Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the NHRC met at his office at the headquarters of the NHRC Mr. Juergen Trittin, Member of the German Parliament in presence of Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the NHRC. Both sides discussed building bridges of cooperation in issues of mutual concern and exchange of experiences and expertise on human rights mechanisms.Read More
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Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee met in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia Mr. Khalid Bahah, Vice- President and Prime Minister of the Yemeni Republic, in the presence of Mr. Ezzedine Alasbahi, Minister of Human Rights of Yemen. Both sides discussed ways to cooperate on issues of common concern and mechanisms to support the Ministry of Human Rights of Yemen through activating the memorandum of understanding signed between the two sides recently in Doha, providing technical advice in the areas of monitoring and documenting abuses in Yemen, and how to deal with files and international reports of human rights organizations, as well as strengthening capabilities of officials working in the ministry and providing support in the development of the best mechanisms to achieve transitional justice in Yemen.
During the meeting, Bahah discussed the serious and grave violations of international humanitarian law by the Houthi militias targeting civilians and their property, bombing hospitals and medical staff and enlisting children, he stressed the need to prosecute all perpetrators of those crimes and bring them to national and international courts. The High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on the United Nations to establish a committee to investigate those violations. Bahah also talked about the tragic humanitarian situation of the Yemeni people.
At the end of the meeting, the Vice-President Mr. Khalid Bahah, Prime Minister expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to the State of Qatar on the efforts made to support the just cause of the people of Yemen and alleviate their human suffering, he also expressed his gratitude to the National Human Rights Committee for the support and human rights efforts and relief to lift the injustice for the Yemeni people.Read More
HE Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Kuman, secretary general of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers received in Tunisia at the headquarters of the General Secretariat Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the NHRC. Both sides discussed aspects of cooperation in issues of mutual concern and the process of activating its mechanisms.Read More
Mr. Tayeb Baccouche, the Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, received in his office at the ministry Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the NHRC. Both sides ways of cooperation and transfer of experience in humanitarian affairs issues. The meeting was attended by Mr. Abdullah bin Nasser Hamidi, Ambassador of State of Qatar to the Republic of Tunisia.Read More
Mr. Mohsen Marzouk, the Political advisor to the President of the Republic of Tunisia, Secretary General of the Call of Tunisia secular party, welcomed Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the NHRC during his visit to the Republic of Tunisia, during which a series of important meetings shall be conducted. The meeting with Marzouk dealt with exchange of experiences and expertise in the field of human rights.
Al Marri also held another meeting with Mr. Mohamed Kamel Jendoubi, the Tunisian minister in charge of relations with constitutional institutions and civil society, The meeting discussed ways of cooperation in issues of interest.Read More
In a new initiative, The National Human Rights Committee opened offices for communities in the presence of Indian Ambassador, the Acting Nepalese Ambassador, and the Egyptian and the Philippine labor attaches in the state in addition to the heads of these communities and officials of the NHRC. The new offices have been opened at the headquarters of the NHRC for four communities including the Indian, Egyptian, Filipino and Nepalese communities.
Judge Fawaz Al Jtal, member of the NHRC, gave a speech on this occasion in which he stated that the opening of the communities offices came to reflect the realization and role of the NHRC in the promotion and protection of human rights, especially in the workers’ rights, pointing out that these offices shall act as a link between the NHRC and residents, and through which we look forward to a fruitful cooperation with the communities in the coming period.
Mr. Saad Al-Abdullah, head of international cooperation at the NHRC, stressed in a similar speech at the opening ceremony, promoting and protecting human rights is a key to the advance of societies. He added, As part of this mission, there was a long collaboration between the NHRC and the foreign communities in the country. At the NHRC, we aim at spreading awareness about human rights in a society characterized by the presence of a huge number of foreign workers in Qatar. Today we are here to celebrate the advancing of this collaboration to a new level by establishing a permanent community representatives offices of Egypt, Nepal, India, and the Philippines at the NHRC’s head office. This is just the first stage, as the NHRC looks forward to more offices for communities to be represented here. As some of you might know, this is an initiative that the NHRC has been developing for some time now, recognizing the importance of building bridges of communication with the various communities living in Qatar and contributing to its development. Those representatives who have been working long and hard with the NHRC, on their own time and volunteering to help their communities here in Qatar, now finally have a more official role and representation with the NHRC.
