Sept. 09 / QNA / Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri, NHRC Secretary-General stressed the importance of raising public awareness to the importance of promoting human rights culture adding that Qatar provides all guarantees needed to safeguard and protect human rights of both citizens and residents in the country.
Speaking at a dialogue session held at ‘The Green Tent" at The Friends of the Environment Centre in Doha, Dr. Al-Merry took up the theme of the dialogue session: "Human Rights of Citizens and Expats in Qatar". He began by saying that those rights are guaranteed by the country’s constitution, which devotes 24 articles in section III covering the rights and duties of both citizen and expat. The legislation, he added, guarantees freedoms for all. He numerated a number of laws that ensure those rights such as those covering nationality, the settling of administrative disputes, elections and those establishing the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) as human rights offices at ministries of Foreign and Interior affairs as well as the National Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons and the Qatari Foundation for the Protection of Children and Women.
On the day-to-day business at the NHRC, his Excellency said that the establishment is dealing with issues of concern to citizens regarding housing. Main issues of concern in the expats domain, he went on to say, are related to deportation procedures, transfer of sponsorship and payment dues.
Dr. Al-Marri praised the high level of cooperation between the NHCR and other ministries and departments concerned, such as the State Labour Department and Ministry of Labour.
At the session also attended by NHRC specialists and professional, Dr. Al-Marri responded in to questions from the audience.