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Human rights experts endorse NHRC's role for peace in region

Human rights experts endorse NHRC's role for peace in region


Maneesh Bakshi
Doha
LEADING international human rights experts, speaking to Qatar Tribune on the sidelines of a major human rights conference in Doha recently, have hailed Qatar's initiative taken through its National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) to find ways to solve problems by opening up a dialogue on the grave challenges which are affecting this region.
Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, thanked Qatar for playing a leading role in bringing the powers of the region together to open up a dialogue in respect to finding a practical solution to the worst and the most tragic conflict that has gripped Syria.
On the subject of Qatar's initiative and its role in the peace process, Gilmore said,"There is an urgent need for the conflicting parties in the region to return to the negotiating table and do everything in their power to find an enduring political solution and end hostilities in Syria and elsewhere."
"With the help of such efforts we can discuss ways to bring civil societies and governmental representatives to have a dialogue that could find a pathway to peace, regardless of any conflict," she added.
Jill Coster Van Voorhout of The Hague Institute for Global Justice also thanked Qatar's role in taking a leading position in raising issues related to violations of human rights in the region."I am hoping that such efforts will ensure a leading role for Qatar as it has assumed in the area of human rights which will foster the promotion of a conflict-less society in the region," she said.
"I hope that such initiatives will set up a mechanism of accountability for crimes that have taken place recently and also will ensure a system of monitoring such crimes so that such violations could be prevented from happening again," Voorhout added.
Director of Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, Ahmad Shahidov, also thanked Qatar for supporting the cause of human rights issues. He said,"Qatar has been a champion of human rights and the same has been proved through its humanitarian initiatives undertaken in conflict zones."
"The NHRC of Qatar has always shown concerns regarding the violations of rights of children, women and the displaced civilian population in armed conflict areas such as Syria. Recent crisis in Syria has witness the worst loss of life and civilian causalities leading to war crimes and displacement of Syrian nationals, thereby becoming refugees in Europe."
Shahidov added,"Dialogue between the concerned parties must be initiated and efforts such as these will have consequences that will go a long way in maintaining peace and bring an end to the regional conflict. Recommendations of the meetings must be adopted to ensure peace."
Yahya al Oleibi, Head of International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) in the Gulf region, also praised the NHRC's initiative in taking up issues related to difficulties faced by humanitarian agencies while working in conflict zones. The issues related to the complete neglect of International Law in conflict zones must be addressed and raised so as to stop human suffering, Oleibi said.

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