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Geneva: 11 March 2022 The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) chose Chairman of the National Human Rights […]

Geneva: 11 March 2022

The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) chose Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah as President of GANHRI for the next three years, succeeding Dr. Carlos Alfonso Negret.

During the meeting, HE Al Attiyah thanked the trust placed in her, stressing her commitment to carrying out her duties transparently. She also reiterated her commitment to supporting human rights institutions that are facing challenges as a result of humanitarian crises and wars.

Her Excellency expressed her hope that she will be a contributing factor in supporting the successes achieved by the alliance, and that it will be honest in the service of national human rights institutions, calling on member of national institutions to work together hand in hand for greater rapprochement and exchange of views on the development of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions human rights, to serve the goals of national human rights institutions.

In the first meeting under her chairmanship, she said that digital technology has become an important communication tool and the most influential in that regard. She added that this development places great responsibility on national human rights institutions to enhance the protection of human rights.

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Geneva:07 March 2022 The activities of a 5-day “Human Rights and Football” exhibition, organized by the National Human Rights Committee […]

Geneva:07 March 2022

The activities of a 5-day “Human Rights and Football” exhibition, organized by the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), have started today, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations in Geneva, on the sidelines of the 49th session of the Human Rights Council.

The opening of the exhibition at the headquarters of the Human Rights Council was attended by a group of representatives of diplomatic missions, ambassadors, representatives of international organizations and countries participating in the current session of the Council. The exhibition includes paintings portrays concepts of human rights in football, as well as models of the World Cup stadiums for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

HE Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali stressed, in a statement, that choosing Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup was a good occasion to consider the process of integrating human rights concepts into major sporting events, noting that the idea of the “Human Rights and Football” exhibition came in this context, for which the paintings were drawn by the Qatari artist Ahmed Al Maadheed.

Al Jamali added that this exhibition wasn’t just paintings and aesthetic dimensions, but rather standards for the preservation and protection of human rights, with regard to sport, which have been translated into paintings that address humanity in its various languages and cultures, stressing at the same time that the National Human Rights Committee was looking into Sport as comprehensive goals regardless of gain or loss.

He added that they paid a lot of attention to make sport one of the basics for promoting human development and safety, in line with the third goal of the sustainable development goals, which is to ensure that everyone enjoys healthy lifestyles and safety at all ages.

The Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee indicated that sport shares many basic goals and values with human rights principles, pointing out that the Olympic Charter aims to make sport a means for the harmonious development of humankind in order to create a peaceful society concerned with preserving human dignity.

He indicated that the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace stressed that well-organized sports activities that shows the best sports values in discipline, mutual respect, sportsmanship and teamwork, can all contribute to the integration of societal groups and help educate individuals about the values necessary for social peace.

Al Jamali also stressed the ability of sport to promote social development by changing perceptions of people with disabilities and providing them with the opportunity to participate in sport and integrate them into their societies. Many of the basic principles contained in international human rights conventions and covenants. He noted that the exhibition boards also express the opposition to violence in stadiums, racial discrimination and racist expressions that may be issued by some fans against the players.

Al Jamali also stressed the ability of sport to promote social development by changing perceptions about people with disabilities and providing them with the opportunity to participate in sport and integrate them into their societies. He said that in this context, the National Human Rights Committee organized this exhibition, which includes paintings that reflect the meanings of human rights in football, and embody many of the basic principles contained in international human rights conventions and covenants, noting that the exhibition’s paintings portray also the opposition to violence in stadiums, racial discrimination and racist expressions that may be uttered by some fans against the players.

For her part, Acting Charge d’Affaires at the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations in Geneva Jowhara bint Abdulazziz Al Suwaidi stressed the close relationship between football and human rights, noting that the exhibition’s paintings present key messages about the basic principles of human rights in terms of their association with football and promotion of sports values such as respect for diversity and tolerance.

She expressed, in a press statement, her hope that these messages related to the interrelationships between football and human rights would spread as widely as possible, adding: “While we celebrate the countdown to the opening of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, our enthusiasm and anticipation increase to witness this special event that will be hosted by the Arab region for the first time. We are fully confident that history will witness one of the best tournaments ever and will provide moments that the participants will not forget.”

Meanwhile, Special Advisor to Deputy Director General for Field Operations and Partnerships, International Labor Organization, Giovanni Di Cola, noted that the State of Qatar has made great progress with regard to labor reforms, ruling out that football was the one that was able to push forward these reforms.

He stressed that the State of Qatar has made efforts to ensure that labor legislation is in line with international conventions, pointing out that they must congratulate it on dealing particularly in a decisive way at all times.

