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NHRC: Qatar committed to human rights and security

Sultan al-Jamali
14 May 2014 – Gulf Times
By Joseph Varghese/Staff Reporter



Human rights and security is one of  the major cornerstones of Qatar, said Sultan al-Jamali, director of Finance and Administration at National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Qatar yesterday. Al-Jamali was moderating a session on the topic of ‘Human Rights:  Human Security in light of Conflicts and Crises’ at the Doha Forum being held at Ritz-Carlton Doha.

The NHRC official stated that  the country is fully committed to  the rights and security of all sections of the people. He  said “Human rights and security  is a top priority for Qatar. The country works closely with every sections of the society and makes sure that everyone is provided economic, social and political rights.”

Al-Jamali said: “Qatar holds human potential as the most important asset of the country. The national vision of the country also envisages it as a major component. The issue of human rights is one of the corner stones of the country. We will provide all the support in ensuring the rights of each individual. We have also adopted efficient methods and solid partnerships for human security for everyone in the country.”

The official also pointed out that Qatar is paying special attention to various aspects of human rights and security. The government has responded successfully to several challenges on human security and has ensured equal justice and security to everyone.

During the forum, several international leaders and representatives from various international organisations raised the issue of human rights and security in different parts of the world and especially in conflict ridden areas.

One of the focus countries in the session was Syria where the issue of humanitarian intervention and relief was highlighted by the speakers. The panel also discussed the United Nations strategy and programmes in the field of human security as well as the future of human security in the Arab region in the light of the new challenges.

Magne Barth, deputy director of Operations International Committee of the Red Cross ( ICRC), Baroness Scotland of Asthal, member of the House of  Lords, former attorney general UK, Saad Djebbar, international lawyer, UK  and Qinisile Mabuza, official judge of Superior Courts, Swaziland took part in the panel discussion.