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The continuation of the unjust blockade of Qatar and the accompanying arbitrary measures for the third year in a row […]

The continuation of the unjust blockade of Qatar and the accompanying arbitrary measures for the third year in a row deepen the immense humanitarian suffering being endured by citizens and residents of the State of Qatar and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, as the number of complaints received by the National Human Rights Committee reached 4275 complaints.

The National Human Rights Committee emphasizes that the blockading countries continue to target the peoples and tearing the Gulf social fabric, in flagrant violation of international and regional human rights conventions, despite the international appeals launched by organizations, parliaments and governments across the world.

The lack of responsiveness by the blockading countries to the Gulf mediation and rejection of any international and regional efforts to resolve the crisis is only a pretext to perpetuate violations and inflict harm on their peoples. In this regard, the National Human Rights Committee expresses its deep concern at the failure of all attempts to discourage these countries from their violations or even urge them to find radical solutions to end violations, to fulfil the aspirations of the peoples. The National Committee also strongly deplores the failure of the Gulf system to address the adverse impacts of the humanitarian crisis of the unjust blockade.

The National Human Rights Committee reiterates its position calling for the immediate cessation of grave violations and putting an end to the suffering of the victims and ensure redress for them prior to initiation of any political solutions, in accordance with international human rights agreements.

The National Human Rights Committee also notes that disregarding the issue to lift injustice and compensate the victims will inevitably lead to widening the gap, tearing the Gulf fabric and losing confidence in the Gulf system. Accordingly, the National Human Rights Committee calls upon the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council to assume its responsibilities and expeditiously address the humanitarian implications of the crisis prior to initiation of any political solutions.

The National Human Rights Committee, having noted with satisfaction the movements of the State of Qatar before international organizations and tribunals to provide redress and compensation to victims and expose the violations of the blockading countries to international public opinion, calls upon the State of Qatar to continue moving forward and recalls its obligation to preserve the rights of victims and not to waive claims for reparations under any circumstance or pressure by any party.

In conclusion, the National Human Rights Committee commends the positions of international human rights organizations in documenting violations and condemning the blockading countries, particularly the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the European Parliament in condemning the blockading countries, and undertakes to the victims and the public opinion to continue its efforts to prosecute those states and coordinate with the concerned organizations and bodies in this regard, regardless of what happens in the future with regard the resolution of the crisis.

10 Sawwal 1441, 2nd June 2020
Doha, Qatar

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Doha, May 31 The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has published a book entitled “3 years since the blockade of […]

Doha, May 31

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has published a book entitled “3 years since the blockade of Qatar”, in which it referred to unilateral coercive measures taken by the blockading countries against the State of Qatar and its citizens and residents when it severed diplomatic relations with it on June 5, 2017, and accordingly, they gravely violated numerous basic human rights.

The book contains statistics on violations of human rights and freedoms committed by the three Gulf blockading States “Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Bahrain against the State of Qatar, as well as international reports on these violations, international provisions and decisions against the blockade of the State of Qatar, conclusions, legal description, recommendations, and a profile of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) in terms of its establishment, functions, and its role in promoting and protecting human rights at all levels, and its obtaining of (A) rating from the Accreditation Subcommittee of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.

The report noted that the total violations of human rights and freedoms monitored and documented by the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) as a result of the blockade of the three Gulf States amounted to 4275 violations, including the right to movement, residence, ownership, education, health, work, litigation, the right to family reunification, freedom of opinion and expression, arbitrary detention and concealment, forced incitement to violence, hatred and the right to practice religious rites, citing several examples of each of these violations.

It noted that among all these violations, which were complaints registered by the NHRC , by Saudi Arabia was 2448 violations, by the United Arab Emirates, 1225 violations and by the Kingdom of Bahrain 602 violations.

The book also touched on a series of periodic reports prepared by the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) to monitor the negative effects of the blockade on human rights in the State of Qatar, including reports of special violations such as the report on deprivation of religious rites, report on the violation of the right to property, report on the violation of the right to food and medicine, and report on the violation of the right to education.

