Doha: (Gulf Times: 16/3/2010): As part of a newly-launched partnership, the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) in association with the Le Mediateur De La Republic institution, yesterday started a course on human rights for participants from local NGOs and government departments.
Le Mediateur De La Republic is an institution which has been devoted — since its creation in 1973 — to improving relations between the French government and the citizens as well as examining the inappropriateness of certain legislations, procedures or their interpretation.
The course aims to introduce the social mediation concept and techniques to members of the Qatari NGOs and to highlight the civil society role in human rights protection, a spokesman at the NHRC said.
Addressing an opening session of the two-day course, the NHRC secretary general Mariam al-Attiyah said the course was only the beginning of a partnership between the committee and the French institution to develop the skills and the human rights related knowledge of the participants. “It is important for us to study and learn from the French experiment in human rights protection which has led to the creation of an effective mechanism for human rights in the French society,” al-Attiyah said.
The course on mediation will be followed by a second course by the Catholic University of Lyon.
Christian le Roux, director of the Le Mediateur De La Republic cabinet, hailed the partnership with the NHRC on human rights, saying that it took France decades to achieve its present democratic transformation.