Abdullah pointed out that the NHRC works on a daily basis to receive, register and follow-up on all concerns that are brought to us. He added, we know that more can be done to obtain sources of information, reach out to those who have difficulty accessing the services available to them, whether due to working hours, transportation costs, language difficulties, legal fees or fear of raising a complaint. He expressed the hope in addressing such issues through the opening of the communities offices, calling for volunteers from the community representatives, who have been nominated by the embassies and communities, to support the continuation of the NHRC’s work in the protection of human rights, pointing out that these representatives will function as a communication channel with their respective community populations, reflecting the problems faced that members may face, and to suggest practical and creative approaches to solving these. He also added, These desks you see today are not simply desks, But they are also a symbol of NHRC’s openness to the constructive contributions of migrant communities in Qatar, and a commitment to a continued engagement with you. Their effectiveness will be determined by the individuals who are assigned to staff them, and the quality of the dialogue between them and the NHRC. we look forward to continued engagement with these volunteers, to raise through them the voices of their community in Qatar. We are positive about our success of our efforts to having a positive impact in improving the those workers.
The Indian Ambassador and Acting Nepalese embassy attaches labor Egyptian and Filipino welcomed opening of these offices and considered this initiative as a pioneering step for the benefit of foreign workers in the state in terms of protection of their rights, solving their problems, and processing of their complaints, they also praised the efforts of the NHRC and the permanent communication with embassies and officials of the communities in the state.
Mr. Sanjiv Arora, Ambassador of the Republic of India to the state stated in his speech “We welcome the opening of offices of Communities at the National Human Rights Committee and we appreciate this initiative and look forward to similar future initiatives by the state of Qatar for the benefit of expatriate workers.”
Mr. Mani Ratna Sharma, the Acting Nepalese Ambassador, stressed the importance of the opening of offices for the Communities at the headquarters of the NHRC and considered it a good step that shall have a good impact on the Nepalese labor in the State and the relations of friendship between his country and the State of Qatar. He added that Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee continuing communication with the communities in the state is important and vital, pointing out that there are about 400 thousand Nepalese working in Qatar.
the Labor Chancellor of the Egyptian Embassy in Qatar, Mr. Yasser Saeed, said that the establishment of offices of the communities of the National Human Rights Committee is a good leading initiative noting that it may be the first of its kind in the world. He expressed his satisfaction and happiness of this step, praising the continuous communion with the NHRC to consider any complaints concerning the workers. He said that the Egyptian community in Qatar estimated at about 200 thousand people.
Mr. Leopoldo De Jesus, labor attaché at the Embassy of the Philippines in the State, said in a statement on behalf of the Filipino community in Qatar, I would like to thank the National Human Rights Committee and welcome this initiative which emphasizes the extent of concern for the rights of workers in Qatar, solving their problems, and addressing any problems they may face.
Judge Fawaz Al Jtal, the four offices were opened due to the large number of members of these communities in Qatar. The National Human rights Committee was choosen to be the headquarters for these offices for more communication between the NHRC and the workers in the framework of the keenness of the NHRC for access to their rights as soon as possible. He pointed out that the opening of offices for workers in Qatar did not come by chance but after intense meeting with ambassadors and representatives of communities to solve the problems of workers, similar offices for other communities shall be opened in the near future.Read More
Judge Fawaz Al Jatal, member of the NHRC stress the keenness of the NHRC on rehabilitation of persons with special needs and their training to practice their electoral rights in terms of candidacy or election.