As for the reports of general violations, including the report of the Fourth Committee for Human Rights Violations of the State of Qatar as a result of the blockade, titled “Six months of violations, what next”, another report entitled “A year after the continuation of human rights violations by the blockading countries”, and the report “After six months have passed”..Non-compliance by the United Arab Emirates with the decisions of the International Court of Justice, January 15, 2019, then another general report entitled “One and a half years since the decision of the International Court of Justice … The United Arab Emirates continues to violate human rights” January

2020. The booklet also highlighted the international rulings and decisions against the blockade of the State of Qatar, including what was issued by the International Court of Justice and the International Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in Geneva.

The book , under the title, “Conclusions and Legal Characterization,” noted that the governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Bahrain have violated, through their unilateral arbitrary measures, several principles and agreements of the international human rights law, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on Women and Children, Persons with Disabilities, and Forced Disappearance, in addition to the Arab Charter for Human Rights and the GCC Declaration of Human Rights.

The blockading countries also flagrantly violated the “Chicago” agreement by prohibiting the movement of Qatari civil aviation over their territories without any military necessity or reasons related to public security.

The book concluded with recommendations prepared by the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) for all concerned parties to take necessary and possible measures to lift the blockade and the resulting violations, and demanding compensation for all the damage caused to all individuals.

The National for Human Rights Committee (NHRC) submitted these recommendations to the United Nations, the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the blockade countries, the General Secretariat of the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States (GCC) and the Qatari government.

The book has been published in three languages: Arabic, English and French. It was posted on the National for Human Rights Committee (NHRC) website.

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Click here to read the French version.

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Doha, May 10, 2020 The field visits and monitoring subcommittee of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) stressed the need […]

Doha, May 10, 2020

The field visits and monitoring subcommittee of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) stressed the need for taking further awareness-raising measures and launching campaigns to protect workers and vulnerable groups, noting that the Committee continues to provide the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA) with cases and complaints received by the NHRC under the current circumstances so that they can be resolved.

Similarly, in a meeting with the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), the field visits and monitoring subcommittee stressed the need to make more efforts to provide the necessary health services and guarantee the right to treatment and medicine for all citizens and residents in Qatar, especially vulnerable groups, such as elderly, people with disabilities or chronic diseases, workers and those with low-income, during the current crisis.

This meeting is as a continuation of the series of meetings and field visits made by the NHRC to correctional institutions, detention centres, police stations, the industrial area, workers’ accommodations and hotel guests under quarantine in order to check the implementation of the precautionary measures approved by authorities to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.

Vice Chairman of the NHRC, Dr Mohammed bin Saif Al-Kuwari confirmed in a press statement that the NHRC’s field visits and monitoring team have met with officials of the Labour Relations Department at ADLSA with the aim to acquire information about the Ministry’s measures and procedures regarding protecting workers’ rights in light of the current health crisis and the extent to which they enjoy their rights stipulated in international laws, conventions and covenants related to human rights.

Dr. Al-Kuwari noted that officials of ADLSA provided an overview of the measures taken by the Ministry regarding workers’ rights and payment of wages during the Coronavirus crisis, as well as the awareness campaign launched by the Ministry, including carrying out nearly 2,400 field visits targeting approximately 160,000 workers.

Dr. Al-Kuwari added that the Ministry has instructed companies to adopt a number of measures, which include exchanging information to increase workers ‘awareness and taking into account personal hygiene, restricting assembly to a minimum and reducing housing density, whether in housing or work sites. Other measures to be taken include appointing Occupational Safety and Health Supervisor as per policies to be implemented by companies, so that they can take advantage of clinics, conduct medical examinations for workers to ensure their safety beside reducing workers bus capacity to 50%. He also reconfirmed that the Ministry will monitor companies’ compliance with these policies.

As for facilities offered to workers and regulations used to facilitate the transfer of their salaries in light of the precautionary measures taken by the State, officials explained that ADLSA coordinated with Qatar Central Bank in this regard due to the precautionary measures and the closure of money exchanging establishments, by facilitating procedures and providing applications for financial transfers, along with current applications run by the state agencies.

In a related matter, in a meeting with MOPH, the field visits and monitoring team of the NHRC reviewed precautionary measures and health services provided by the health institutions to combat the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and monitor the conditions and rights of citizens and residents, especially vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, people with disabilities or chronic diseases, workers and those with low-income, in accordance with international laws, conventions and covenants of human rights.

