Sayed Ahmed: Reporting and making recommendations and proposals on the human rights situation is one of the most important functions of national institutions
Doha: 20 July 2020
Ms. Maryam Bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee, described the process of preparing reports in the field of human rights in its scientific and professional manner, which is characterized by accuracy, credibility and transparency, as “the backbone of the work of national institutions.” This came in the opening speech delivered by Ms. Maryam Al Attiyah during the online training workshop on “Preparing and Writing Reports in the Field of Human Rights” that was organized by the National Human Rights Committee in cooperation with the United Nations Center for Training and Documentation in the Field of Human Rights for Southwest Asia and the Arab Region For the benefit of the committee’s employees and representatives of the relevant ministries in addition to the National Institute of Statistics.
Al-Attiyah said: The process of preparing and writing reports is one of the most important roles of national human rights institutions, through which they undertake multiple efforts and contribute effectively to the process of spreading the culture of human rights at the national level, and added: Especially when these reports come together with their recommendations about the situation of Human rights, and what must be done in accordance with the state’s obligations stipulated in the international covenants it has ratified, and in light of the advice provided by national human rights institutions to state institutions.
The Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee noted the urgent necessity to work on training national cadres to perform the task of preparing reports, in order to ensure the high quality of the reports submitted by national institutions, whether internal or external, national or international, and other types of reports, in accordance with their mandate and competencies in the process of promoting and protecting human rights, pointing out that the training workshop comes to introduce and explain the methodology of preparing reports, its mechanisms, objectives, types, and the basic principles of monitoring and information gathering.
For his part, Dr. Abdel Salam Said Ahmed, Director of the United Nations Center for Training and Documentation in the Field of Human Rights for Southwest Asia and the Arab Region said Human rights monitoring is one of the most important tasks of national human rights institutions within the framework of the protection mandate and stressed the need for this mandate to include monitoring of economic, social and cultural rights in addition to civil and political rights, and that national institutions must have the authority to collect the information and evidence they need to perform this function effectively.
In his last opening speech, Dr. Abdel Salam Sid Ahmed affirmed that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights will continue to support and encourage the establishment and strengthening of national institutions and work closely with them to promote and protect human rights. It is noteworthy that the training workshop aimed at introducing the principles of monitoring and gathering information and general principles for writing reports in the field of human rights and the process of adopting human rights standards and indicators in the monitoring and reporting process. The workshop also reviewed the experience of the National Human Rights Committee on reporting at the national and international levels.