Mon, 25 Oct 2021 - 11:48 GMT
Mon, 25 Oct 2021 - 11:48 GMT
Foreign Ministers of Arab League Countries during an emergency meeting of the Arab League Council, requested by Egypt and Jordan, in Cairo- press photo
CAIRO - 25 October 2021: The Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Haifa Abu-Ghazaleh, expressed the continued support of the General Secretariat of the Arab Committee for Human Rights to enable it to carry out the role entrusted to it in accordance with the content of the Arab Charter on Human Rights.
The Arab Human Rights Committee of the Arab League (AHRC) convened its 17th session at the headquarters of the Arab League General Secretariat on Monday.
The two-day session will discuss the second periodic report of Qatar, as part of the entitlements for its accession to the Arab Charter on Human Rights.
Addressing the opening session, AHRC Chief Jabir Saleh Al Marri said the number of countries signatory to the Arab Charter on Human Rights is increasing year after year, noting that the Committee has witnessed notable progress in the human rights status at the Arab level and today's session will outline the various parties' efforts to achieve this objective.
The session will feature an interactive dialogue between the Committee and the Qatari delegation under the chairmanship of Secretary-General of the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi, on Qatar’s efforts in protecting and promoting human rights, including the various legislative, institutional and policy aspects related to human rights.
Qatar had submitted its second periodic report, which included the measures adopted by the State regarding the articles of the Charter and the recommendations issued by the Committee when discussing the first periodic report in 2017.
A delegation from the Arab Charter on Human Rights visited Doha end of September to learn about the efforts made by Qatar in this regard.
The 17th session of Arab Human Rights Committee kicked off with a public opening session in the presence of representatives of the General Secretariat of the Arab League, the Arab Parliament and the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.
The committee will issue a set of recommendations in light of the outcome of the interactive dialogue, the prior questions submitted by the committee and its visit to Qatar.
Also, Head of the Arab Parliament Human Rights Committee Elwi el Basha urged the Arab countries to accelerate their measures to join the Arab human rights court's statute in order to start its operation soon, noting that it will be a vital and key mechanism to enhance the Arab system of human rights.
El Basha said the Arab parliamentarians have been working on enhancing the Arab human rights system and the current strategy of the Arab parliament addresses much attention to this issue.
He highlighted the role of Arab lawmakers through their acknowledged legal and constitutional rights in playing their legislative and monitoring tasks at the regional and international levels to promote such system.
He also noted that the Arab Observatory for Human Rights has been created by the Arab parliament as an independent body to detect and document human rights conditions in the Arab countries.
The AP official also noted that assessing the conditions of human rights should be carried out with professional regulations based on international standards in order to acquire credibility and avoid any defamed approaches or fabricated theories.