Geneva: (Agencies): 19/5/2011: The National Human Rights Council (NHRC) held an art exhibition on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 24th session of the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions held in Geneva for three days. Committee Chairman Dr. Ali Bin Smikh El Merri inaugurated the exhibit along with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem (Navi) Pillay and Chairperson of International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions Rosalyn Noonan.
A number of participants and senior officials in the office of Higher Commission for Human Rights and the International Coordinating Committee also attended the opening of the exhibition. The attendants then toured the exhibit, viewing a number of different cultural forms such as books and paintings which reflect the State of Qatar’s interest in Human Rights.All the attendants praised the exhibit as it provided them with the opportunity to realize the State of Qatar’s great strides in establishing the importance of human rights globally.
One of the pieces that got the attention of the visitors was a book entitled “Islam and Human Rights” as the book played a visible role in correcting the image of Islam and reflecting it in its true light, as a religion of tolerance. In an exclusive statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA), El Merri said that the aim of the exhibit is to stress that human rights are not the result of this century, and to prove that it is not a result of the western heritage alone. He highlighted the contribution of the book which showed that the culture of human rights was found in Islam and in Muslims 14 centuries ago, adding that the issue of human rights is culture shared between all the people in the world.
Noonan said that the exhibit did show the spirit of human right in Islam, she pointed out to paintings and books found in the exhibit that affirm the fact that the issue of human rights is a culture shared by all people worldwide. For his part, Member of the NHRC in Oman Rashid Hamed Humaid Al Balushi described the exhibit is part of the message the Arab and Muslim world has to the world, which is to deliver the true message of Islam to others. He believed that the exhibit will help deliver that message.