Al-Attiyah: We are committed to our mission to protect and promote human rights
Two thousand roses were distributed to volunteers on the frontline workers to address the Coronavirus pandemic
Qatari Human Rights Day is a stop to affirm appreciation and gratitude for the frontlines workers
The National Human Rights Committee is committed to its mission and vision to consolidate and promote human rights in the State of Qatar
Doha, November 11, 2020
Ms. Maryam Bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary General of the National Human Rights Committee, confirmed that the celebration of the Qatari Human Rights Day, which falls on November 11 each year, coincides this year with the 18th anniversary of the establishment of the National Human Rights Committee. On the occasion of the celebration of Qatar Human Rights Day, Al-Attiyah said in a press statement: “Every year The National Human Rights Committee attaches great importance to celebrating the Qatari Day for Human Rights and assess the achievements and identify shortcomings, and confirm the commitment and keenness to support the development of human rights in the State of Qatar
The Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee pointed out that “celebrating Qatari Human Rights Day is an opportunity to emphasize the achievements in the human rights field, especially the series of laws and legislations that the State of Qatar has taken to develop human rights, including the laws concerned with improving work and residency conditions for expatriates. Al Attiyah recalled that the National Human Rights Committee welcomed the issuance of Law No. (17) of 2020 issued by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, regarding setting the minimum wage for workers and domestic workers, in addition to Decree-Law No. (19) For the year 2020 to amend the provisions of Law No. (21) of 2015 regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates, which is a milestone in the history of employment in the region. Al Attiyah continued: “These decisions are a true indication that the State of Qatar is moving steadily towards preserving workers’ rights in line with its international, regional and national commitments, in addition they come in the context of improving the living conditions of workers in the State of Qatar. Moreover, those reforms undertaken by the state also come out of respect and promotion of the basic principles of human rights, noting that the reforms undertaken by the state had a significant impact on reducing violations of workers’ rights. Al Attiyah stated that The State of Qatar acceded to many international conventions and covenants, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights which reflected positively on the national strategies, policies and laws of the State of Qatar, most notably the Qatar National Vision 2030. Ms. Al Attiyah continued: “The State of Qatar has become, in a short time, a pioneering country in human rights, and this is evidenced by the implementation of its international obligations and its firm positions on regional human rights issues, where The Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council praised the rule of law that distinguishes the State of Qatar, and the appreciation of the steady presence of institutions that preserve human rights.
Al Attiyah concluded On the occasion of the eighteenth anniversary of the establishment of the National Human Rights Committee, we reiterate that The National Human Rights Committee is committed to its mission and vision to develop and promote human rights in the State of Qatar, in line with its responsibilities under Decree-Law No. 17 and specifically in Article Three, including raising awareness and education of human rights and freedoms and consolidating its principles in terms of thought and practice.