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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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Doha, November 15   The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) organized a training course for Hamad International Airport leaders on […]

Doha, November 15

 

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) organized a training course for Hamad International Airport leaders on international human rights standards at airports, in the airport’s departures hall.

This training is the first of its kind and a promising partnership between the committee and the airport. It comes within the framework of the committees mandate to hold and organize conferences, seminars, courses and discussion panels on topics related to human rights and freedoms, and within the practices that would promote and protect human rights.

On this occasion, the Director of the NHRC Programs and Education Department Abdullah Ali Al Mahmoud, explained in his opening speech to the training course that this event comes within the context of the celebrations of the Qatar Human Rights Day, which coincides with the establishment of the National Human Rights Committee on Nov.,11, 2002. It is an affirmation by the state leadership of its long-established values that the human being is the centerpiece of progress, development and building civilizations.

Al Mahmoud added that Qatar consider the celebration of Qatar Human Rights Day as an important station to remind the most important principles of respect for the individual and society, and Qatar is used to not going through them unless it puts an imprint that consolidates the message for which NHRC was established, such as awareness, education and knowledge of the most important principles stipulated in international conventions of basic respect for human rights.

Al Mahmoud added that Islamic societies, should be the first to implement these principles, because Islamic Sharia was approved by 1400 years ago, as it was proven in many verses of Quran and the honorable hadiths of the Prophet.

In this context, he noted the great cooperation between NHRC and Hamad International Airport, starting with the celebration of International Human Rights Day, and the Arabic calligraphy exhibition on “Human Rights in the Islamic Culture” organized on the occasion of choosing Doha as ‘Capital of Culture in Islamic World in 2021’, as well as participating in Qatar Human Rights Day , in order to promote the culture of human rights.

He indicated that this training course comes as part of a series of seminars and training lectures organized by the NHRC in the context of its role and mission to establish a culture of human rights in the country, considering that such events would enhance human dignity in the State of Qatar, especially since Hamad International Airport is the main gate to the state and through it the general impression of all visitors is formed, which reflects the extent of Qatar’s respect for the human being and its keenness to preserve his dignity.

The training focused on international human rights standards at airports, which airports must apply in their daily work.

The standards relate to respect for human dignity, within the framework of the services provided and treatment, and inspection mechanisms, as well as non-discrimination, the right to treatment for some victims, combating human trafficking, and with regard to the protection of personal data and other definitions.

The training also dealt with the most prominent competencies of the committees, such as studying reports, issuing public comments, fact-finding missions, examining a state party’s complaint against another state party, and examining messages submitted by individuals.

It is worth mentioning that tomorrow, Tuesday, the same seminar will be presented to Hamad Airport employees at Msheireb Museums. These lectures and seminars come as part of a series of human rights awareness activities launched by the committee this month, in conjunction with the celebrations of Qatar Human Rights Day.

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Doha, November 13 The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) celebrated Qatar Human Rights Day, which falls on November 11 each […]

Doha, November 13

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) celebrated Qatar Human Rights Day, which falls on November 11 each year and coincides with the launch of a series of human rights awareness activities.

In statement, Secretary General of NHRC Sultan Hassan Al Jamali said that the celebration marking Qatar Human Rights Day is a continuation of the State of Qatar’s path towards consolidating and promoting human rights, and that it comes within the framework of a new stage of giving, and an extension of the Committee’s approach that is characterized by independence, pointing out that this year’s celebration came days after the Global Alliance renewed the approval of the committee’s (A) classification which is an indication of its independence, and confirms that the approach it is taking is one of the main reasons for its stability at the top of the classification of national institutions for 15 years.

Al Jamali said this occasion comes in light of the state’s achievement of an important democratic entitlement represented in the holding of the Shura Council elections, which is one of the most important pillars of the right of expression, saying, “We appreciate this step, which opens the door wide for many achievements in all areas of human rights.”

He stressed that the celebration of Qatar Human Rights, which coincides with the anniversary of its founding on November 11, 2002, reflects the State of Qatar’s appreciation and support for human rights principles, its work to build and promote a culture of human rights, its keenness and constant quest to improve conditions and develop their political, economic and legislative systems and bodies.