As part of the role of the Committee on monitoring elections of the NHRC, Al Jatal said in a lecture given to the Qatar Cultural and Social Center for the Deaf that the NHRC represented by the chairman, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri is ready to meet all the needs of persons with disabilities in all stages of the electoral process, facilitate their movement, and provide complete confidentiality of the voting process; the NHRC is a supervisory authority on the conduct of the electoral process in all its stages. Al Jatal added We do not want this group to distance themselves from society, however we want the electoral process and their participation to be a way to integrate them into the society because they are entitled to the same rights as other citizens. If a deaf citizen wants to stand as a candidate in elections, his program should not support a certain category, however It should serve all segments of society. Al Jatal calls on the need to learn to use sign language so that everyone understands the language which in turn facilitate communication and integration into the society. Al Jatal pointed out that political rights are inherent rights endorsed by the Constitution, they have not come all at once, however they passed through long stages of development. He called for the need to strengthen the rights and freedoms values in a democratic legal system, he added that the rights to vote and nomination is endorsed in the Qatari Constitution in Article 34 which stipulates that “all citizens are equal in public rights and duties” and Article 42 which stipulates that the State shall ensure the right of citizens to vote and to be elected in accordance with the Law. He is pointed out that the most important requirements that should be met in the candidate to be a Qatari national citizen, or has gained citizenship in Qatar for more than 15 years, to be over the age of 18, has no criminal record, unless rehabilitated, Not employed in the armed forces or police. He said that The deaf has specialized centers and constituencies so they can be provided with all their special needs.
Mr. Jaber Al Hwail, Director of the Legal Affairs Department at the NHRC stressed the NHRC’s cooperation with the Center for the Deaf through providing educational lectures and rehabilitation to candidates of the next election. He invited the center to visit the NHRC to get information about its role, terms of reference, receive lectures related to their rights and duties, and stated that the NHRC is ready to provide all their needs in rehabilitation and training. He said: We want you to be always prepared to fight the next election and strongly impose your sign language in your communities. He added: you should convince voters with programs they really in need of in their constituencies and get the support of sign language interpreters, and be sure voter vote on the basis of the services that can be provided to them not any other criteria.
Members of Qatar Cultural and Social Center for the Deaf have demanded submitting their recommendations to the competent authorities including the appointment of a seat in the municipal council so they can address the requirements of persons with special needs, and indicated that cannot at this stage stand as candidates until they are trained to prepare programs and develop plans and mechanisms to overcome the obstacle to communicate and convince voters with their ability to serve the community .Read More
The NHRC organized a specialized training course on strengthening capabilities of officials working in international cooperation departments in the field of human at its headquarters during the period from 5 to 7 May, 2015.
Participants represent international cooperation departments in various institutions in the State of Qatar; Sheikha Johara bint Mohammed Al Thani, director of programs and education department at the NHRC, stated in a press release that this session shall familiarize participants with international institutions working in the field of human rights, mechanisms of action, other relevant issues related to the work of the departments of international cooperation, and how to activate exchange and transfer of regional and international experiences and activities that help achieve the institutions objectives of the institutions they represent at the local level.
Sheikha Johara confirmed that such courses play a major role in the acquisition of practical knowledge that develop staff capabilities to work according to international standards in compatible with local legislation and international human rights laws while preserving the traditions and positive values of the society. Sheikha Johara also explained that the lectures shall focus on how to take advantage of the culture of human rights and apply it in practice at the respected departments of international cooperation, which are considered as the interface of our institutions in the regional and international communities. Sheikha Johara said that this session shall include several important and necessary themes based on human rights concepts including history, origin, and concepts of human rights and international system at international, regional and local bodies that monitors the human rights movement process, as well as the role of national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations in the field of human rights. Working papers include a paper on international humanitarian law, which is the essential foundation in which all agreements related to this field were emanated from, as well as a presentation on experiences of some international cooperation departments and the most important aspirations and recommendations which help in practice at their career.Read More
Dr. Yousif Obeidan: Exercising civil and political rights reflects one of the finest images of citizenship, including the right to stand in election and the right to vote
Dr. Aisha Al-Mannai: The right to citizenship is guaranteed for various groups and under all circumstances
Dr. Asmaa Al-Attiyah: Equal opportunities, equality, non-discrimination and rights to access to enable people with disabilities and the preparation of educational brochures and leaflets in Braille
Faisal Al Kooheji: We placed high importance on the fundamental rights of candidates and voters
The National Human Rights Committee organized in cooperation and partnership with the Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the blind of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, on the occasion of the municipal council elections, a seminar on the political rights of persons with disabilities on Monday, April 27, 2015, at the headquarters of the cultural and social center for the Blind, presented by Dr. Yousif Obaidan, Deputy Chairman of the NHRC and Dr. Aisha Al Mannai, Dean of Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of Hamad bin Khalifa. Among the attendees were Dr. Asmaa Al Attiyah, member of the NHRC and a member of the Committee on Election Monitoring at the NHRC, Head of the Department of Psychological Sciences, Qatar University, Faisal Muhammad Al-Kooheji, Chairman of Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the Blind, Dr. Khaled Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Arab Federation for the Blind and advisor at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and Plenipotentiary Minister of the Secretariat of the Arab League on Disability, Dr. Tarek Al-Issawi, expert at the social and cultural center for the blind, Mr. Ali Kumait, member of the Board of Directors, and former specialist at the Al Noor Institute for the Blind, representatives of the department of elderly and people with special needs and public relations department at the Ministry of the Interior, and members of the center.
