The principle of non-impunity shall be raised for the first time at an international conference in Doha
Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh:
Achieving the principle of non-impunity is the only guarantee for the achievement of international peace and security
It’s time to end impunity and ensure redress for victims
The conference examines the development of accountability and protection against impunity mechanisms
Equity of victims is the most important condition for the success of transitional justice
Achieving justice and ensuring redress for victims is the dream of the world since the First World War
The conference discusses the right to know, access to justice and provide guarantees for non- recurrence of violations
Participation of the European Parliament and the High Commission comes as a guarantee for the conclusion and implementation of important recommendations
Significant international and regional response and participation of representatives of more than 250 governmental and non-governmental organizations
We urgently need to find an integrated system of laws and mechanisms for the prevention, control and accountability in the field of human rights and international human law
Geneva: 2 March 2019
Dr. Ali Bin Samih Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, announced the organization of an international conference on “National, Regional and International Mechanisms to Combat Impunity and Ensure Accountability under International Law” during the period from 14 to 15 April in Doha, in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the European Parliament.
The conference aims at discussing international, regional and national mechanisms to combat impunity for gross violations of human rights law and serious violations of international humanitarian law. Towards this end, the conference will take stock of the relevant international law principles, in particular the Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law, and the Updated Set of Principles for the protection and promotion of human rights through action to combat impunity. The conference will discuss how these principles are being applied by sharing experience of international, regional and national mechanisms, in advancing these principles and in enhancing accountability.
The conference will bring together more than 200 governmental and non-governmental organizations, heads and experts of international commissions of inquiry, relevant special rapporteurs, chairpersons of United Nations treaty bodies, experts and judges in international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court, as well as experts and lawyers who have brought criminal cases before national courts based on universal jurisdiction. Furthermore, representatives of specialized international agencies and Regional human rights mechanisms, chairpersons of the European Parliament, national human rights institutions, research centers, and other relevant bodies and organizations will be invited.
The importance of the conference and its objectives
Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri said that one of the most important topics of the conference is the duty to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of violations and the right of ensure redress for the victims, as well as the right to know, the right to justice and the right to compensation.
The conference will also discuss international, regional and national mechanisms to combat impunity in cases of gross violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law. The Conference will review the relevant principles of international law, in particular the Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law.
Putting an end to impunity. achieve peace and security
“The recent events, conflicts, crises and conflicts in the world and our Arab region have proven the nee to develop international accountability mechanisms for governments, groups and individuals,” said Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh, adding that it is time to review, assess and develop all national, regional and international mechanisms, to guarantee an important principle in international conventions, that is protection against impunity. Ending impunity is the only way to achieve peace and security in the world and to redress the victims, which is the most important reason for the success of transitional justice. It is time to define international and criminal responsibilities, in accordance with international human rights law and international humanitarian law. Despite the failures and successes, we need to work together to create an integrated system of laws, mechanisms for prevention, control and accountability in the field of human rights and international law.