Doha : ( NHRC: 27 / 5 / 2008 ) : NHRC secretary general, Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh al-Marry has emphasized that child care issues have acquired a central position amongst issues that enjoy attention on a global level as these issues require added social attention worldwide.
In his opening speech at a forum jointly organized by NHRC and The Qatar Orphan Foundation which opened on Monday 26th May 2008 at the NHRC Headquarters, under the theme: " The Rights of Orphans in Sharia (Islamic Laws), international covenants and national legislation, Dr. al-Marry added that Divine legislation proved to be well ahead legislations approved by nationals anywhere on the globe.
Divine laws, he added, highly evaluate Man, be they orphans or otherwise, as being the jewel of all creation, a blessing and a joy just to look at-an apple’s eye. Religion therefore urges Man to raise coherent families based on love of good values such as cooperation and caring for one another in a fully synchronized performance where the week or the needy know that his able brethren won’t spare effort or time to enable them to acquire near parity with them.
Dr. al-Marry then referred to child and orphan right in Qatari legislation in light of Social Security law (38) in 1995, the Housing Act number (2) in 2007 as well as family, juvenile and nationality laws. He also made reference to legislation in the pipeline for children which he said will further protect the rights of the orphan.
Dr. al-Marry then stressed that the objective of the Forum on the Rights of Orphans in Sharia, international covenants and national legislation is to raise awareness of society of orphan rights aimed at making up for their sense of loss and provide normal services to so as to enable them to embrace an integrated living and coaching educationally.
The one-day form was also addressed by Dr. Abdul Hamid Al-Ansari, dean of the Faculty of Sharia and Law at the University of Qatar and former professor of Islamic Studies. Mr. Khalid Kamal director general of The Qatar Orphan Foundation gave an illustrated presentation on the criterion governing orphan care procedure.
Dr Abdul Hamid Al-Ansari meanwhile spoke on the rights of the orphan in Islamic Sharia and international covenants, explaining that orphans are not like other children, as they need greater attention, care and protection. In this context he stressed the attention of Islamic Sharia orphans whose status was addressed in 23 Quranic verses prohibiting their oppression or abuse. Sharia, he added, has detailed a mechanism to protect orphan property and preserve their dignity…
For his part, Mr. Khalid Kamal stressed the role of the country’s wise leadership in the light of the active contribution by HH Shaikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs exemplified in the establishment of the Qatar Orphan Foundation Dreemah+.
Dr. Khalid described the Foundation based in Doha as a special social independent institution enjoying full capacity to act so as to achieve the objectives of social solidarity between groups of orphans and society in accordance with Islamic teachings. ..
He added that the Foundation contributes to the achievement of social solidarity between different categories of Qatari society, institutions and raises community awareness and education of orphans. It has an important role to play in eliminating misconceptions about orphans. It also aims at helping orphans themselves to view themselves in a positive perspective. Among the objectives of the Foundation Guiding scientific research in theory and field service centers is also one of the most cherished objectives of the Foundation, Dr. Khalid added. He concluded by saying that Cooperation between the Foundation and public and private institutions on the local, regional and international levels is also top of the list of priorities of the Foundation.