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Doha, November 17 The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and Msheireb Properties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for joint […]

Doha, November 17

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and Msheireb Properties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for joint cooperation, to harness art in protecting and promoting human rights, combating racism and spreading a culture of social peace.

The memorandum was signed by the Secretary General of the NHRC Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali, and the Director of Msheireb Museums Dr. Hafiz Ali Abdulla.

The MoU provided for cooperation and coordination between the two parties in spreading awareness and education about human rights, with a focus on modern forms of exploitation, in addition to organizing joint awareness activities, conferences, seminars and panel discussions on topics related to the common goals of the two parties, and organizing art exhibitions to spread a culture of human rights in various fields related to rights and duties, and highlighting the values of national identity in respect of the rights of individuals and societies.

After signing the memorandum, the Secretary General of the NHRC Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali, stressed the common role and objectives linked between human rights and museums in preserving the cultural, social and behavioral identity of the human heritage in all its forms to promote all the positive from previous civilizations and avoid the negative ones, especially with regard to racist practices and tribal strife.

He said that the memorandum is consistent with the objectives of the National Human Rights Committee in promoting and protecting rights, preserving human dignity, promoting a culture of equality and non-discrimination, and upholding the values of tolerance and justice, in addition to spreading awareness and education on human rights.

For his part, the Director of Msheireb Museums Dr. Hafiz Ali Abdulla, said that the memorandum comes within the framework of concerted efforts to achieve the common goals of the two parties, and to work together to raise awareness about one of the most important social issues and to promote initiatives concerned with human rights.

He pointed out that in the next stage, programs will be prepared to implement the memorandum’s agenda, in the interest of the human being and the Qatari citizen.

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Doha, November 16 The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) concluded the training programs that were launched during the month of […]

Doha, November 16

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) concluded the training programs that were launched during the month of November, and included three training programs and two seminars.

The training program comes within the framework of a qualitative and promising strategic partnership between the National Human Rights Committee and Hamad International Airport, to promote human rights at the airport, which is the main gateway to the state, which reflects the extent to which human rights are respected and their dignity is preserved.

The NHRC confirmed that the two-day training programs for leaders and employees of Hamad International Airport were a successful experience and the beginning of strengthening this partnership between the two sides.

The committee indicated that the training courses will continue according to an annual strategy that will be agreed upon between the two parties.

The series of training programs and seminars comes within the framework of the committees mandate to hold and organize conferences, courses and discussion panels on topics related to human rights and freedoms. Such events are among the most prominent practices that would promote and protect human rights and freedoms.

The Director of the NHRC Programs and Education Department Abdullah Ali Al Mahmoud, said that the Committee’s lecture series comes within the framework of its educational role for the benefit of society members in the State of Qatar and its institutions.

Al Mahmoud noted the great interest and interaction from all attendees, stressing that this motivates the committee to make more efforts to establish a culture of human rights in societies.

He added that the training programs directed at Hamad International Airport will not stop with the end of these events, but there will be continuous cooperation, to promote a culture of human rights and improve its protection, especially since the culture of human rights includes all areas of life.

The training of Hamad International Airport employees and leaders included a full explanation of international human rights standards at airports, which airports must implement in their daily work. (QNA)

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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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