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Doha, May 05 The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), in coordination with representatives of its expat offices, launched an awareness […]

Doha, May 05

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), in coordination with representatives of its expat offices, launched an awareness campaign targeting corporate workers, including workers in recruiting companies and domestic workers.

The campaign included field visits to workers in the Industrial Area, Umm Salal, Al Wakrah, Al Duhail, and Al Thumama. In the future it will include other areas where expatriate workers are located. The campaign distributes instructions, brochures, and educational publications that focus on the preventive measures that must be followed to prevent the risk of infection with the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The campaign also raises the awareness of workers on the importance of using the hotline launched by the NHRC, to receive and monitor any complaints they have regarding violations that may affect their rights, especially due to the repercussions of the new Coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19).

Head of NHRC Media and Public Relations Department Abdullah Ali Al Mahmoud said that the campaign came to complement the field visits paid by teams from the committee since the start of Ramadan to the Industrial Area and workers quarantines in Umm Salal, Mesaieed, and other areas, in addition to police stations.

The campaign is an implementation of the goals of the National Human Rights Committee in raising the awareness of workers from different nationalities on the dangers of the spread of COVID-19, and on their rights, including to prevention and treatment under these conditions, as well as their right to make use of all the different medical equipment required for protection from the virus.

Al Mahmoud said that the committee’s team met with workers and discussed their residence conditions. The team familiarized the workers with the guidelines on the precautionary measures taken by the State of Qatar, and the rights of everyone in the country in these conditions under the law.

Representatives of Expat community offices of Nepal, India, African expat communities, Sri Lanka, and Bengal all participated in the awareness campaign. This was in reflection of the committee’s commitment to reaching all expat communities and communicating in the different languages they speak.

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Doha, April 25, 2020 The field visits and monitoring team of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has visited workers […]

Doha, April 25, 2020

The field visits and monitoring team of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has visited workers in some quarantine designated places in the Industrial Area, Umm Salal and Mesaieed, and some designated quarantine hotels, to monitor the implementation of the precautionary measures and the quality of health services provided to contain the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Regarding the objectives of the field visits to some parts of the Industrial Area, Vice-Chairman of NHRC and chairman of the field visits and monitoring subcommittee, Dr. Mohamed Saif Al-Kuwari said that based on NHRC’s concern for the health and safety of workers and of everyone living in Qatar, various places of major gatherings were visited to inspect the precautionary measures followed, as per the mandate of the Committee, and in implementation of the regulations and laws that regulate its work.

Dr. Al-Kuwari explained that the NHRC has obtained extensive information about the number of workers in some quarantine designated places in the Industrial Area, the area of accommodation, housing conditions, shelter services, and the quality of healthy food and nutritional supplements provided to workers in quarantine in the region, especially to those with chronic diseases, and the elderly. “During the visit to the Industrial Area, the NHRC team inspected the distribution points of the food baskets for workers, the mechanism of work, and distributed some necessary health supplies, including free sanitizers and masks for workers to prevent the spread of the epidemic.”

Dr. Al-Kuwari pointed out that the monitoring committee team was briefed during its meetings with the officials on the implementation of the precautionary measures approved in some parts of the Industrial Area, especially sanitizing and cleaning operations that the zone has been subjected to since the start of the application of the quarantine, and health services provided to residents and workers.

Dr. Al-Kuwari added that the team was also briefed on the procedures used to treat people infected with the virus, preventive medical equipment provided for workers to protect them from the risk of virus transmission, including the procedures used to isolate the infected cases and those who have contact with them, and the plans taken to ensure that the epidemic does not transmit within the Industrial Area.

With regard to the quality of healthcare provided to infected workers in some parts of the Industrial Area, Dr. Mohamed Saif Al-Kuwari said that the field visits and monitoring team reviewed the work of the mobile inspection units designated for examining those living there, and the mechanisms used to conduct examinations, as well as reviewing the process of distributing masks and sanitizers, in addition to visiting several shopping malls, food stores, pharmacies, and exchange offices in the Industrial Area. “Officials at the Industrial Area informed the team that the medical centres distribute the medicine free of charge to those in need, and the visit was an opportunity to be informed about the preparation of a new emergency field clinic that will open soon.”

