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Thursday, 27 January 2022 12:21 GMT

Protecting human rights one of Qatar's top priorities: Official

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA

Doha: The State of Qatar, represented by the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, celebrated Human Rights Day. Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Addressing a ceremony held in this connection, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs H E Dr. Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi noted what Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani emphasised in his speech before the United Nations General Assembly at the 74th session, of the State of Qatar's commitment to protect human rights, and its adoption of a firm policy to protect and promote human rights, based on Arab and Islamic values that exalt the value of the human beings.

He said Qatar's celebration of Human Rights Day comes under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

He stressed that the issue of promoting and protecting human rights represents a strategic choice for Qatar, and forms the backbone of the comprehensive reform policy pursued by the country, noting that human development and the protection and promotion of human rights are at the forefront of Qatar's priorities. He added that this was emphasised in the Qatar National Vision 2030, which was detailed in the first national development strategy 2011-2016 and the second national development strategy 2018-2022, which included important axes that touch on the main issues of human rights in the fields of education, health, environment, rights of expatriate workers, women's empowerment, rights of children and people with disabilities as well as the elderly.

He the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that the increasing attention paid by the State to the issue of promoting and protecting human rights was reflected in the State's accession to seven of the basic human rights conventions, the latest of which was Qatar's accession to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

He pointed out that the State of Qatar has achieved an advanced classification of 100 percent for the countries that submit their reports to international mechanisms, according to the statistical indicators issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

For his part, Director of Department of Human Rights Dr. Turki bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud said that the day's celebration comes as a reminder of the importance of empowering the weakest segments. He stressed that the State of Qatar's belief in human rights stems from the Islamic and Arabic culture which honoured human beings, highlighting that Qatar protects human rights in implementation of its constitutional duties. He said that the achievements of the State of Qatar in the field of human rights are not limited to one aspect, but extend to education, health, security, safety, infrastructure, environment, hygiene, work, parks, gardens, roads, stadiums, public libraries and other rights.



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