The workshop comes to activate the memorandum of understanding between the Qatari and Filipino NHRIs to promote and protect human rights
Doha: Tuesday 28 May 2019
Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al-Kuwari, Vice-chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, stressed that the State of Qatar has sought for decades to enact national laws aimed at providing the necessary guarantees to safeguard the dignity of expatriates in general and workers in particular through a set of policies that affirm their rights and clarify their duties. This came during a workshop organized by the National Human Rights Committee for the Filipino community in cooperation with the Human Rights Commission of the Philippines, on “Rights and Duties of Workers in the State of Qatar”, during the period from 27 and 28 May 2019; in the context of the MoU signed Between the National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar and the Human Rights Commission of the Philippines on 09 January 2019.
In his opening speech, Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al-Kuwari said that the workshop sheds light on the most important rights and duties related to the communities by focusing on many international and national laws and comparing them with the situation of these communities in order to come up with the necessary findings and recommendations. Al Kuwari noted that Qatar has given special importance to the issues of identity, culture, and other issues, which are presented within the framework of strong policy-making aimed at integrating communities into the social and economic renaissance of Qatar.
The Vice- chairman of the National Human Rights Committee pointed out that “human societies in the world have been formed throughout history, accompanied by many sacrifices, wars and conflicts in which laws were absent, rights were silent, and the logic of power was dominant; the State is obliged by virtue of its international obligations and adherence to international human rights covenants and conventions to ensure that any individual lives on its territory with dignity whatever his or her religion, Race, color, sex, or nationality.
For her part, Ms. Hivent Pimentel, Commissioner of the Philippine Human Rights Commission, said that the workshop was part of a cooperation between the two sides in order to promote and protect human rights in general and workers in particular. “We hope that we will be able to draw a road map and recommendations through this workshop to strengthen the implementation of the terms of the cooperation agreement which is based on a mandate to consider all human rights issues,” she added.