Meanwhile, the field visits and monitoring team also visited the quarantine centres for workers infected with coronavirus in Umm Salal and Mesaieed. Dr al-Kuwari said that the team spoke to officials and patients in the centres and listened to extensive explanations about a number of patients and the general situation inside quarantine areas and the needs of the isolated persons. The team noted great care in terms of attention, accommodation, hygiene, as well as registering the other additional services of workers such as the internet and cafeteria. Dr. Al-Kuwari said we spoke with workers and officials and we were reassured that there is great care in the services offered. In another visit, NHRC team visited several hotels designated for those infected with the coronavirus (Covid-19), or for those who are spending their quarantine period after returning from their travels outside the country.

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The National Human Rights Committee started a series of field visits to a number of penal institutions and places of […]

The National Human Rights Committee started a series of field visits to a number of penal institutions and places of detention to inspect their compliance with the precautionary measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to meet the human rights standards set forth in international laws and covenants during periods of crisis, in light of the exceptional circumstances in the world due to the spread of the epidemic.

The committee’s field visits team visited the men and women sections of the central prison to monitor the humanitarian conditions of inmates, conducted a general tour, and held private interviews with detainees chosen by the team to obtain the necessary information and data in relation to the measures taken by penal institutions department to protect inmates.

In a statement, Dr. Mohammed Saif Al Kuwari, Deputy Chairman of NHRC and head of the visits and monitoring committee, said that the field visit of the teams of the NHRC comes within the framework of exercising its competence related to monitoring what is raised about the human rights situation in the State, and coordination with the authorities concerned to respond to them, as well as preparing reports related to human rights situation and submitting them to the Council of Ministers along with its views in line with the paragraphs 5 and 6 of the text of Article 3 of Decree Law No. 17 of 2010 organizing the NHRC.

Al Kuwari said that the NHRC aims, through its field visits, to promote and protect human rights, especially for the inmates and detainees groups, and respond to reports in accordance with paragraphs 6 of Article 3 of the above-mentioned law, which provides for monitoring what may be raised about the human rights situation in the state and coordinating with the authorities concerned to respond to them.

Al Kuwari noted that field visits to penal institutions and places of detention also come in response to the reports of various international organizations and United Nations human rights mechanisms that require national human rights institutions to submit reports on the nature of the measures taken by countries to confront the Corona pandemic and their compatibility with international standards.

Dr. Al Kuwari added that the NHRC team will prepare, at the end of its field visits, a report to be submitted to the official authorities in the State and international human rights organizations, including its observations and recommendations on the precautionary measures followed by the State of Qatar to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the penal institutions.

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Doha, April 09 (QNA) The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) launched on Thursday its hotline (8002222) to ensure the provision […]

Doha, April 09 (QNA)

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) launched on Thursday its hotline (8002222) to ensure the provision of integrated and continuous services, as part of precautionary and preventive measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The hotline covers five languages that serve a large segment of the country’s committees, Arabic, English, and Urdu, which in turn covers the Indian, Nepalese and Sri Lankan languages, as well as the Filipino and Swahili languages.

The Head of the Public Relations Unit of NHRC Abdullah Ali Al Mahmoud said that the committee is always keen to provide its integrated services and find solutions to communities in light of the current challenges, pointing out that the call center (8002222) is responsible for receiving all types of calls in the five available languages, by the committee’s specialized work team.

He stressed that the service will remain even after the end of the Coronavirus pandemic, explaining that this initiative enables access to more efficient and effective job performance, in addition to easy access to customers, as well as an opportunity for the public to interact with the NHRC. It also allows executives to better access tools that enhance decision-making.

Al Mahmoud indicated that the call center (8002222) is the official and unified hotline that supports online services 24 hours a day. Companies, citizens, residents, and visitors can call at any time to inquire about all legal and advisory information or file a complaint, he added.

He explained that the service will be available through the center based on international standards for call centers and customer services. The unified call center number (8002222) will raise the level of services provided to the citizens and residents and provide them with a unified source to answer all inquiries related to the work of NHRC.

He added that the launch of this service falls under the policy of the NHRC, to achieve direct and permanent communication and interaction with all segments of the Qatari society, as well as a dedication to the approach taken since its establishment in 2002, to protect and promote human rights.

