HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Minister of Foreign Affairs

04-12-2017, 09:27 AM - From 8 Months ago

Social Responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs… achievements in transboundary
Progression and protection of human rights is a strategic choice of the State of Qatar
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continued its leadership in CSR at the local and international levels as one of the most significant supporters of humanitarian and development initiatives including educational, environmental, cultural, human rights and relief activities.
Among the most distinguished issues undertaken by the ministry in this regard, is supporting human, family and children rights, reduction of climate change, advancement of education, empowerment of persons with disabilities and special needs, establishment of justice, equality and transparency values, relief actions and rehabilitation of refugees, cultural diversity, food security, participation in national events and other activities.
Human rights… a strategic choice
MOFA considers the promotion and protection of human rights a strategic option for Qatar, and works for its establishment on solid foundations at the national level, and through regional and international efforts.
Qatar adopted several legislative measures related to the promotion and protection of human rights, including, for example, the issuance of legislations regulating entry and exit, and residence of expatriates. These legislations enhance the legal protection of the foreign workers rights in accordance with international standards and the agreements signed by the government.
Freedom of religion and conscience
Qatar has confirmed that the positive exercise of the right to freedom of “religion or belief”, and “of opinion and expression,” can contribute to the promotion of each other. And Qatar is keen to adopt this approach during the construction of the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue efforts. This came in the speech of Qatar at the 31st session of the Human Rights Council under the title “interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief”, where the State of Qatar confirmed its commitment to respond decisively to hate speech and militancy and extremism in all its forms and sources, and to maintain tolerance on violence, hatred, fanaticism and contempt for religions and their adherents.
Peace, justice and fairness
The Diplomatic Institute at MOFA, in collaboration with the National Committee for Education, Science and Culture, “UNESCO ambassadors” program, organized at two secondary schools; “Shaimaa” for girls and “Ahmad bin Hanbal” for boys, with the participation of 22 boy students and 15 girl students from different schools of Qatar.
The program presented lectures on peace, justice, equality concepts, and the efforts of international organizations in maintaining global peace and security, and the role of Qatar in that.
The program aims to give students the necessary knowledge and skills to represent the State of Qatar in the forums at local, regional and international events, and to spread awareness of Qatar’s vital role in the international field, particularly in protecting peace and security, and its outstanding role as a mediator to defuse crisis. Also, to educate the students about the tasks and responsibilities of international and regional organizations and their mechanisms.