- Course focused on relations between charity & humanitarian work & human rights;
- Implementing Human Rights best way to counter poverty
Doha: 1/1/2008: Manal Abbas of the Arabic daily "Arrayah" reported in today’s issue on the closing session on Human & Economic rights jointly organized by Qatar Authority for Charitable Activities and the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) for developing the participant’s (Charity and Humanitarian workers and concerned government departments personnel) knowledge and practical skills to enable them understand in depth the issues involved in the process linking sustainable development to food security in the campaign of countering poverty.
The reporter focused on discussions at a round table debate, one of four forums, on relations between charity and humanitarian work, on one side, and human rights, on the other.
NHRC legal adviser, Nejwa al-Orabi addressed the round table group on the subject saying that the Human rights concept has now expanded to include economic, social and cultural activities in addition to the early traditional field of politics and civil society. As such human rights now include civil society organization represented by national, non-governmental and charity and humanitarian organizations as well as political parties and trade unions.
In this respect, Ms. Orabi referred to what has been achieved in the second international conference on human rights held in Vienna in 1993 which underlined the fact that development, democracy and human rights should be considered as a package therapy for countering poverty. Therefore she went on to say proper mechanisms should be established to consolidate the new concept which considers the eradication of poverty as a duty and not a charity.
Countering poverty, she concluded is part and parcel of the campaign for the protection of human rights.
Workers in the fields of charity and humanitarian work, she went on to say should look for solutions through looking at various rights as an inseparable package.
At the end of the session their excellencies, Ahmad Ben Mohammad al-Mraikhi, director general of the Qatar Authority for Charitable Activities and Dr. Yusof Obaidan, NHRC member presented certificates and awards to participles who successfully completed the course.
The training course also covered four other forums including one for the United Nations network of Human rights bodies, another for economic and social rights: principles and substance, a third for economic and social rights: general executive measures and a fourth for economic rights impact on sustainable development.
60 representatives of Charity and Humanitarian organizations and concerned government departments took part in the training session which was also held to cement the partnership between the Authority and NHRC.