UNHRC praises Omani Human Rights Committee

MUSCAT:  A number of international officials praised the efforts of the Sultanate of Oman in the field of human rights and the progress made in signing seven out of nine international agreements in this aspect.

This came during a three-day workshop organized by the Omani Human Rights Committee entitled ‘Convention against Torture and Protection from Enforced Disappearance’ and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to which the Sultanate joined in 2020.

Muhammad Al-Nsour, Head of the Middle East and North Africa Department at the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, stressed that the Sultanate has recently ratified three major human rights conventions that form the main foundations of human rights law and the international human rights system.  The Sultanate respects human rights covenants with efforts made for modernization and development in this aspect.

“The OHCHR welcomes and appreciates the issuance of the Royal Decree to reconstitute the Omani Human Rights Committee, which affirms in its sixth article that the Committee enjoys independence in carrying out its activities and work,” said the UN commissioner.

The accession of the Sultanate to international human rights conventions will result in an increase in the frequency of reporting to international human rights mechanisms, specifically to treaty bodies and the comprehensive international review, and in the same context will result in the implementation of recommendations for those mechanisms, he said

Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali, Secretary-General of the Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee and Chairman of the Arab Network for Human Rights, said: “We appreciate and cherish the cumulative human rights achievements of the Sultanate of Oman and its leadership in the field of promoting and protecting human rights and its positive engagement in the international human rights system. The latest is the ratification of international human rights treaties.”

He affirmed the support of the Arab Network for National Institutions and said: “In accordance with the provisions of Article 5 of the Basic Law, which states, encouraging adherence to international and regional conventions related to human rights and harmonizing national legislation with the provisions of these conventions.”

Sheikh Khalifa bin Ali Al Harthy, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Diplomatic Affairs, the sponsor of the occasion, said in a statement that the formation of the Omani Human Rights Committee is an indication of the interest and keenness of the Government of the Sultanate of Oman to preserve human rights, whether he is a citizen or a resident, and the accession of the Sultanate of Oman to seven conventions The international level in human rights out of nine is only another indication of the Sultanate’s keenness in this aspect and its commitments within the framework of international human rights determinants.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Shuwain al-Hosani, Chairman of the Omani Human Rights Committee, in his opening address said: “Justice is a cornerstone on which local and global laws and legislation are based. which should be enjoyed by all human beings in different parts of the world. “

Al-Mukarram added that the constitutional legislation in the Sultanate came to confirm this right and other rights, as Article (18) of the Basic Law of the State stipulates: “Life and dignity are the right of every human being, and the state is committed to respecting and protecting them in accordance with the law.”

Al-Mukarram stated that the Basic Law of the State affirmed that “all citizens are equal before the law, and they are equal in public rights and duties, and there is no discrimination between them in this regard on the grounds of gender, origin, colour, language, religion, sect, domicile or social status.”

Al-Makaram pointed out that the Sultanate’s decision to accede to the aforementioned conventions came to confirm the prevention and criminalization of physical or moral torture or humiliating treatment, in addition to the continuous work to raise the level of care for economic, social and cultural rights, within the framework of sustainable development that aims at prosperity, security and a decent life for all members of society.

The seminar includes seven specialized working sessions, including discussion sessions to enhance the role of the participants, who are representatives of government agencies and institutions.

The seminar aims to enhance and raise awareness of the concept of the three conventions, including the provisions and articles they contain, to emphasize the mechanisms concerned with the protection of national and international human rights, and to enhance the complementary role among all parties concerned with its implementation, especially since it became part of the law after joining them in accordance with the provisions of the Basic Law of the State and the regulating royal decrees.

Lawyer Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Shanfari, a member of the Omani Human Rights Committee, told the Oman News Agency that the Sultanate of Oman has taken a great step to consolidate the concept of human rights, guarantee his rights, and implement what the laws guarantee in his favor through the various state agencies by enforcing laws and following up on their implementation, as it guarantees people their legitimate rights in education, health and living. The honorable person has the right to defend himself and the right to appoint a lawyer and to provide all aspects of legal defense, and all of these rights and duties aim to preserve human dignity, protect him and enable him to live a decent life in a manner that ensures that he obtains all his legitimate rights as guaranteed by the Basic Law of the State and the relevant royal decrees.

The work of the first day of the seminar included three sessions that dealt with several topics, including the efforts of the Sultanate to join international human rights conventions and their interaction, the definition of the three conventions, the role of international mechanisms in following up on the implementation of conventions, and the legislative and administrative measures in the Sultanate of Oman to combat torture.

The organization of the workshop by the Omani Human Rights Committee comes with the aim of examining the mechanisms for implementing the agreements and disseminating their contents in order to achieve awareness of them among the relevant authorities and those working in the field of promoting and protecting human rights.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

× Contact us for news, article submissions, and SEO services.