Paris: (20/11/2008): An NHRC delegation headed by His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri; acting NHRC Chairman today visited the French capital Paris.
The delegations schedule included visits to a number of Human Rights bodies and institutions where important meetings brought together members of the delegation and a number of officials in the French parliament, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in addition to presidential advisor, Jean-Paul Dolafua and the Minister of State for Human Rights.
In a statement to Al-Raya Jean-Paul Dolafua said that his country highly appreciates the pioneering role of Qatar under the leadership of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in the field of consolidating a culture of human rights in the Arab region and on the international level.
He added that the two sides are considering a partnership project aiming at strengthening democratic institutions and promoting a culture of human rights stressing that the visit has already yielded the signing of the first protocol in the context of the partnership project the two sides have anticipated.
The two sides have also signed another important protocol with the Institute of Lyon for Human Rights, in Central France.
In an interview with Al-Raya His Excellency Dr. Ali al-Marri said that the Protocol seeks to achieve several objectives including the promotion of activities related to the exchange of research and studies, and the organization of training courses and specialized meetings. The Lyon Institute for Human Rights has also agreed to allocate two scholarships for students from Qatar to prepare Master’s degrees in the field of human rights.
At the same time, Dolafua underlined the important visit by French secretary of state for human rights Rama Yade during which it was agreed that France set up a training center for judges, and to exchange training courses.
For her part, Ms. Yad Secretary of State for Human Rights, expressed satisfaction with the current cooperation levels between Qatar and France, on one hand, and with close personal relations between the leadership in Doha and the Elyse, on the other.
Dr. al-Marry meanwhile, expressed gratitude for the warm reception and hospitality with which the NHRC delegation, H.E. led have received during their stay in France.