Doha: (NHRC 21/10/2009): NHRC’s Media and Public Relations Unit held a press conference at NHRC HQ Tuesday morning.
At the beginning the head of the unit Mr. Abdullah Ali Al Mahmoud reviewed NHRC activities on human rights awareness in the community on several levels confirming views Her Excellency NHRC Secretary General, Mz. Maryam bint Abdullah al-Attiyah underlined in a speech in Mesaieed on Monday on the Commission’s intention to issue a "code of conduct for social committement".
Launching a series of awareness workshops, which aimed at promoting human rights culture among management and staff of various companies at Mesaieed Industrial City, Her Excellency said that NHRC is working in earnest to establish a key partnership with industrial and commercial firms in the country to ensure respect for Human Rights in the Workplace.
Mr. Al-Mahmoud then gave the floor to NHRC Chairman, Yousof Obaidan to further build on the subject summed up by Her Excellency at Mesaieed.
Dr Yusuf Obaidan opened his press statement by saying that although the companies targeted by the drive were in oil and gas sectors, the drive will also include contracting and construction companies in a later stage.
“We know that human rights violations are more likely to occur in construction companies than in oil companies where safety requirements are adequately followed,” Dr Obaidan added.
Dr Obaidan said the workshops, which started on Monday and will continue until November 2, draw a strong response from the staff and management of the companies where they have been implemented.
Some nine companies from Mesaieed Industrial City are participating in the workshops. He said that a code of conduct could be drafted for companies at workshops.
“We need to promote human rights culture among the whole community, including workers. This is one of the main mandates of the NHRC. If we can come out with a code of conduct which complies with our community traits, we have no problem with publishing it,” he added.
It might even be included in the NHRC 2009 report, and as such be open to being reviewed by the cabinet of ministers and eventually drafted as a state law.