The NHRC organized in cooperation with the follow-up team to the recommendations of the International Conference on “Challenges to Security and human rights in the Arab region” and the Arab Human Rights Committee (Committee on the Charter) at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Arab League in Cairo, a panel discussion on intergrating recommendations of the International Conference on “challenges to security and human rights in the Arab region”, which was held in Doha during the period from 5 to 6 of November 2014 in the framework of the various mechanisms of the NHRC.
During his speech at the opening session of the international conference on challenges to security and human rights, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri stressed that this conference forms a great opportunity to exchange ideas and visions and deepens the dialogue on security and human rights issues, Where its recommendations proved that there is integration between the realization of security and respect for human rights if they are considered properly.
Noting that during the deliberations of the conference, Al Marri emphasized the importance of benefiting from the relevant good practice relating to legal frameworks and institutional measures that ensure respect for human rights, including the international experience of those practices to ensure consistency of practice to combat terrorism and maintain national security with the conventions of human rights and international humanitarian law, and the need for effective remedies against human rights violations and to ensure that who who are responsible for human rights violations to be held accountable.
Dr. Al Marri considered that the recommendations of the international conference on challenges to security and human rights form a qualitative leap in the history of the path of the development of Arab human rights system and the continuation of the dialogue between the security institutions, civil society organizations and national human rights institutions. Al Marri added that We look forward to further consultations and meetings with government delegates and human rights mechanisms of the Arab League to develop and crystallize the entire approach and regional and national plans based on the approaches to security and human rights.
Al Marri said that this panel discussion comes a a result of effective partnership between the NHRC and the Arab Human Rights Committee and the continuing constructive consultations with our partners in order to deepen the dialogue and exchange of views on the integration of the recommendations of the Doha conference in the reports mechanisms discussed by the Committee on the Charter with the State parties to the Arab Charter mechanisms Human Rights in 2004, pointing out that the Arab region has witnessed and is still witnessing many challenges over the past years which has led to the emergence of many political problems, armed conflicts and the spread of the phenomenon of terrorism, where these challenges have affected the human rights situation in the region and the performance of civil society organizations and national human rights institutions, Stressing the need to move forward in the reform of the Arab regional system in the field of human rights to respond to the requirements of special phase under the decline in respect for human rights on the international and regional levels as a result of various international changes.
Dr. Al Marri called the Arab Human Rights Committee on developing the guidelines in order to assist States in the enforcement of human rights, development of response and accountability mechanisms, oversight at the Arab level and provision of technical support for the realization of the Arab Charter on Human Rights.
Dr. Al Marri submitted a number of proposals that are in line with the recommendations of the Doha conference on challenges to security and human rights, namely: the need to develop a questionnaire distributed to State parties to the Arab Charter for studying their vision in the extent of implementation of the recommendations of the Doha Conference through which the Charter Committee elaborated a plan of action that support and provide technical advice to those countries, In addition to the elaboration of indicative guidelines of the State Parties on the integration of the recommendations of the Doha conference in their reports submitted to the Committee on the Charter, and the development of general comments to the terms of the Charter in line with the approach to security and human rights.
Al-Marri extended thanks and gratitude to the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Dr. Nabil El Araby for his patronage of Arab and international conferences organized by the NHRC, most importantly the Arab conference on “the development of the human rights system of the Arab League” in 2013 and the recent International Conference in Doha on “Challenges to Security and Human Rights in the Arab region” in 2014, he also thanked the Human Rights Office at the league of the Arab states for the close partnership and ongoing support, he also thanked the Secretary General of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers Dr. Mohammed Koeman for his responsiveness and willingness to expand dialogue and sustainability between security institutions and all actors in the field of human rights and also for the patronage of the second conference on challenges to security and human rights to be held at the General Secretariat in Tunisia during the period from 3 to 4 November 2015 . Al Marri alo extended thanks and appreciation to the partners in the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions.
The panel discussion in Cairo aims to put an integrated approach to promote and activate the role of the Arab Commission on Human Rights in maintaining security and respecting human rights, as being major responsibilties of the States parties to the Arab Charter on Human Rights, and to integrate the Arab Charter on Human Rights within the human rights covenants and conventions, and open close cooperation with the parties participate in the discussion for the promotion and protection of human rights, including the NHRC of the State of Qatar, the General Secretariat of the Council of Interior Ministers Arab, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Arab Parliament, and the Arab commission for human rights, the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions, and departments of the Secretariat of the League of Arab States.