The Conference is organized in cooperation with the office of the High commissioner, the European Parliament and the Global Alliance of NHRIs
The outcomes and recommendations of the conference are eagerly awaited, in the presence of more than 250 participants representing the institutions of international law around the world
Among the Speakers are judges, court presidents, chairpersons of international commissions of inquiry and experts
The conference is a dialogue platform for the assessment and development of national, regional and international mechanisms to combat impunity
Doha: 30 March 2019
Under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Interior Minister, HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar, in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Parliament and the Global alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, organizes the “International Conference in Doha on National, regional and international mechanisms to combat impunity and ensure accountability under international law” during the period from 14 to 15 April 2019. The conference shall be opened by Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh Al Marri, Mr.Pier Antonio Panzeri, the Chair of the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Mr. Carlos Negret Mosquera , President of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).
The conference is expected to bring together more than 250 personalities including presidents of courts, international judges, representatives of the United Nations and the European Parliament, as well as international experts, and 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.
Among the speakers, who have confirmed their participation, are parliamentarians, President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Prosecutor of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone, Chairman of the UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar, Chairman of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, judges of the International Criminal Court, and Senior ministers of human rights in some Arab countries, as well as senior officials of the United Nations and the European Parliament, including the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament and others.
More than 20 working papers shall be presented during the two-day conference, by lawyers, international experts, UN officials and representatives of international organizations.
The conference will last for two consecutive days and will include workshops and working groups to develop practical proposals, and to come up with concrete recommendations. More detailed information can be found in the attached concept paper.
Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh Al Marri, said in an earlier press conference that this international conference comes in the context of the partnership between the NHRC, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Parliament and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, in light of the ongoing violations and attempt to avoid responsibility and punishment for the crimes committed, particularly in access to national courts and compensation. At the same time, Al Marri pointed out that this conference is an important international event to promote protection and end impunity provided for in regional and international instruments and how these principles can be applied through the exchange of experiences of international, regional and national mechanisms, particularly in promoting these principles and enhancing accountability.