He said that all the time in Doha, there was work with labor organizations and the government to make sure that Labor issues are dealt with as they arise, stressing that what is happening in Qatar in terms of reforms is not happening in many countries.

With regard to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Di Cola said that the commitment of the Qatari government to social justice will remain, pointing out that this is not something that will end with the end of the World Cup, but it will continue beyond that, expressing thanks to the government of Qatar for these efforts.

For his part, HE Chief of the Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa Branch of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Francesco Motta, said that major tournaments such as the World Cup are not just celebrations, but bring prestige to the countries that host them, as well as bring with them a kind of scrutiny, especially in issues related to human rights.

He noted that the government of the State of Qatar has set a positive example in this regard, and has worked to improve workers’ rights through stronger legislation and strengthening cooperation with the International Labor Organization, which has led to respect for the rights of all workers in Qatar.

Motta added that they are sure that the State of Qatar will welcome the whole world in this important event, as from a human rights perspective, the tournament should be held in a safe manner that supports and promotes human rights.

He said that the importance of sport has emerged widely through the great turnout during the Covid-19 pandemic and the importance of sport for physical safety and mental health, noting that the World Health Organization confirmed that lack of physical activity is the cause of one of the major diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

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Doha:06 March 2022 The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has resumed its awareness campaign ‘Together We Work, You Have A […]

Doha:06 March 2022

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has resumed its awareness campaign ‘Together We Work, You Have A Right You Have A Duty’ which comes within the framework of implementing the committee’s work strategy aimed at enhancing awareness of workers’ rights and duties, and spreading a culture of human rights in general.

The campaign, which deals with the axes of “health, working hours, rest times, adequate housing, and occupational safety”, was halted last January as part of the precautionary measures taken in light of the increasing cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

In this context, the Head of the Public Relations Unit of the National Human Rights Committee Abdullah Ali Al Mahmoud, stressed in statements the importance of this campaign, which targets an important segment of society that plays a major role in advancing the development process in the country, whether employers or workers, noting that from this standpoint, the National Human Rights Committee attaches great importance to the issues of workers and employers alike, with the aim of consolidating human rights principles, translating them on the ground in various fields of work, and contributing to overcoming all obstacles that prevent the various parties from enjoying full and undiminished rights.

Al Mahmoud pointed out that the campaign focuses on important axes that include all aspects related to employers and workers, which will be introduced and discussed by specialists, noting that the Qatari labor law guarantees all professional and social rights for workers, as well as the rights of employers in accordance with a contractual relationship between the two parties.

NHRC in cooperation with Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), will also organize educational and awareness-raising events in health centers for workers managed by QRCS.

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Doha:05 March 2022 HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah underlined the State […]

Doha:05 March 2022

HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah underlined the State of Qatar’s adherence to international commitments and the Paris Agreement on reducing carbon emissions, and to and strengthening its initiatives in the field of climate change mitigation and environmental sustainability efforts.

This came in statements on the occasion of the NHRC participation in the initiative of the Ministry of Municipality to plant one million trees, and HE the Chairperson’s planting of tree No. 750 under the name “National Human Rights Committee”.

HE Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah underlined the importance of trees in the ecosystem and on human health, noting that the NHRC participation in the initiative contributes directly to the consolidation of the concepts of caring for the environment for its positive contributions to create a healthy life and a healthy society.

HE stressed the need to continue the existing efforts to raise awareness and environmental education, and join hands in this regard with the concerned authorities to raise societal awareness for a “green Qatar”.

HE the NHRC Chairperson commended the UN Human Rights Committee’s adoption of a resolution recognizing that the enjoyment of a healthy and sustainable environment is a universal right, while calling on all countries to work together to make this achievement a reality.

She noted that recognizing the right to a healthy environment at the global level will support the efforts to address environmental crises in a more coordinated and effective manner, help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, provide stronger protection for rights and people who defend the environment, and create a world that enables harmony with nature.

For his part, HE Deputy Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari said that the NHRC will take care of this tree which bears its name, as it is a symbol of the right to the environment, stressing that the launch of such an initiative by the National Human Rights Committee comes at the heart of its interest in the environment and its belief in the need to preserve its natural resources and expand the green area, stemming from its social responsibility and community partnership to raise the environmental and health awareness.

Dr. Al Kuwari highlighted Qatar’s commitment to the environment and its ratification of all relevant international agreements, and then its implementation and submission of an annual report on the environment and climate to the United Nations; adding that the NHRC will plant more than 2,000 trees distributed all over the country.

