The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) released two new guide books for education and healthcare centers in co-operation with the Supreme Education Council and Supreme Council of Health.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, author of the guides, Dr. Mohammed Saif al Kuwari said, “These guidelines further boost NHRC’s goals to protect human rights in Qatar. They elaborate an individual’s right to education and right to good health at education and healthcare centers; rights to education and health are enshrined in Articles 49 and 23 of the Permanent Constitution of the State of Qatar issued in 2004; the right to education leads to empowering and strengthening other rights, without proper education a person will neither know his/her rights, violations nor be able to defend them where the healthcare guide aims to monitor human rights related to health, identify infringements, violations, providing suggestions and assistance to solve them. Both guides have five chapters each that cover constitution, international conventions, laws, education and health systems, standards, services, safety and references. The right to education is guaranteed by all regional, international conventions, charters and treaties such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), Convention on the Rights of the Child, Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.The education guide aims at setting conditions and standards for the state of human rights related to ensuring the right to education in order to boost and protect them, the objective of the preparation of the guide is to take advantage of monitoring human rights situation in learning institution, as the targeted groups in the guide are students of all groups and various educational levels, the guide aims to set standards of human rights to ensure every citizen’s right to education according to applicable regulations and laws of the State, t endeavors to empower persons with disabilities to equally gain good and collective learning in the societies they live. Similarly, every member of the society has the right to receive the best quality of healthcare as per the Constitution of Qatar, Arab, regional and international conventions and charters. It should take into account a resident’s physical, mental and social conditions without delay or discrimination because of race, religion, or other such factors, the preamble of the guide to hospitals and healthcare centers says.”
The guide for human rights to education and learning centers came among several clues, including five chapters ,The first entry tackles education and human rights, The second is discussed in light of the educational guide according to the constitution in addition to the national, Arabic, and International laws, The third displays the educational system, The forth explains the educational set, and The fifth deals with indicators of education quality in regards of adopted international standards.
The guide for human rights to health, hospitals and healthcare centers came among several clues, including six chapters, The first chapter tackles Healthcare in the Constitution, National, Arab and International Conventions and Laws, The second is discussed of the health system, The third displays the Quality indicators of health services in accordance with accredited international standards, The forth explains the health service, The fifth deals with Safety of Patients in Hospitals, Healthcare and Medical Centers, and The sixth chapter deals with references.
Refuting the two guides would conflict with the two councils existing rules, Al Kuwari said, “the Supreme Education Council and Supreme Council of Health have reviewed and approved the guidelines. There is no conflict between their guidelines and NHRC guides.The NHRC has published both the guides in Arabic and English languages.”