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MoI and NHRC highlight Qatar’s human rights protection drives

MoI and NHRC highlight Qatar’s human rights protection drives

QNA
Doha
A conference organised by the Ministry of Interior (MoI), in cooperation with the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), highlighted the efforts of Qatar in the protection of human rights, especially the national mechanisms in this regard, and its pioneering experience in the light of the national legal system and international mechanisms and conventions.
The conference was organised on the occasion of Qatari Human Rights Day, which falls on November 11 each year, and in the context of the technical framework of cooperation between the NHRC and the Department of Human Rights at the Ministry of Interior on knowledge production, awareness-raising and joint contribution to relevant national, regional and international events.
In his opening remarks, the Assistant Secretary-General of the NHRC Sultan bin Hassan al Jamali said that the protection of human rights is a national responsibility, as stated in the UN Charter. Jamali commended the commitment of Qatar to the human rights system at all levels, whether international, regional or national.
He stressed that Qatar, since its accession to international policies and conventions concerned with the protection and promotion of human rights, has been working to translate the requirements of these conventions in its domestic legislation and policies.
Jamali mentioned Qatar’s accession to both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in this context.
Jamali noted that the NHRC is one of the leading national institutions and a national reference for human rights in the country working in parallel with other relevant national mechanisms for the protection and promotion of human rights at the national level.
For his part, Assistant Director of Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Interior Colonel Saad Salem al Dosari said that human rights in Qatar have become a strategic choice guiding the action of the State and society, and that the provision of guarantees necessary for their implementation has become an integral part of the requirements for institutions.
He added that this could be seen in the incorporation of ‘human rights’ into the Constitution, the National Vision 2030, the system of legislative instruments, the package of programmes and creative initiatives in favour of civil, political, economic, social and cultural human rights.
He praised the effective partnership and the joint action between the Human Rights Department of the Ministry of Interior and the NHRC in the areas of handling complaints and petitions of the public.
For his part, Assistant Director of Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Yousef al Thani said that the promotion and protection of human rights is a strategic choice as it forms the backbone of the policy of comprehensive reform and is at the top of the priorities of Qatar.
He mentioned Qatar’s emphasis on protecting rights of expat workers, women and children in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.
Director of the UN Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region Dr Abdel Salam Sidahmed praised the continuous cooperation between the Center and the NHRC and the Department of Human Rights at the Ministry of Interior through joint training activities.

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