How do you see the freedom of the press in Qatar?

The National Human Rights Committee has signed several memoranda of understanding to strengthen the partnership with civil society organizations, research centers concerned with human rights and other national institutions. This cooperation resulted in dozens of activities and programs that reflected the cooperation and exchange of information and experiences in the protection and promotion of human rights.

A – Partnerships with civil society organizations:

– The American Center for International Labor Solidarity:

It is a civil society organization founded in 1997 in Washington, The Solidarity Center’s mission is to help build a global labor movement by strengthening the economic and political power of workers around the world through effective, independent, and democratic unions. The Solidarity Center sponsors programs in nearly 60 countries through a network of 23 field offices.

The National Human Rights Committee signed a memorandum of understanding with the Centre in 2009 for the purpose of conducting programs and activities on training and capacity building, including a series of seminars on training-of-trainers (ToT), through activists from different communities residing in Qatar were are trained with the aim to train others; this program achieved its goal through training 80 persons from various labor-exporting countries and they in turn will train 2,000 workers residing in Qatar until 2013.

The American Center for International Labor Solidarity aims to build relationships with trade unions in the countries of origin of migrant workers.

In 2010, representatives of the Committee visited India, Sri Lanka , the Philippines, Nepal, and met representatives of trade unions and national institutions for human rights and labor organizations to discuss problems related to employment in the State of Qatar, and discussed the necessary proposals to amend the legislative and executive frameworks and in those countries and in Qatar.

In 2011, representatives of trade unions of Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Philippines visited Qatar. These experiences, visits and exchanging information and best practices are the first of its kind for the work of the National Human Rights Committee.

– The Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA):

It is conceived in 1990, it is a regional network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), associations and trade unions of migrant workers, and individual advocates in Asia who are committed to protect and promote the rights and welfare of migrant workers.

The NHRC signed a memorandum of understanding with the MFA in May 2012 for the purpose of improving conditions of workers in countries of origin and the receiving countries.

This cooperation resulted in hosting several regional workshops on the rights of migrant workers in collaboration with The Asia Pacific (APF) and the Diplomatic Training Program (DTP), most recently in October 2013 .

– The international coalition for the ratification of The Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure (OP3CRC):

This coalition aims to mobilize the efforts of government and non- governmental organizations in order to encourage States to ratify the Protocol, it includes many of the civil society and national institutions for human rights and government institutions, it is based in Geneva. the National Human Rights Committee has joined The coalition in 2012.

– The Egyptian Center for Law Awareness:

It is a regional, non -governmental organizations, established in accordance with the provisions of Egyptian law.

Activities of the Centre include issuing books, pamphlets and periodicals in print and electronic forms, organizing training programs, conferences, seminars and workshops, conducting legal and legislative studies and researches, preparing worksheets, as well as establishing universities and academic science and research institutions, cooperating with government and non- governmental organizations inside and outside of Egypt, simplifying the language of the law and spreading the culture of the law in all the related professions and jobs, according to its specialty.

The NHRC signed a memorandum of understanding with the Centre in 2012 which resulted in organizing of the many activities.

B – Partnerships with government agencies

– Community Development Authority (CDA Dubai):

It was established in accordance with a decree law of the Ruler of Dubai, in July 2008. The Authority is responsible for regulating and developing the frameworks of community development in the Emirate of Dubai to achieve the goals of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015. The panel includes a section for Human Rights to provide assistance and advice to support individuals and institutions in the field of human rights. It receives complaints relating to human rights and follow up on these complaints with the concerned authorities, it also ensures the application of all the parties in Dubai to the requirements of human rights, monitoring and analyzing reports of international, local, government or non -governmental organizations.

the National Human Rights Committee signed a memorandum of understanding with the Centre in 2011 .

C – Partnerships with national institutions:

The NHRC signed a number of memoranda of understanding with similar institutions working in the field of human rights, including:

– Mediator of the French Republic:

It was established in 1973 in the field of mediation between leaderships and citizens. It is concerned with mediation process addressing social and economic rights.

It is called colloquially “the People’s Advocate” and It is known in  under the name “Office of the Ombudsman”.

The NHRC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the “Mediator of the French Republic” in 2008 for cooperation and exchange of information and programs. The cooperation resulted in receiving Master’s Scholarship Program for employees in the field of Human Rights from the center of Lyon, France.

  • The National Council for Public Freedoms and Human Rights, Libya, in 2012
  • The National Human Rights Commission, Mauritania , in 2011
  • The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), Saudi Arabia, in 2009.
  • The National Advisory Committee on the Promotion and Protection of Human rights, Algeria, in 2012
  • The Sudan’s National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR), in 2013
  • The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sri Lanka, in 2012

These agreements resulted in many programs and joint activities in the field of promotion and protection of human rights.

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