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Cairo : 27 February 2022 HE President of the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions Maryam bint Abdullah Al […]

Cairo : 27 February 2022

HE President of the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah held meetings with heads and representatives of national human rights institutions participating in the international conference organized by Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee and the Arab Network on “International Solidarity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”, in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

HE Al Attiyah met with HE Speaker of the Arab Parliament Adel Al Assoumi, HE Director of the Human Rights Department of the Arab League Mounir El Fassi, HE Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Egypt Elena Panova, HE Director of Human Rights Department at the Gulf Cooperation Council Abdullah Al Ajmi, Chairman of the Organizations and International Relations Committee of Oman Human Rights Commission Sheikh Dr. Hilal bin Saeed Al-Shaidani, HE Electoral Program Advisor in the Arab countries and the United Nations Development Program Luis Martinez, and Chairman of the National Human Rights Authority in the UAE Dr. Maqsoud Kruse.

The meetings discussed aspects of cooperation in issues of common interest, activating mechanisms for transferring experiences and exchanging best practices in the process of protecting and promoting human rights, as well as the role of national human rights institutions in implementing and following up on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, and coordination mechanisms to achieve the conference’s recommendations on the ground.

The conference kicked off on Sunday with the participation of experts and representatives of all 15 national human rights institutions that are members of the Arab Network, representatives of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions and its Executive Office, and the secretariats of the four regional networks accredited by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, in addition to representatives of the Charter Committee and the Arab Institute for Human Rights, representatives of the Arab League and the host country, Egypt, as well as institutions and organizations of statistics and parliamentarians.

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Geneva, 24 February 2022 HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah called for […]

Geneva, 24 February 2022

HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah called for expanding joint work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, promoting more human rights culture, and investing in international sports forums hosted by the State of Qatar to promote human rights, as a pioneering experience of its kind that supports human rights and sports.

During a meeting with HE the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet at OHCHR headquarters in Geneva, HE Al Attiyah underlined that the NHRC looks forward to activating its long-established partnership with the Commission.

HE the NHRC Chairperson revealed that the Committee will organize an international conference in the coming months on “climate developments and human rights”. In this regard, HE called for joint work between the two sides before the conference in order to build capacities in the field of climate support activities, business and human rights, and to prepare joint training programs in this aspect.

HE the Chairperson praised the participation of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in organizing the International Solidarity Conference, which kicked off in Cairo today. The conference is organized by the National Human Rights Committee and the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions, in partnership with the National Council for Human Rights in the Arab Republic of Egypt, the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States and the United Nations Development Program.

HE Al Attiyah, in her capacity as Secretary-General and Vice-President of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, stressed the importance of advancing the partnership between the Alliance and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; carrying out joint activities between the two sides for the benefit of national institutions across the world; and forming a coordinating committee between the Commission and the Alliance to develop a plan for this purpose. She called for holding a permanent annual meeting between the President of the Global Alliance and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to determine the agenda of supporting the capabilities of national institutions that are members of the Alliance, and to encourage national institutions based on the Paris Principles and international standards that qualify them to perform their role to the fullest.

In a related context, HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah met with HE Chief of the Special Procedures Branch of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Beatriz Balbin. During the meeting, HE Al Attiyah emphasized the support of the National Human Rights Committee and its full cooperation with international and regional mechanisms concerned with the promotion and protection of human rights, the most important of which are the mechanisms of special procedures and private rapporteurs.

HE Al Attiyah said that the NHRC cooperates with the special rapporteurs directly, and responds to all reports and questionnaires about the human rights situation in Qatar. She noted the participation of the National Human Rights Committee and its interaction with the reports and letters of the special rapporteurs.

She added that the NHRC, as part of its advisory role, encourages the government of the State of Qatar to extend invitations to more special rapporteurs; praising the State’s response and opening its doors to all special rapporteurs and working groups to visit it without any reservations, to monitor on the ground the human rights conditions that fall within their competence.

In a related context, HE the NHRC Chairperson reviewed the role of the Committee in preparing parallel reports (shadow reports) to the treaty committees, in which it reports viewpoints that are independent of those presented by the government of Qatar in its national reports.

During her visit to the headquarters of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah met with Chief of the Middle East and North Africa Section at OHCHR Ali Alnsour; and Chief of the Methodology Education and Training Section at OHCHR Francesca Marotta. During the meetings, HE Al Attiyah discussed ways to enhance cooperation and organize joint training courses through the cooperation of the National Human Rights Committee with the UN Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre in Doha.

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Doha, 21 February 2022 The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and the Doha-based Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions, […]

Doha, 21 February 2022

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and the Doha-based Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions, announced an international conference on the international solidarity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, to be held in the capital Cairo on Feb. 27 and 28.

