The National Human Rights Committee celebrated Qatar national Human Rights Day at the Cultural Village (Katara) with the participation of a large number of the families of the NHRC’s staff and a number of government institutions, civil society organizations, communities, citizens and residents of the State of Qatar.
Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the NHRC stated in her speech on the occasion of the national Human Rights Day that this day marks a turning point to elevate the culture of human rights and stress the values and traditions of respect for human rights in our beloved State, pointing out that the decree law on establishing the National Human Rights Committee reflects a long-term vision for the leadership of governance in our State after which major developments in human rights issues were achieved not only in Qatar but at the regional and international levels. She added that the National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar has gained a regional and international weight that grants it a strong voice in all the human affairs, where the institutional and independent work of the NHRC and its substantive initiatives allowed it to be an ideal model in the leading platforms in the field of human rights institutions.
Al-Attiyah stressed that every year witnesses new positive developments with regard to human rights, where the potential legislative amendments expected in the labor law, which was announced by Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah, Minister of Foreign Affairs in May 2013 is a quantum leap in the way of the legislative development of the State and we hope to see these amendments light soon. She added that one of these developments is opening offices for communities of labor-exporting countries headquartered at the NHRC, this has contributed a lot in finding solutions to several issues and problems and facing challenges they may face them. Thanks to support for the principles of human rights by the state leadership, traditions and human tolerance in the State, the process of institutional advancement of human rights in the State of Qatar arose, which in turn facilitated our mission in disseminating the human rights culture that was respected in the Islamic law before the Western world put it in their constitutions and laws.
Al Attiyah extended congratulations on the occasion of the national day of human rights for the Emir, government, citizens and residents and stated that It is the right of everyone living in this land to live with dignity, this is what our ancestors taught us before we know books and international laws, and what our government is keen to under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar and His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
Mr. Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, head of the Public Relations and Media unit, stated that we are keen to celebrate with the public in the cultural village (Katara). This year, we have several official participants from the Ministry of Social Affairs, The Productive families Development Department, the Childhood Cultural Center and Audio Education complex, number of participants reached more than 300 persons and the event included distribution of leaflets that define the activities and objectives of the NHRC and human rights in general.