Doha, March 13 (QNA) – EU advisor, Alexis Konstantopoulos, has praised the efforts of Qatar in amending laws and legislations and the great progress the country has made in the protection of human rights, commending the endeavors of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) in enhancing and spreading these rights.

Speaking as he led the delegation of the GCC working group of the European Union’s European External Action Service (EEAS) on a visit to NHRC, Konstantopoulos said the main reason of the visit is cooperation with NHRC and benefiting from its expertise.

For his part, NHRC Assistant Secretary General Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali highlighted the committee’s cooperation with the EU, calling for drafting a memorandum of understanding between the two sides in the near future.

Al Jamali briefed the delegation on the inception of the committee and its objectives and powers as well as its vision, structure and tasks in terms of protection, oversight, dissemination and promotion of human rights. The briefing also touched on the legal nature of the committee and the way it operates in receiving complaints and responding to them.

Besides its awareness and intellectual role, Al Jamali said, the committee refers recommendations on local and international legislations to executive entities as well as an annual report on human rights in private and government institutions.

He added that NHRC cooperates substantially with relevant organizations in the Gulf and EU as well as civil society groups, in addition to cooperating with international partnerships and mechanisms of human rights and regional and international organizations such as Amnesty International, the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions, the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), the American Center for International Labor Solidarity and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions.

Al Jamali said NHRC is preparing for a major cooperation with the EU by holding an exhibition at EU headquarters in Brussels on Islamic culture in human rights, which was previously held in several countries such as France, Switzerland and Kuwait. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency