Doha, February 24
As part of its mission to spread and establish a culture of human rights, the National Human Rights Committee presented an educational lecture to the assistant judges of the Court of Cassation on its role in the dissemination, protection and promotion of human rights as well as the vision and mission of the Committee. The Committee emphasized that one of its most important objectives is investigating violations of human rights of citizens, residents and all those subject to the jurisdiction of the State of Qatar, providing advice and opinion on human rights issues to the concerned authorities, submitting proposals on existing legislation and draft laws and their compatibility with the provisions of international human rights conventions to which the State party, receiving complaints and petitions on human rights issues, as well as conducting field visits to penal institutions and correctional and detention places and gatherings of labor, health and education facilities.
The Committee explained that the Qatari legislator has set its terms of reference under Decree-Law No. 38 of 2002 in article 2, which stipulates that the Committee aims to protect human rights and freedoms. The protection aspect of the mandate requires that the NHRI should have the power to investigate and monitor human rights and, in many cases, to accept and investigate individual complaints. In this regard, it exercises a set of competencies, including investigation of abuses of human rights and freedoms, if any, suggesting ways of addressing them and avoiding their recurrence, And coordinating with the relevant authorities to respond to them, As well as contributing to the preparation of reports prepared by the State on human rights and freedoms and Cooperation with international and regional organizations concerned with the protection of human rights and freedoms, and the promotion of awareness and education on human rights and freedoms