At the beginning of the seminar, Dr. Asmaa Al Attiyah talked about upholding the principles of human dignity, justice, equality and non-discrimination. All humans are equal and entitled to dignity, rights and duties, without any form of discrimination, regardless of physical, social, or other differences.
Dr. Yousif Obeidan gave an overview on stages of the elections in the State of Qatar and pointed out that the elections had existed in the past in a simpler framework, until it revolted when His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani took over the reins of leadership in the State, Dr. Yousuf Obaidan said that the CMC election is the result of reforms initiated by HH the Emir after he took the reins of power in 1995 as part of steps to create democratic friendly environment. He stated “The State of Qatar from its beginning is moving towards democracy gradually and in an appropriate way that suits situation of the country to ensure stability and it has been successful. Before the first CMC election, Ministry of Information was dissolved and press censorship was removed. CMC elections followed it and a committee was formed to draft permanent constitution of the country”, said Dr. Obaidan emphasizing the success of each step. He also mentioned that in Qatar, Municipalities were formed in 1950’s after the petrol was invented and that time the members were nominated to the municipalities. The rule of HH the Emir was a turning point as gradual democratic process was initiated. The democratic process of western countries cannot be implemented at once in younger countries like Qatar; so it adopted the gradual process, he said. He added “HH the Emir was keen on the rights of Qatari women to vote and stand for elections and they were permitted in first CMC elections in 1999. Although no women candidate won the election, their political participation was triumph for Qatari women among gulf women”, Dr. Obaidan added. He also referred to the four women candidates fighting strongly in the coming elections.
Dr. Aysha Al Mannai, talked about the political rights in Islam, how Islam honors everyone, and the right of citizenship in the Islamic law, pointing out that every human being whether a man or woman’s has rights and duties, no matter what the circumstances and conditions. Al Mannai added that the right of citizenship is inspired by Islamic law, she talked about the role of women in the elections, their rights and how Islam and the Constitution honors them. She stressed that people with disabilities are an integral part of society pointing out that the (disability is not inability), and the right of citizenship is entitled to various groups and under all circumstances. She stressed the importance of the role of the centers for persons with disabilities in helping its members to stand in elections and spreading awareness in this regard, she called for the need to enable persons with disabilities to exercise their civil and political rights.
Dr. Asmaa Al Attiyah, the General Coordinator of the seminar, said that the organization of this seminar is part of a plan developed by the NHRC on the awareness and education of the Political Rights on the occasion of the municipal council elections. She stressed the importance of the issues and inquiries raised by the participants in this seminar, including, for example, ensuring the participation of persons with disabilities fully and effectively in society, political empowerment, equality of opportunity, non-discrimination, access rights, enabling persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life, and provision of awareness and educational materials in Braille. In this regard, Al Attiyah noted that there has already been coordination with the Qatar Cultural and Social for the Blind to provide all the materials prepared by the NHRC on awareness and education of the Political Rights in Braille.
Mr. Faisal Al Kooheji called on the Board of Directors to the importance of differentiating between the Central Municipal Council elections and the elections of the parliament, adding that the center has organized a number of events to publicize the municipal council and its elections by organizing a lecture entitled (the first house for Democracy) provided by Engineer Jassim Al-Maliki, Vice President at the Municipal Council on the definition of the municipal council and its terms of reference. Kooheji stressed the importance of this seminar on introducing the basic rights of candidates and voters, pointing to that there shall be a campaign to be conducted next week under the title “hand in hand towards the effective participation of people with visual disabilities in the municipal council elections”.
