Doha: November 17, 2020
Dr. Muhammad bin Saif Al-Kuwari, Vice President of the National Human Rights Committee, said: The nature of the crisis during the Corona pandemic prompted us to speed up our administrative procedures and be more sensitive to the needs of petitioners, noting that among the lessons learned from the Coronavirus pandemic is the development of electronic mechanisms for submitting complaints and documents by complainants, improving response mechanisms and time limits to examine complaints and finding solutions to them, and informing complainants of developments and requirements for resolving them. This came during the speech delivered by Dr. Muhammad Saif Al-Kuwari on the experience of the National Human Rights Committee in protecting human rights during the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) at the the 4th international Conference dedicated to the topic of “Protection of human rights in Eurasia: exchange of best practices by ombudsmen” which was organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova. Dr. Al-Kuwari added that another lesson we learned during this epidemic is to know how important is community offices at the headquarters of the National Human Rights Committee, pointing out that These offices, which are staffed by volunteers from representatives of the communities, have proven their effectiveness in reaching vulnerable groups, and have shown a great deal of credibility with regard to the information provided to the committee. Al Kuwari pointed out that the National Human Rights Committee is currently working to improve the work of these offices by enhancing interaction with representatives of the communities, providing more capacity-building and training services, and establishing new mechanisms to enable the offices to work more effectively. Dr. Al Kuwari explained that the National Human Rights Committee monitors the human rights situation during the challenges in the circumstances of the emerging Coronavirus crisis, and makes recommendations to the competent authorities. Al-Kuwari said: The National Human Rights Committee continues to follow all developments related to the humanitarian implication of this epidemic. “We have taken into account several key concerns, including the protection of the most vulnerable groups such as low-paid workers, domestic workers and detainees, to guarantee the right to health for all without discrimination, as well as to ensure the promotion of the right to information. At the same time, the National Human Rights Committee has taken several measures to continue its role as a non-judicial mechanism for remedies and grievances during the current health crisis, in addition to its endeavor to communicate with governmental and non-governmental bodies to face challenges and assist petitioners” Al Kuwari said.