributions in the field of human rights and has become very prominent in the Arab region. It has also forged partnerships with international organizations and organized several conferences that discussed the most important issues in the region and the role that national human rights institutions could play at time of crisis to reduce any humanitarian violations of peoples.” He explained that such international and regional moves have credited the National Human Rights Committee with the trust of the international community, to the extent that most international organizations, especially the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), depend on the reports of the Committee to know everything related to human rights issues in the region.
Mr. Abdullah Al Mahmoud, Head of Public Relations Unit, said: “The National Human Rights Committee has dedicated recreational activities for children with an educational nature on the principles of human rights.” He pointed out that many institutions and centers in Qatar participated in the celebration, such as: Qatar Social work, represented by Aman Center, Wefaq Center, Dreama Center, Best Buddies Center, Ehsan Center, Al-Shafallah Center and Nama Center, as well as the participation of: United Nations Training and Documentation Center, Qatar Charity Association, Traffic Department, Jeem Channel, Ministry of Health through the Blood Donation Unit, Qatar Voluntary Center, Mental Health Friends Association (WEYAK), the Productive Families Development Department, Noor Institute for the Blind, and Education Above-all Foundation). The participation of these institutions enriched the celebration. Mr. Al Mahmoud added, “This wide participation confirmed the interdependence of state institutions and the commonalities that combine them.” He pointed out that all the participants in the celebration are characterized by their mission of important humanitarian issues summarizing the vision of the National Human Rights Committee in the promotion and establishment of a culture of human rights in society. He noted that, in recent years, the National Human Rights Committee had been keen to have the celebration in the open, so that participation would be accessible to all categories of society and would result in more positive interaction with its activities.

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Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, president of Qatar National Human Rights Committee, said that despite the international mobilization against the […]

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, president of Qatar National Human Rights Committee, said that despite the international mobilization against the blockade on Qatar and the great response to the humanitarian situation raised by the National Human Rights Committee, the blockading countries are only toughening their blockade and deliberately prolonging it. Al Marri added, “The humanitarian crisis in the Gulf region has long been overdue, and only people are affected. It is time for urgent legal action to pursue those responsible for violations caused by the blockade, whether they are individuals or institutions.” This came during a meeting with a number of representatives of Italian human rights organizations and media institutions in the Italian capital, Rome, in the presence of Ambassador Abdul Aziz Ahmed Al Malki, Qatar’s Ambassador to Italy, on the sidelines of his participation in the symposium organized by the Italian Institute for Political and International Studies (ISPI). A number of Italian organizations, media and writers, took part in the meeting, including Professor Julio Lana, President of the Legal Union for the Protection of Human Rights; HE Francesco Rossi, Secretary-General of the Union Fund for the Protection of Human Rights; Mr. Mario Miellello, Secretary-General of the Legal Union for Human Rights; Mr. Gore Josancny, journalist at RAI TV, and HE Dr. Vittorio Lungi, journalist and consultant at the International Labor Organization.
Al-Marri stressed that the National Human Rights Committee has formed through its contacts a network of great supporters to the victims of the blockade, revealing the direction of the National Committee to establish an international coalition to combat the effects of the blockade on civilians and punish those who violate the basic rights of civilians.
Al Marri added: “The countries of the blockade imposed the blockade on the citizens of the Gulf and violated their basic rights more than blockading the State of Qatar, whose officials confirmed the stability of the situation in the political and economic tracks.” He pointed out that there is no intention of the blockade countries to end this humanitarian crisis, but they are actually threatening to prolong it with placing more sanctions on civilians. Dr. Al-Marri stressed that the National Human Rights Committee is considering other options to lift the injustice off citizens and residents in Qatar.
Al-Marri explained that the National Human Rights Committee monitors all speeches by officials of the blockade countries in preparation for submitting them to the international human rights mechanisms in order to determine responsibility. Al Marri added, “There are movements by the countries of the blockade for funded campaigns to justify the violations and to cause tragedies upon civilians. Those campaigns did not convince anyone; on the contrary, they just received more international condemnation.” He asked: “How is it possible to organize conferences and fund campaigns to justify violations of human rights?” “We have a critical precedent in promoting violations and cracking down on activists and human rights organizations.”

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