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Faisal Al Kooheji, chairman of the board of director presented the shield of the Center in honor of the NHRC, to Dr. Yousif Obeidan, deputy Chairman of the NHRC, in addition to the certificates of appreciation to Dr. Aisha Al Mannai, Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of Hamad bin Khalifa, and Dr. Asmaa Al-Attiyah, a member of the NHRC, and the general coordinator of the seminar.Read More
Students of Ahmed bin Mohammed Military College visited The NHRC in which the Committee’s officials gave an introductory brief about the Committee and its mechanisms to disseminate the culture of human rights.
Dr. Yousif Obeidan, vice Chairman of the NHRC, welcomed the students of the college and stated that the continuous communication between the college and the NHRC reflects the increasing awareness by those who are in charge of the faculty to educate students and employees the culture of human rights and the methodology to establish this culture in our societies and the environments in which we operate.
Obeidan during his introductory brief about the establishment, vision, mission and objectives of the NHRC, stated that: since the beginning of the modern history of the state of Qatar, the founders devoted effort to promoting the state rights and freedoms of law and institutions, in which the NHRC was established in accordance with Decree Law No. (38) for the year 2002; in light of the overall renaissance of the State of Qatar in that era, the NHRC was re-organized in accordance with Decree law no. (17) for the year 2010, thereby consolidating NHRC independence with a separate legal personality and an independent budget; this Decree also specified the objectives and mandates of the NHRC.
Obeidan explained that at the international level, the NHRC was accredited A status by the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights (ICC) which is a representative body of national human rights institutions drawn from all regions of the world; the NHRC is also a member in the Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) which is responsible for the accreditation and classification of national Committees all over the world. The NHRC is entitled to participate in the ICC and in its regional sub-group, the Asia Pacific Forum as of March 2012 for a period of 3 years. He pointed out that the vision of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar is based on the conviction that human rights is one of the most important issues of the national community in particular and the international community in general. Acknowledging these rights whether they are political, civil, cultural, social or economic, and whether they are individual or group rights, is a commitment to equality, justice, freedom and human dignity of all humans without discrimination; while the mission of the NHRC is based on The protection and promotion of human rights for everyone subject to the jurisdiction of the state of Qatar (citizens, residents and transit travelers) in order for the Committee to achieve this mission, NHRC seeks to raise awareness and education of rights, provide protection and support necessary for individuals and develop abilities.
With regard to the legal nature of the NHRC, Obeidan said: The NHRC The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar is neither a governmental entity nor a civil society institution, It is a national official committee of a special nature and itcan neither be described as an administrative entity in its narrow sense nor a decision-making body. On one hand, The NHRC is considered to be an advisory body concerned with human rights at the national level of authorities and administrative bodies in the state; On the other hand, it receives and investigate complaints from individuals or groups, while the objectives of the NHRC include Awareness and education on human rights for the various parties and groups under international covenants on human rights and national laws; Strengthening and empowering individuals through training programs and other activities to identify, prioritize and defend their rights and seeking to ensure its respect; Expanding the human rights network at the national, regional and international levels; Monitoring and reporting human rights violations; Providing information and legal and social support services for victims of human rights violations; and Spreading and developing the culture of human rights and defending these rights.
In conclusion Obeidan emphasized that such visits will be useful for the college students in their performance of national duty in the present and future and said such visits are considered a real addition to their information and reference in their dealings with individuals and communities.
Mr. Jaber Al Hwail, Director of the Department of Legal Affairs at the NHRC, presented a comprehensive introduction on the mandate of the Department of Legal Affairs and other various departments, pointing out that access to solutions in all the complaints and petitions reaches a rate of 95% of the total complaints summited to the NHRC annually. He added that the legal affairs department studies complaints and petitions summited to the NHRC through specialized techniques and mechanisms through the petitioners personal visit to the NHRC; website of the Committee https://nhrc-qa.org/ar/ in which where the complaint is written, together with other information including place of residence, copy of the identity card (for Qataris), copy of the passport or visa (for non-Qataris), and any supporting papers; hotline (+974) 66626663, which is provided in four languages Arabic, English, Urdu and Filipino.Read More