Doha: (NHRC: 7/4/2010): Under the patronage of H.E. the prime minister and foreign minister, SH Hamad Ben Jassem Ben Jabor Al-Thani, NHRC will host the first Gulf Forum for South-West Asia and the Arab Region Human Rights Institutes under the theme, “The Promotion and Protection of Human Rights- Challenges, Achievements and Aspirations. The Forum will be held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel from 20th to 21ST April 2010.
It may be worth mentioning here that The United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region has been opened by the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay and H.E. the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ahmad Bin Abdullah Al-Mahoud in Doha in December 2008.
At the opening ceremony, the Minister underscored the support of the Qatar government for the work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), pledging a donation to the Office of U.S. $1 million. Qatar offered to host the Centre in Doha when it was first proposed in 2004 at the 12th session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Framework on Human Rights.
The agreement between the government of Qatar and OHCHR establishing the Centre reaffirms the emphasis the UN Charter places on international cooperation in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights.