On the occasion of the celebration of International Human Rights Day: Maryam Al-Attiyah:
The world will emerge from the implications of the Coronavirus pandemic, with concerted efforts to promote human rights.
Millions of people worldwide have lost their access to the right to health and work due to the outbreak of the Corona epidemic.
An interactive seminar is organized by the NHRC on “ways to develop human rights mechanisms in light of the Coronavirus pandemic and beyond”.
We celebrate International Human Rights Day with great optimism that the world will soon emerge from this crisis
Doha, December 9, 2020
Ms. Maryam Bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee called for the necessity of concerting efforts of the government, institutions and various groups of Qatari society in order to promote human rights and overcome the negative impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, praising at the same time the efforts made by the State of Qatar to preserve The basic rights of citizens and residents, especially the right to health and work, that have been denied due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, which has caused millions of people to their most basic rights.
In a statement on the occasion of the celebration of International Human Rights Day, which falls on December 10 of each year, the Secretary-General of the NHRC said: “We celebrate the International Human Rights Day with great optimism that the world will emerge from the crisis soon. Al-Attiyah added: “The selection by the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the slogan“ Building back better ”sends a message of optimism to the world, with a real will to join global efforts, in order to address the negative impacts and implications of the outbreak of the Coronavirus epidemic. We, the National Human Rights Committee, call on the various actors of the Qatari community to join efforts to respond to this call, and to work collectively to rebuild what the epidemic caused, and to reinforce the state’s keenness to preserve the basic rights of citizens and residents, foremost among which is the right to health and work, pointing out that “the NHRC Commemoration of the International Human Rights Day also aim to promote the slogan of the International Human Rights Day (rebuilding better).”
Al Attiyah stated that the NHRC has organized an online seminar on December 14, which deals with discussion “ways to develop human rights mechanisms in light of the Coronavirus pandemic and beyond.” On the other hand, the Secretary-General affirmed that “celebrating International Human Rights Day is an occasion to examine the achievements made by the State of Qatar to promote human rights in the Qatari society, referring to the legislations issued by the State of Qatar to promote the rights of citizens and residents of Qatar, 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, Emir of Qatar, regarding determining the minimum wage for workers and domestic workers, in addition to Decree Law No. (19) for the year 2020 amending the provisions of Law No. (21) of 2015 regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates, which is a milestone in the history of the reality of employment in the region, so that the State of Qatar takes the lead in adopting the non-discriminatory minimum wage in the region. In addition, the state of Qatar acceded to many international agreements and conventions, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights, which has reflected positively on the strategies, policies and national laws of the State of Qatar.
Al-Attiyah noted that the State of Qatar has demonstrated its concern for promoting human rights through a series of laws and legislation, which comes in line with and implementation of the Qatar National Vision 2030. It should be noted that the annual celebration of International Human Rights Day on December 10 of each year comes to commemorate the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the year 1948. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights affirmed that its choice of the slogan “Build Back Better” for the annual celebrations of International Human Rights Day reflects its commitment to human rights and the achievement of sustainable development goals. It also means addressing inequalities within and between countries; Establishing comprehensive health and social protection systems; Addressing environmental degradation; Institutional strengthening; Addressing the structural human rights violations that worsened the Covid-19 outbreak, in addition to urgently addressing the climate emergency and creating a just, inclusive and equal world, and thus more resilient and ready to face future crises.