He noted that this hotline service would also reinforce the prevailing trends to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus in terms of social distancing and remote work without affecting the workforce. (QNA)

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The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar expresses its satisfaction with the precautionary measures taken by the […]

The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar expresses its satisfaction with the precautionary measures taken by the State of Qatar to contain the spread of Coronavirus, and stresses the importance of concerted efforts of the Government and all segments of society to accord priority to the right to health for all and ensure respect for human rights without discrimination.

The National Human Rights Committee has followed with interest the extensive precautionary measures being taken by the Government to promote prevention and protect society from possible implication, since the first cases were registered until now. The NHRC stresses the importance of awareness campaigns by the ministries of health and the interior, and other concerned parties to sensitize the population about the importance of staying home more often and avoiding public gatherings, beside other measures aiming at providing adequate means to contain the spread of this epidemic.

The NHRC urges the competent authorities to move forward with its measures within the framework of supporting response to the coronavirus outbreak in conformity with human rights standards and in a manner commensurate with public health risks.

The NHRC notes that the measures and restrictions taken are exceptional measures justified as reasonable, necessary and proportionate in the light of the present circumstances, while stressing the importance of ensuring access to food, water and basic needs and providing health care and services for all without discrimination, including measures to enhance protection of the most vulnerable groups in this exceptional circumstance, especially for people with chronic health conditions, the elderly and people with disabilities, as well as expatriate workers.

In turn, the NHRC will intensify its work in coordination with the competent bodies, to carry out field visits to designated quarantine spots, places of detention, and workers’ accommodation, to ensure compliance with international human rights standards.

At the same time, the NHRC commends community awareness and the wide response of citizens and residents to the precautionary measures and calls for strengthening a spirit of solidarity between civil society institutions, the private sector and other stakeholders, and those involved in awareness-raising activities and preventive efforts.

In conclusion, the NHRC cannot fail to express sincere thanks and gratitude to the medical staff, as well as to the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management and all relevant government officials and civil service employees for their efforts to confront the Coronavirus.

13 Shaaban 1441
6 April 2020
Doha, Qatar

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Mona Al-Mutawa: Qatar has made active steps towards establishing women’s and children’s rights. Doha: March 8, 2020 Ms. Maryam bint […]

Mona Al-Mutawa: Qatar has made active steps towards establishing women’s and children’s rights.

Doha: March 8, 2020

Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee (NH, confirmed that Men and women are completely equal in Islam. Allah Almighty says: “And wish not for the things in which Allah has made some of you exceed others. For men there is a reward for what they have earned, and for women there is a reward for what they have earned. And ask Allah of His bounty. Surely Allah is Ever All-knower of everything”. Moreover, Al Attiyah also noted that Islam honors women, safeguards their chastity, and preserves their dignity. It guarantees the rights confirmed by the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah, e.g. woman’s right to work and education while adhering to the rules and controls of women employment established by Islamic Sharia. Al-Attiyah called for strengthening the legal and rights system, so that women and children can be provided with necessary protection, activating the comprehensive justice system in national legislations, and complying with international covenants related to women’s and children’s rights in a way that does not contradict with the principles of Islamic Sharia.

That was stated in the speech made by Ms. Maryam Al-Attiyah at the opening of the works of the seminar entitled “Legal and Judicial Protection for Women and Children”. The seminar was jointly organized by the National Human Rights Committee and the “Qatar Lawyers Association” and a number of competent authorities in the state as a part of the observance of International Women’s Day. The Secretary-General of the NHRC stated that “The violations and challenges faced by women and children in many parts of the world are due to historical reasons rooted in communities, economic reasons because of poverty and lack of basic services such as health, education, etc., or armed conflicts taking place in many countries, especially in our Arab region.”

