The NHRC won a broad victory and the consensus of voters at the APF annual meeting in Hong Kong
The NHRC won four leadership positions in GANHRI and APF
Doha: Wednesday 19 September 2018
The NHRC has won a historic victory by winning the confidence of The Asia-Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF), which unanimously decided to vote by giving its confidence and choice to the NHRC for four leadership positions in the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions and Asia Pacific Forum, Three of which were held by Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri, Chairman of the NHRC, and a fourth position by Dr. Mohammed Bin Saif Al Kuwari, Member of the NHRC.
Another historic achievement in the march of Human Rights
The 23rd annual meeting of the APF, hosted by the Chinese city of Hong Kong during the period from 18 to 19 September, was a remarkable historic event, with new achievements added to the record of achievements of the NHRC so far, acknowledging its role in defending human rights issues in Qatar, the region and the world.
The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), chaired by Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri, participated in the annual meeting of the APF, the internationally recognized regional network of 25 national institutions in the Asia and Pacific region, Including the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar, as well as other human rights institutions attending the annual meeting in Hong Kong.
During the annual meeting, APF members gave an overview of their current activities and priorities. The meeting witnessed an open dialogue with civil society organizations in the region on issues of mutual interest. Subsequently, the five-member Committee of Wise Men was opened for election, as well as a number of posts to represent the Asia-Pacific region in the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.
Election of the NHRC to assume 4 leadership positions
The announcement of the results of the elections reflected the wide victory of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar by winning the confidence of the APF which decided to vote unanimously to select the National Human Rights Committee to take assume 4 leading positions in the GANHRI, and the APF. According to the election results, the members of the Forum voted unanimously to extend their confidence to Dr. Ali bin Samih Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, to serve as Vice President of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, Secretary of the Global Alliance and Executive Director of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions. Members of the Forum also unanimously voted for Dr. Mohammed Bin Saif Al Kuwari, member of the NHRC, to serve as a member of the Advisory Council of Jurists of the Asia-Pacific Forum.
March of achievements
This victory also marks the culmination of the efforts of the NHRC and its vigorous movements in more than 40 countries in the world and its meetings with the largest international and human rights organizations to defend the rights of victims of the unjust blockade imposed on Qatar since 5 June 2017.
Success is not a precedent in the history of the National Human Rights Committee
The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar is the only GCC country to be accredited status A by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions after a rigorous accreditation process under the supervision of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as the secretariat of the Accreditation Committee. Status (A) is granted only to national institutions that fully comply with the principles relating to the status of national institutions, known as the “Paris Principles”.
The National Human Rights Committee has once again received the confidence of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), which have earlier rejected complaints by the blockading countries, after they requested declassification of the NHRC and question its credibility and integrity. For its part, the Asia-Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions affirmed its solidarity with the NHRC.
The Asia-Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions affirmed its solidarity with the NHRC and commended the decision of the International Accreditation Committee of the Global Alliance of National Institutions to reject the complaints of the blockading countries. The Presidency of the Forum noted in an official report that the National Human Rights Committee is internationally recognized by the United Nations as a national human rights institution in the State of Qatar.
In recognition of its efforts and local and international efforts to defend the victims of the blockade imposed on Qatar, the NHRC chaired by Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri won the trust of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions through a communication addressed to the NHRC on behalf of all the member countries of the Global Alliance encouraging the NHRC to continue its efforts and actions to defend the victims of violations of the blockade. Over the course of more than a year since the blockade began, the efforts of the NHRC have been appreciated by the international community, first and foremost by the United Nations, which in its official report has valued the efforts of the National Human Rights Committee and confirmed the credibility of its reports on violations of the blockade.
The National Human Rights Committee, through its credibility and professionalism, has succeeded in resolving the human rights battle in international forums, providing moral and legal redress to the victims and rendering their suffering an issue of international public opinion. It also contributed to striking all attempts by the countries of the blockade to isolate the State of Qatar by organizing an international conference that attracted more than 250 international organizations and press unions, International human rights organizations and parliamentary figures who visited Qatar and praised the success of the NHRC in the defense of human rights locally, regionally and internationally.