Graphic: Two men walking to prayers
2005 (10th Annual Meeting)
Following the approval of a draft law submitted by the Council of Ministers, the Emir of the State of Qatar issued Decree Law No. 38 of 2002 on 11 November 2002 which established the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar. This was subsequently amended by Decree Law 17 of 2010, which sets out the mandate of the Committee.
The Committee is a legal entity with an independent budget.
Role and functions
The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar has a wide mandate to protect and promote human rights.
Article 3 of the Decree sets out the Committee's mandate, which gives it responsibility:
- To propose necessary means to promote and pursue the objectives stipulated by international conventions and instruments on human rights, to which the State of Qatar has become a party, and to recommend on the State's accession to other human rights conventions and instruments.
- To advise and provide recommendations to the concerned authorities regarding human rights issues.
- To consider any abuses or violations of human rights, to get involved in the settlement of complaints reported to it on such violations, to coordinate with the competent authorities for necessary action, and to propose ways to address and prevent them from being repeated.
- To make the necessary suggestions to those who are concerned with existing legislations and proposed draft laws, and their relevance to the provisions of international conventions on human rights to which the State of Qatar has become a party.
- To monitor human rights status in the country, to prepare related reports, and submit such reports to the Council of Ministers together with the NHRC's opinion in this regard.
- To monitor issues that might be raised regarding human rights status in the country and to coordinate with the concerned authorities to address such issues.
- To take part in the preparation of national reports intended to be submitted by the State of Qatar to international bodies and organizations concerned with human rights regarding the conventions to which the State has become a party.
- To cooperate with international, regional, and national organizations concerned with human rights and freedoms and to participate in related international events.
- To raise awareness on human rights and freedoms, to entrench human rights culture, and to consolidate human rights principles on both the intellectual and the practical levels.
- To conduct field visits to penal and reformatory institutions, detention centres, labour gatherings, health institutions, and educational institutions so as to monitor the human rights status. Such visits are expected to be made by the NHRC's Chairman and Members.
- To coordinate and cooperate with institutions concerned with human rights in the State of Qatar, according to each institution's terms of reference and duties.
- To organize conferences, symposiums, courses and debates on human rights and freedoms issues and to coordinate with the concerned authorities in this regard when necessary.
- To take part in the preparation of educational and research programmes related to human rights and to participate in their implementation.
Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah al-Attiyah
Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari
Mr. Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali
Dr. Mohammed Yusuf Obaidan Fakhro
Dr. Asmaa Mohammed Abdullah Al Attiyah
Dr. Abdulaziz Abdulkadir Al Meghaissib
Dr. Turki Abdulla Al-Mahmoud
Mr. Mohammed Hassan Alobaidly
Prof. Amal Abdullatif Al Mannai
Judge Fawaz Bakhit Al Jatal
Mr. Abdullah Bin Saqr Al Mohannadi
Mr. Salem Rashed Al Muraikhi
Mr. Ali Ahmad Al Kubaisi
Mr. Sultan Mubarak Khamis Al Abdullah
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