Doha: (Agencies: 11/11/2008): Qatar today marks the National Human Rights Day commencing annually on November 11 with tremendous achievements to showcase at the local and international levels.
An official statement said that Qatar has set up numerous organisations and institutions that promote basic human rights, freedom, justice and equality.
In a press briefing to Qatar News Agency (QNA), Dr Ali bin Simaikh Al Merri, Secretary-general of National Human Right Committee (NHRC), said Qatar has given the greatest importance to human rights. This was followed by formation of several offices for the rights of all segments of society. “Some of these offices are NHRC, Human Right Department both at the Interior and Foreign Ministries, National Office for Combating Trafficking in Humans, Arab Democracy Foundation, and Qatari House among others.
And in the context of marking the occasion, NHRC organized three forums at the Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday, 8th November 2008, Sunday, 9th November 2008 and on Monday, 10th November 2008.
On Saturday, Dr. Abdul Bari Attwan, Chief Editor of Al-Quds newspaper delivered a lecture on "The Future of Political Reform in the Arab World under newly elected US president Barak Obama", while on Sunday, a lecture on "Democracy and Human Rights in the Arab World" was delivered by Dr. Saad Edin Ibrahim, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Foundation for Democracy.
On the third and final day, prominent journalists from al-Jazeera’s Public Liberties and Human Rights Desk: Sami al-Hajj, Lutfi Hajji and Hassan al-Mehemer jointly debated "The Role of Media in Promoting and Protecting Human Rights.