December 9, 2018
The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar celebrates the International Day of Human Rights, which falls on 10 December of each year, in its seventieth anniversary under the slogan: human rights for peace. It also marks the date on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted in 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which marks the culmination of the march of all advocates of the values of freedom, dignity and equality around the world, as well as the first building block in the global human rights system that seeks to ensure A minimum of rights for all human beings and subsequently formulated in written and binding documents of all States.
Thanks to the Declaration and the States’ commitments to its principles, the dignity of millions of people has been revived and the basis for a more just world has been established, although the Declaration has not yet been fully realized, but it has stood the test of the past decades. This demonstrates its ever-lasting universal character and lasting values of equality, justice and dignity and Humanity.
The United Nations Human Rights Day has chosen this year to be a year-long celebration of seven decades since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration establishes the principles of equality and dignity for every human being and stipulates that every government has a fundamental duty to enable all people to enjoy all Their inalienable rights and freedoms.
On this occasion, the National Human Rights Committee expresses on the occasion of the celebration of this day (World Human Rights Day) hopes to increase the synergy of national, regional and global action to promote the timeless principles set forth in the International Bill and other human rights conventions, And to continue to put an end to such crimes and to violations and to enable peoples to enjoy their full rights without further discrimination at the international level, especially those who face most important problems at present due to the military trends, conflicts and crises affecting the enjoyment of human rights. The absence of criminal justice to punish the perpetrators of human rights violations, as well as the issue of the protection of journalists and the refugee problem, is a long, painstaking and continuous human tragedy whose causes differ but have the same consequences of depriving them of all their human rights. Therefore, the international community, represented by the United Nations, had to provide and activate mechanisms for the protection of refugees and to defend their lives and rights in accordance with international human rights law in times of war or peace.
The State of Qatar considers respect for human rights a top priority in accordance with international human rights standards and works to strengthen them through continuous development of legislation, procedures and practices on the ground.
The Committee affirms that at the national level, the State of Qatar has achieved pioneering achievements in the protection and promotion of human rights for citizens, residents and all those under the jurisdiction of the State of Qatar. The Committee appreciates the recent accession of the State of Qatar to the International Covenants on Human Rights, Which will have a positive impact on the strategies, policies and legislation of the State of Qatar, most notably the Qatar Vision 2030, where the state adopted under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the state Qatar, a legislative approach consistent with the principles of the maintenance of these rights and respect and promotion and protection in all areas and encourages the NHRC to continue the state development and trends.
In this context, the Committee has been working since its establishment under Decree Law No. 38 of 2002 to carry out its role in the consolidation, promotion and protection of human rights. It has achieved many achievements and has faced some challenges. The committee has been fully accredited status A by the sub-Committee on Accreditation of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), which is the umbrella of the National Human Rights Committees since 2010-2015. It was also re-accredited the same status in 2015 for the next five years. It is an indication of the Committee’s commitment to the Paris Principles governing the work of National Human Rights Committees as well as full membership in the Pacific Asia Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF). The NHRC is always working to develop the work of the tools and cooperation with all internal and international bodies.
In light of the continued unjust blockade imposed on the State of Qatar, which affects peace and security in the region and the enjoyment of the human rights of the peoples of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and violates the provisions of international law and human rights and divine laws, the Committee notes that it has worked continuously without interruption from the first moment to receive the complaints submitted by the affected citizens and residents and carry out its international movement and coordination with all international bodies concerned to lift the blockade, and make all possible efforts to mitigate its repercussions on the citizens and residents of Qatar, including citizens of the blockade.
The NHRC will continue its efforts with international human rights organizations and bodies on violations of the rights of citizens and residents of the State of Qatar. In celebration of World Human Rights Day, the Committee affirms its role in promoting human rights in all fields in cooperation and coordination with all concerned governmental and non-governmental bodies in the State. Through its implementation of its current strategic plan for the years 2017-2022, the Committee seeks to raise awareness and education on all human rights, introduce international conventions and national legislation, focus on all issues of citizens and residents, and seek to promote and protect human rights.