Al-Attiyah explained that the seminar is an embodiment of the serious attention given by all towards human rights in general and the rights of women and children in particular, pointing out that the seminar opens the way for researchers, experts and media professionals to conduct further studies and discussions on Legislative, legal and procedural aspects, for the advancement of women and children including guaranteed effective protection of their rights that are internationally recognized and enshrined within the framework of different experiences and practices.
Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah explained that legal and judicial protection for women and children still needs to receive genuine efforts from many countries along with international and regional organizations, to highlight the importance of strengthening the legal and rights system, in order to provide the necessary protection for them; pointing out that the State of Qatar has placed the issue of guaranteeing women’s and child rights at the top priorities of the national strategy and Qatar National Vision 2030, by creating a specialized and effective legislative and institutional environment. At the same time, Al-Attiyah confirmed that the State of Qatar has made many achievements in the field of women’s and children’s rights at the level of enacting new legislation and amending existing legislation, eliminating practical obstacles and resolving many problems that prohibit, impede or put obstacles to women and children enjoyment of their human rights. This is in addition to working to educate on the importance of legislative development that regulates rights of women and children, enabling civil society to play an influential role in this regard and facilitating and improving access to justice, in order to protect all the rights of women and children, putting an end to abuses, and imposing deterrent penalties against whomsoever violates these rights.

Al-Attiyah considered that the annual observance of “International Women’s Day” is an important occasion that expresses great appreciation of the efforts of women in achieving progress and sustainable development in their communities, pointing out that this day is an important occasion for the world to highlight the most prominent achievements made by women in various aspects of life and at all economic, political and social levels, as it is an appropriate opportunity to assess the progress made with regard the enjoyment of women’s rights on the ground. Regarding the protection of children’s rights, Al-Attiyah confirmed that “the International Convention on the Rights of the Child” devotes its provisions to ensuring the preservation of the basic human dignity of all children, emphasizing the importance of enjoying all their rights, working for their well-being and development, and upholding their best interests.

On her part, Ms. Mona Youssef Al-Mutawa, member of the Qatar Lawyers Association, said, “The Association supported by its members used to organize events and seminars that support legal literacy, and enrich the legal community with discussion and studies that serve society as it has become the basis for all works in human activities, pointing out that “this importance has increased with the belief of states and individuals in raising legal awareness and improving it, which was realized by (Qatar’s lawyers) view to raise awareness, and its belief in the role of societal institutions in the formation of an integrated image designed to serve society in all its spectrum and in pursuit of anything that makes community work effectively.
Ms. Mona Al-Mutawa indicated that the State of Qatar had made great strides towards recognition of women’s and children’s rights in all fields under the guidance of H.H. sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, and his vision towards the consolidation and recognition of women’s and children’s rights, noting that the instructions of the Emir was instrumental in moving forward efforts to a practical application. Al-Mutawa also added that “Qatari women have been assigned leadership positions starting from ministerial posts and the university presidency and in the areas of judiciary and prosecution, they also practiced law efficiently and competently, as well as entry into the diplomatic and parliamentary career.”

It is worth mentioning that the seminar discussed in its agenda many topics and working papers, the first session was entitled “international conventions and treaties”. The session reviewed a number of working papers on “The rights of the child: a call for action”, “the rights of women and children in the comparative conventions and laws” and “International conventions and their compatibility with domestic legislation and laws”. the second session was entitled ” domestic legislation and laws”. The session reviewed “the reflection of Qatar National Vision 2030 on laws relating to women and children”, “Law’s View of Arab Women .. Between Reality and Expectation”, ” empowerment of women in the legal field ” and ” Foster mothers in Qatari law “.

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We are ready to hand the Secretary General of the Cooperation Council a complete file on documented violations of human […]

We are ready to hand the Secretary General of the Cooperation Council a complete file on documented violations of human rights of gulf peoples

The blockade will remain a black point in the history of the Gulf Cooperation Council

Immediate Ending the suffering of the victims is a top priority regardless of efforts and initiatives to solve the crisis politically

A widespread failure and total inability of the Arab and Gulf mechanisms for human rights to redress the victims and provide redress for them

The Cooperation Council is required to review its human rights system, which has failed to stop violations of the rights of peoples

Members of the House of Representatives called on Pompeo to take immediate measures to force the blockading states to stop their punitive measures

Representatives are able to urge the American administration to take measures to stop the 1000-day blockade

The blockading states try to cover up their failure by punishing civilians who are not guilty of a political dispute between governments

Washington on Saturday, February 29, 2020

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, called on the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council to assume its responsibilities in dealing with the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by the blockade of Qatar 1000 days, stressing “the National Committee’s readiness to hand over the new Secretary-General a complete file on the consequences of the siege, And the human suffering it causes 1000 days ago, we hope that it will be ended immediately, as a top priority, regardless of the efforts and initiatives to solve the crisis politically.

In a statement on the sidelines of his visit to the American capital, Washington, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri said: “We hope that H.E. Dr. Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf. Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, can play an effective role to solve the crisis in its humanitarian aspect in the first place, According his duties and the internal system of the Cooperation Council, and to rectify the failure and total inability of the Gulf and Arab mechanisms for human rights to redress the victims and provide reparations for them since the beginning of the blockade imposed on Qatar since June 2017. ” Al Marri added: “We at the National Human Rights Committee are ready to cooperate with the Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council and deliver a complete file on the humanitarian repercussions of the crisis, including documented violations of the rights of citizens and residents in the State of Qatar and the Gulf states as a whole.” Al Marri stressed that “the blockade will remain a black point in the history of the Gulf Cooperation Council, not only because of its profound humanitarian impact on Gulf society; but also because the Gulf citizens were shocked by the inability of their official institutions to resolve the crisis. Unfortunately, He concluded, “Regardless of the outcomes of the negotiations and the political course of the crisis, the Gulf Cooperation Council should review its human rights system that has failed to address the grave and serious violations of the rights of the peoples of the region.”

Congressional representatives condemn the punishment of civilians on the pretext of a political dispute

On the other hand, Dr. Al-Marri affirmed that members of the U.S. House of Representatives addressed Mr. Michael Richard Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State, to urge him to move and take effective and immediate measures to stop the blockade imposed on Qatar and put an end to the grave violations affecting citizens and residents of Qatar, pointing out that the deputies In Congress expressed their indignation and rejection of the continuation of punitive measures that affect civilians in the State of Qatar and depriving them of their political rights, under the pretext of a political dispute! Within his series of official meetings in Washington, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri met with a number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Congressman Timothy Floyd Burchett, the oldest member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and member of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, Congressman Billy Long, Co-Chair of the US-Qatar Strategic Relations assembly, Congressman Raja Krishenmorte, member of US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Congressman Jim Langevin, member of the US House Armed Services Committee; Congressman Rick Larsen, member of the US House Armed Services Committee; Congressman Eric Swalwell former presidential candidate and member of the US House Subcommittee on Intelligence Modernisation and Readiness; Congressman Adam Smith, Chairman of the US House Armed Services Committee.

Dr. Al Marri also met with Congressman Alan Lowenthal, executive member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. He thanked him for the commission’s positions, calling on the Commission to take more moves and educating the American community about the implications of the blockade imposed on Qatar.

During his meetings with the members of the US House of Representatives, Dr. Al-Marri presented an overview of the repercussions of the blockade, warning of the grave consequences resulting from the continued human suffering of thousands of citizens and residents, not only in Qatar but in all the GCC countries. Responding to questions from members of the US House of Representatives about the moves taken by NHRC, Dr. Al Marri provided an overview of the efforts being made at the judicial and legal levels, pointing out that the NHRC is committed to its promises to the victims not to renounce the prosecution and condemnation of the blockading states until the victims are compensated and provided redress. Al Marri added the people of Qatar have lived through 1,000 days of violations against the Gulf people, intransigence in harming the citizens and residents, and reprisals and collective punishments that the blockading countries failed to find a justification. Al Marri added that it’s hard to assess the extent and nature of damage and suffering of the people of the region as a result of decisions of the blockading countries to cover up their failure by punishing civilians who have nothing to do with political disputes between governments. On the expected role of the House of Representatives of the US Congress to stop the suffering of those affected by the blockade, Dr. Al-Marri said that the representatives of parliaments in the world have a great responsibility to defend people who are subject to serious violations of their rights. Al Marri explained that he visited the US repeatedly and called for making more efforts to urge the US administration to take effective measures and pressure the blockading countries to stop their violations that have lasted for 1,000 days. Al Marri concluded by saying that NHRC looks forward to a greater role for the world’s parliaments to put an end to human rights violations, , affirming our full confidence that the legal measures taken before international bodies will inevitably lead to international condemnation and compensation to the victims.

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