The conference will be held in cooperation with the National Council for Human Rights in Egypt, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, in the presence of experts and representatives of all 15 national human rights institutions members of the Arab Network, the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions and other rights bodies and those concerned in human rights, and parliamentary and civil society affairs.

HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee and President of the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions, Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah, said the conference will discuss the issue of international solidarity and its relationship to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the centrality of Goal 16, and the relevant measures related to the promotion of human rights and the role of national institutions in this regard.

HE the NHRC Chairperson looked forward for the conference to come out with recommendations and an action plan to be followed up; and to form a working group of regulators and relevant stakeholders to achieve this.

She said that the action plan and the recommendations that will be issued by the conference would serve as a compass to guide national human rights institutions and promote their role to assume their responsibilities, in order to follow up and implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

HE the NHRC Chairperson noted added that the conference is expected to achieve a package of goals related to strengthening the role of national human rights institutions and enabling them to implement and follow up on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, encouraging international cooperation and solidarity to activate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development, as well as encouraging the government sector to integrate with stakeholders and to adopt an approach that includes the whole of society, thus accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

She reviewed the conference program and agenda, and the expected outcomes, including identifying opportunities for national human rights institutions to cooperate at the national and international levels in the follow-up and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, capacity-building, governance, human rights-based approaches, and other relevant outcomes.

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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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Brussels, February 19 HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah held meetings with […]

Brussels, February 19

HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah held meetings with a number of representatives and officials in the European Parliament and the European Union.

The meetings discussed issues related to the protection and promotion of human rights, as well as activating the partnership of the NHRC.

At the European Parliament, HE the NHRC Chairperson met with Vice-Presidents of the Parliament Eva Kaili, HE Chair of the Delegation for Relations with the Arabian Peninsula Marie Arena, HE Vice Chair of the Sports Group Marc Tarabella. At the European Union headquarters, HE the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee met with HE the EU Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore.

During her meeting with Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament Eva Kaili, HE Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah stressed the need to advance work systems in national human rights institutions and raise their capabilities by developing mechanisms and methods for receiving complaints and ways to resolve them, especially in light of the digital boom in the world.

She indicated that the National Human Rights Committee benefited greatly from the digital systems during the coronavirus pandemic, and continued to carry out its role in the process of awareness and receiving complaints electronically, noting that this experience affirmed the importance of dealing with digital systems in terms of speed of response.

Kaili is considered one of the leading MEPs addressing the digital revolution, and received the “European Award” for her work on the Digital Agenda for Europe.

In her meeting with the Chair of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights, HE the NHRC Chairperson praised the great partnership between the Committee and the European Parliament through the memorandum of understanding signed with the Subcommittee, noting that the National Human Rights Committee held several hearings and meetings at the Parliament headquarters within the framework of this partnership.

She stressed the Committee’s keenness on the State of Qatar to remain a good model in the region with regard to respecting and promoting workers’ rights in general, noting that the gradual reform process is the most successful strategy to overcome challenges. She also affirmed the Committee’s readiness to engage more with the Subcommittee through joint initiatives in the fields of research, studies, seminars and training courses, in order to improve work and skills.

She suggested organizing a joint training course at the NHRC headquarters for the staff and some employees of state agencies, on the work of European institutions and human rights policies in the European Union. HE the Chairperson also invited the Chair of European Parliament Subcommittee to visit Doha to learn about the legislative developments and their outcome for the protection and preservation of human rights.

The meeting highlighted the need to reconfirm the validity of the memorandum signed with the Subcommittee on Human Rights in April 2018, stressing its importance in bringing about development in the field of protection and promotion of human rights, and framing cooperation between the two sides.

Meanwhile, HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah met with HE Vice Chair of the Sports Group Marc Tarabella. The meeting noted the recent visit paid by a delegation headed by Tarabella to Doha in September, during which he praised Qatar’s peace efforts and its support for democracy and protection of the Afghan citizens; in addition to the great strides made by the State in the field of workers’ rights, in terms of security, safety and protection of their rights.

HE the NHRC Chairperson suggested holding an exhibition under the title “Human Rights and Sports” at the headquarters of the European Parliament in the coming months, similar to the exhibition “Human Rights in Islamic Culture” organized by the NHRC at the Parliament headquarters in the past years, which received a great turnout and wide participation by members of Parliament, as well as many representatives of international organizations and diplomatic missions in Brussels.

On the other hand, HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah reviewed with the EU Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore the strong partnership between the Committee and the Union, legislative developments in the Qatari labor law and important reforms in this regard.

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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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