I will strive to strengthen the independence and performance of national institutions and protect human rights globally
I will work over the next three years to promote and consolidate a culture of human rights
The National Human Rights Committee won three leadership positions in the GANHRI, which serve as a catalyst for the performance of human rights instutuions in the region
Geneva on 5 March 2019
Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar, said that he will work hard during the next three years as Vice President and Secretary of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions to enhance the independence and performance of national human rights institutions in accordance with the Paris Principles, noting that the confidence obtained by the National Committee in receiving leadership positions in the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions serve as a catalyst for all Asian and Pacific human rights institutions to develop their performance and their conformity with international standards, promote human rights gains and protect human rights in the region.
This came during the General Assembly Meeting of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) on Tuesday, 5 February at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, following electing Dr. Ali Al Marri as the Vice-President, Secretary-General and member of the Executive Bureau of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, according to the results of the elections held on the sidelines of the 23rd annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions. The election of the National Human Rights Committee is considered as a victory following the unanimous confidence obtained of the APF, and the trust of 112 national human rights institutions of the Global Alliance at the General Assembly of the Global Alliance.
The members of the APF voted unanimously and gave their trust to Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, to serve as vice-president of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, Secretary-General and member of the Executive Bureau. Members of the Forum unanimously voted for Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari, a member of the National Committee for Human Rights in Qatar, to serve as a member of the Advisory Council of Jurists of the APF.
The National Human Rights Committee won the leadership positions in the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, as a culmination of its achievements and contributions to the defense of human rights issues in Qatar and the region and its international efforts to counter the blockade imposed on Qatar. The National Human Rights Committee won four leadership positions in recognition of its efforts and contributions in defending human rights issues nationally, regionally and internationally. The National Human Rights Committee has become a model for human rights institutions in the region and the world.
It is worth mentioning that The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar is the only country in the GCC to be accredited status A by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions following a rigorous accreditation process under the supervision of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Status (A) is granted only to national institutions that fully complies with the Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions. (The Paris Principles).
The National Human Rights Committee has again received the confidence of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), which has previously rejected complaints submitted by the blockading countries, to try to withdraw the status A from the NHRC, while questioning its credibility and integrity. The efforts of the National Human Rights Committee to counter the blockade also earned the appreciation of the international community, led by the United Nations, which in its official report valued the efforts of the National Human Rights Committee and confirmed the credibility of its reports on violations by the blockading countries.