The NHRC Chairman Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri and the Yemini Ministry of Human Rights Dr. Izz Al-Deen Al-Asbahi signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the areas of human rights; It covered many areas of cooperation, including issues related to the development of the human rights system, strategies and action plans. It also took into account the development of future relations between both sides and the dissemination of concepts pertaining to the support and protection of human rights and the development of a bilateral framework so that each party would benefit from the technical and institutional expertise of the other party.
The memo stated that priority should be given to activities aimed at strengthening cooperation to develop the support and protection of human rights systems and the associated skills related to the institutional development of human rights (governmental and non-governmental), the development of plans and strategies, implementation of human rights and support for capacity building.
It also dealt with the exchange of experiences in the field of human rights and support programs and activities for human rights education, cooperation in providing consultancy and research, supporting and strengthening cooperation in the fight against trafficking in human beings and other priority areas.
Dr. Al Marri, added that the government of Qatar took serious steps to solve problems and challenges relating to to the present sponsorship and exit permit system, where the draft of the amended law has been forwarded to the NHRC earlier and it had given its views and recommendations.the draft law seeks to achieve balance between the rights of workers and their employers and offers more guarantees of freedom and protection to foreign workers.The NHRC, he said, was established more than 12 years ago, and was mature enough to share its experiences with Yemen.
Al Isbahi said that the MOU covered many areas of cooperation, including issues related to development of human rights systems, strategies and action plans in his country.Support for capacity building in the area of human rights is to be one of the main areas of cooperation, said the minister.