He noted the openness of the State of Qatar to developing its legislation to ensure the observance of human rights, especially of the most vulnerable groups, and labor market reforms that included Law No. (17) of 2020 regarding setting the minimum wage for workers and domestic servants, and Decree-Law No. (19) of 2020 amending some Provisions of Law No. (21) of 2015 regulating the entry, exit and residence of expatriates, which was considered a major positive step to agree on human rights principles related to the right to change work, allowing employees to change their workplace freely, limiting working hours in open places during the summer period, and establishing a workers support fund and securing them to guarantee them care, and provide them with their rights, in addition to a healthy and safe work environment.

He also pointed to the importance of the recently launched unified platform for complaints and reports, which enables citizens, expatriates and establishments to report a labor violation such as a labor gathering, inappropriate labor accommodation, or explicit violations at the workplace against the entities subject to the provisions of the Qatari Labor Law and the Domestic Workers Law.

The Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee praised the state’s efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic by making the vaccine available to everyone free of charge and without discrimination, which falls within the state’s implementation of the right to health and giving priority to the elderly who are among the most vulnerable groups, stressing that the pandemic that cast shadow over the various aspects of human activity in the world and re-emphasized the guarantee of the rights of the workers segment among the most favored groups.

The Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee praised the state’s efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic by making the vaccine available to everyone free of charge and without discrimination, which falls within the state’s implementation of the right to health and giving priority to the elderly who are among the most vulnerable groups, stressing that the pandemic cast a shadow over the various aspects of human activity in the world and re-emphasized the guarantee of the rights of the workers segment among the most favored groups.

Al Jamali added, “Human rights are inherent rights in Qatari society and part of the human values established by the tolerant Islamic Sharia and Qatari legislations, especially the Permanent Constitution of the State of Qatar.” He also pointed out that in the context of spreading awareness and education on human rights and freedoms and consolidating their principles at the levels of thought and practice, the committee will hold a series of activities during the month of November on the occasion of Qatar Human Rights Day, starting with a seminar at Qatar University Health Center for employees and patients as well as training for Msheireb Real Estate Foundation’s employees.

The seminars and training courses will continue over the next two weeks to include seminars and training lectures for the leaders and employees of Hamad International Airport in two separate courses, in addition to the schools campaign that will start on November 21 and continue until November 25.

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Doha, November 07 The Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) renewed its […]

Doha, November 07

The Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) renewed its A status accreditation of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) for the third time in a row, over a period of 15 years.

Under the renewal of the accreditation, the National Human Rights Committee continues to maintain the highest status classification that can be granted to it from 2010 until 2025, after which it will be subjected to re-accreditation.

Commenting on the occasion, HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah underlined that renewing the ‘A status’ accreditation of the NHRC for the third time in a row is a clear indication that the Committee is on the right path in the field of protecting and promoting human rights; noting that the independence of the NHRC is a main reason for maintaining its classification at the top of national human rights institutions.

Since its inception, the National Human Rights Committee has been moving steadily towards achieving transparency and independence, which is one of the most important conditions for obtaining the ‘A’ accreditation, HE the NHRC Chairperson added.

HE noted that this accreditation was reached thanks to the real desire and will, and the States respond to the recommendations of the National Human Rights Committee in order to advance everything that would preserve human dignity in all aspects of life; referring to cooperation and partnership by the relevant institutions in the State of Qatar and their understanding of the nature of the NHRC and its competencies in spreading and establishing a culture of human rights, and its important advisory role in this field.

HE Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah emphasized that the NHRC complied with all the conditions for the ‘A status” accreditation in terms of its establishment, as the establishment law expressly stipulates that the NHRC is an independent national institution that is not affiliated with any of the three authorities (legislative – judicial – executive), and that the Committee has a mandate with clearly defined tasks in accordance with the Paris Principles.

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Doha, October 27 The members of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), in a meeting Wednesday, elected HE Maryam bint […]

Doha, October 27

The members of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), in a meeting Wednesday, elected HE Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah as Chairman of the NHRC.

