Doha: (Millennium Hotel -29/9/2010): His Excellency, – NHRC Chairman, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri has participated in the Workshop of Experts on Human Rights on the "future vision for the United Nations Centre for Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab region in the field of human rights, "which opened at the Doha Millennium Hotel on Wednesday, 29/9/10, and concludes Thursday evening 30/9/10.
H.E. delivered a speech at the opening session in which he drew attention to the exclusive nature of the human rights situation in the region covered by the "Center" because of a number of contentious issues such as development, security and stability, and the promotion of the values of democracy, good governance and the rule of law and citizenship rights and duties-issues that make it imperative for the center, as it takes its first steps on the road to its goals, to develop plans and strategies capable of achieving its objectives in relation to programs and training activities, documentation, information gathering, awareness programs and improving general performance-all in light of the challenges and priorities facing the region.
Opening the session, His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Jassim Al Thani – Director of the Office of Human Rights, at the Foreign ministry, gave a speech in which he stressed that hosting the UN Centre in Doha comes in line with Qatar’s reform policy and its growing interest in the promotion and protection of human rights which is now one of the country’s strategic objectives that constitute the backbone of its comprehensive reform policy in all areas as emphasized in the Qatar National 2030 Vision-a document that covers all the important themes related to key issues of human rights in the areas of education, health, environment and rights of migrant workers as well as women’s empowerment and child rights.
Also speaking at the meeting was Mr. Faraj Fneish – Head of Middle East and North Africa, UNHCR High Commissioner for Human Rights and Dr. Amin Mekki Medani – an independent expert in the field of human rights.Participants in the first working session meanwhile called for preparing a comprehensive integrated Asian draft plan covering human rights issues in all countries coming under the umbrella of the United Nations Centre for Training and Documentation for South-West Asia and the region.
Topics discussed during the first session meanwhile covered the "current situation of human rights in the region and the challenges facing member states both on the short-and long-term … as well as short coming in the fields of knowledge and education in the area of human rights in the Arab region