In light of the evolution underway in Qatar on all levels; and the keenness of the wise leadership to improve and develop the country’s political, economic, judicial and its penal system to fit in with Human Rights standards, NHRC was established in accordance with Law No. (38), 2002: and re-organized in accordance with law no. (17), 2010.
NHRC has started functioning on 1/11/2003 with the objective-according to the law establishing it, of consolidating and protecting Human Rights and public freedoms in the state on the levels of thought and practice; and, to ensure respect of all social, cultural, political, civil and legal rights. NHRC also sought Qatar’s commitment to international and Arab charters and agreements on Human Rights; NHRC sought a close follow up to developments in national legislation in relation to Human Rights to ensure that it fits in properly with international agreements and measures to which Qatar was committed.
NHRC has since adopted a number of relative programmes and activities in Qatar in cooperation’s with a number of ministries and government agencies as well as civil societies on the national, regional and international levels together with related United Nations Organizations.
It has since become clear that Change was needed to improve the Human Rights situation through drawing careful programmes and a strategy-taking into consideration that change is a slow process and needs to be carried out in the context of short-term, mid-term and long-term phases to ensure continuity of the process.
A strategic vision has therefore become an urgent necessity that should focus on a number of considerations and justifications before it can becomes NHRC’s mouthpiece:
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE NO. ONE: Awareness and education on human rights for the various parties and groups;
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE NO. TWO: Provide protection, assistance and empowerment to those affected and victims of violations:
STRATEGIC OBJECTIV NO. THREE: Regional and international cooperation in the field of human rights;
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE NO FOUR: Institutional capacity-building;
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE NO. FIVE: Urge the state to accede to international conventions and the development of national legislation;
STRATEGIC OBJECTIV NO. SIX: Promotion and development of human rights;
STRAEGIC OBJECTIVE NO. SEVEN: Human Rights education at home and school.