HE newly-elected Chairman of the NHRC, Maryam Al Attiyah stressed to work for the continuity of this great legacy and following an approach that ensures the stability of the NHRC at the top among its counterparts in the world and aspiration to achieve more human rights achievements.

She pointed out that chairing the NHRC is a great trust that requires cooperation between all state institutions to ensure the advancement of human dignity in Qatar.

Al Attiyah said that she will make the greatest effort and harness the utmost energies to assume this national and humanitarian responsibility.

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Doha, October 02 HE Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri praised the […]

Doha, October 02

HE Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri praised the qualitative leap in the field of promoting and protecting freedoms and advancing human rights in the State of Qatar through the Shura Council elections, which is an important step in strengthening the Qatari Shura traditions.

In a statement to Qatar News Agency , HE the NHRC Chairman said that the will of the political leadership and the people was manifested through elections held by universal suffrage, pointing out that the political leadership, by approving these elections, enhanced the participation of its citizens in public affairs.

Al Marri praised the measures taken by the competent authorities to ensure the success of the voting process.

He explained that the NHRC is working to ensure that the elections comply with international human rights standards, so it took the initiative from the beginning to raise awareness of the importance of the elections, and also carried out the monitoring process by accessing the electoral centers.

He pointed out that in this regard, the NHRC formed a committee to monitor the Shura Council elections and conducted qualifying lectures for the observers to make them familiar with all means and tools of monitoring for free and fair elections in line with human rights principles.

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Doha, September 22   HE Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri met […]

Doha, September 22

 

HE Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri met Wednesday with a delegation from the European Parliament, headed by HE Chairperson of the Sports Committee of the European Parliament Marc Tarabella, who is currently visiting the country, at the headquarters of the Committee.

HE Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri extended thanks to the delegation for accepting NHRC’s invitation to visit the State of Qatar, commending the strong partnership between NHRC and the European Parliament, as the NHRC in Qatar is the first of its kind to sign a memorandum of understanding with the European Parliament.

HE Al Marri affirmed the Committee’s continued efforts to strengthen the human rights system in Qatar, in addition to implementing the national human rights strategy and sustaining dialogue between NHRC and the European Parliament in all aspects related to human rights.

His Excellency provided the delegation with an overview of the most important developments in the field of human rights, especially workers’ rights, in terms of legislation and mechanisms introduced by the State.

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Doha, July 10 The Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Qatar and the Qatar National Human Rights […]

Doha, July 10

The Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Qatar and the Qatar National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim of enhancing coordination in the field of promoting human rights, the rights of migrants and combating human trafficking.
The memorandum of understanding will enhance joint efforts by opening a new area of close cooperation between the two sides on issues of common interest, particularly related to strengthening capacities to combat human trafficking.
The Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, said that the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) has cast a shadow over all areas of human rights, including the issue of the increase in human trafficking crimes around the world, especially in light of the high rates of unemployment that drive large numbers of people to be victims of human trafficking and forced to work in conditions that are incompatible with the minimum limits of human dignity.
Al-Attiyah pointed out that human traffickers are using various means to lure victims, including enticement, intimidation, coercion, promises of false wages and fake job opportunities, pointing out that the crime of human trafficking is considered a crime that does not recognize geographical borders, in light of the high boom in the capabilities of modern digital means and the openness between countries that facilitated these crimes.
Al-Attiyah pointed out that the MoU between the National Human Rights Committee and the International Organization for Migration came within the framework of achieving common goals between the two sides in terms of upgrading the protection of human rights and preserving their dignity, and mobilizing the energies of society around understanding and exercising their rights and duties, promoting equality and non-discrimination, and upholding the values of tolerance and justice to promote effective respect for the human rights and well-being of migrants, help address migration challenges, enhance understanding of migration issues, and encourage social and economic development through migration.
For her part, the Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Qatar Iman Ereiqat, said that this joint cooperation with the National Human Rights Committee represents an important new stage to formalize the excellent partnership between both sides.
Ereiqat added that the partnership with the Qatar National Human Rights Committee is valuable, especially given the pivotal role played by the Committee in advocating on behalf of various vulnerable groups, and the International Organization for Migration looks forward to a fruitful partnership for the benefit of migrants and the State of Qatar.
The memorandum of understanding stipulated the importance of holding consultations between its two sides on all issues of common interest, defining the appropriate framework for action and close cooperation to achieve the common interest and according to available resources. In addition to the necessity of coordination between the two parties in the activities related to human rights and migrants, in order to eliminate unnecessary repetition and achieve cooperation between both sides.
The memorandum stipulated that the areas of cooperation include human rights, migration, combating human trafficking, raising awareness and education on human rights, as well as developing capacities in issues of common interest, as well as cooperation in the field of scientific research and strategic studies, exchange of research and publications, and joint cooperation in holding workshops, conferences and seminars.

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Doha, June 17 HE Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, met today […]

Doha, June 17
HE Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, met today at the headquarters of the Committee with HE Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan Dr. Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi.

On the sidelines of the visit, the National Human Rights Committee concluded a memorandum of understanding with the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was signed on behalf of the Committee by the Assistant Secretary-General Sultan Hassan Al-Jamali, while it was signed on behalf of the Sudanese Foreign Ministry, by Ambassador Adel Hussein Sharafi, Director General of Financial and Human Resources in the Ministry.

The memorandum of understanding concluded between the two sides aims to promote and protect human rights and focus on areas of interest to both parties, based on their common goals in coordination and joint cooperation to build and raise the capacities of diplomats and workers in Sudanese ministries and institutions related to human rights, organize activities, studies and research, and exchange publications and visits.

The two parties aim for joint cooperation between them in the field of human rights, through the development of programs and projects to raise the capabilities of workers in this field, and work to benefit from the expertise, experiences and international mechanisms concerned with human rights and the exchange of information, in addition to exchanging experiences in the field of technical cooperation with regard to the organization of conferences and seminars, training courses and preparation of studies in the field of human rights in addition to developing existing training tools and enhancing the benefit of their joint competencies and experiences, and setting priorities for each party’s benefit from the programs and activities organized by the other.

Sultan Hassan Al-Jamali said that the signing of the memorandum of understanding today aims to strengthen the existing cooperation between the two sides in the fields of human rights.

He explained that the next stage will witness the consolidation of this cooperation through the support that the National Human Rights Committee can provide with its cumulative experiences at the national, regional and international levels, especially with regard to the technical contribution to the establishment of the National Committee for Human Rights in Sudan in accordance with the Paris Principles, in addition to provide all institutions and departments related to human rights.

He added that the visit of HE Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri to Sudan last March established and opened up prospects for cooperation at the bilateral, regional and international levels, noting that the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two sides came as a result of that visit, noting that the arrangement is taking place in preparation for the founding session of the National Committee for Human Rights in Sudan, came under the auspices of the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions.

On the international level, His Excellency the Ambassador said that HE Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, in his capacity as President of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, will be supportive of Sudans integration into the international community.

In statements to Qatar News Agency (QNA), Sultan Hassan Al-Jamali said that we signed today a joint memorandum of understanding between the National Human Rights Committee and the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which includes the exchange of experiences between the two parties in order to promote and protect human rights and develop capacity-building for workers in various institutions, as well as holding courses, conferences and workshops and we will form a joint committee whose task is to prepare an implementation plan during the next two years to implement the effectiveness of this joint agreement.

Al-Jamali indicated that the memorandum of understanding would encourage institutional joint work and openness to the exchange of expertise and experiences to serve the objectives of both sides in the process of protecting and promoting human rights.

He added that the committee will work to implement the memorandum of understanding on the ground through training courses, workshops and seminars, in addition to activating mutual visits in order to achieve the desired message of this memorandum and bring its provisions on the ground.

Al-Jamali said that there was a visit by the National Human Rights Committee some time ago to the steering committee of the High Committee for Human Rights in Sudan in order to determine the beginning of the establishment of this committee. The Committee prepared a training course on human rights mechanisms and the Paris Principles for the staff of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Sudan. (QNA)

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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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