Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri, chairman of the NHRC met in his office at the headquarters of the NHRC Mr. Sayed Masoud Mahmoud, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the State, during which both sides discussed ways of cooperation in issues of common interest and the exchange of expertise and experience in human rights issuesRead More
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The Training course on the “Ideal framework for dealing with International Mechanisms for human rights protection” concluded at the Diplomatic Institute at the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, it was organized by the National Human Rights Committee for the benefit of the staff of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. At the end of the session, certificates were distributed to the trainees.
Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari, member of the NHRC, in the closing speech called on the need to organize similar training courses for large enterprises in the state, explained that many problems arise due to lack of knowledge of the laws and direct educational tools for officials, staff, and workers with regard to dealing with International Mechanisms for human rights protection. Al Kuwari called on the importance of the appointing the so-called labor administrator in companies to listen to the demands, needs of workers, translate them into an easy- understandable laws, and coordinate conducting training courses for workers. Al Kuwari added if labor administrator exists in the large companies, most of the problems shall be resolved with best solutions from within the company. Al Kuwari also called on the need to issue folded brochures for workers including a summary on the labor law and the customs and traditions of the community and they should be available in all languages that the expatriates speak.
Al Kuwari pointed out that governments and nations recognized the rights of workers and the world as a way to establish a lasting peace, and that was the real beginning of the recognition and respect for human rights. He explained that the NHRC has keen interest in the right to work and the rights of workers in particular, in addition to its objectives including the the promotion and protection of human rights and freedoms. He added that the NHRC consider any excesses or violations of human rights, including the rights of workers, and receive relevant reports or complaints. He added, the NHRC conducts field visits to labour gathering locations and has important role in raising awareness.
Al Kuwari stated that this course is one of the best and useful courses organized by the NHRC in the recent period, the most important factors of this course that all trainees are from one institution and one department which makes them one team and facilitates the appropriate atmosphere to receive information, in addition, topics have been selected carefully to match the professional specialization of the trainees which raises the trainees interaction in all the working papers and activities. In the final day of the course, a questionnaire was distributed to the trainees about the extent of achievement of the objectives of the course, the material presented, objective of the course, and the timing and level of organization as well as general views on the theme of the course.
Mr. Jaber Al Hwail, director of the legal affairs department, stated we did a preliminary analysis of the responses to the questionnaire of all participants and the result was positive and offered proposals that we would benefit from in the future.
Dr. Mohammed Saif Al Kuwari extended thanks and gratitude to the lecturers and trainees in this course and also thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which hosted the course in the past three days.
The second day of the session discussed National legislation in the field of work and residence by Mr. Moemen Aldardiri, legal expert at the NHRC, and achievements of the Ministry of Labour in the development of the national labor market, opportunities and challenges, by Lawyer Yusuf Al Zamman. While the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation has provided a working paper on “Guidance, Challenges and Practices for Labour Inspection for Workplaces Employing Migrant Workers”.
On the closing day, Ms. Francesca Ricciardone, from Labor Solidarity Center presented a lecture on international labor standards and applied experiences. At the closing session Ms. Hala Al Ali, legal expert at the NHRC, presented 2 working papers on ILO standards and conventions ratified by the State of Qatar, and complaints received by the ILO against the State of Qatar.
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
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