NCHR promotes concept of human rights among citizens in Oman
The Second Gulf Forum of National Institutions for Human Rights kicked off here on Sunday, organized by the National Human Rights Commission, under the auspices of Chairman of Oman State Council Dr. Yahya Bin Mahfouth Al-Monthiri.
The two-day forum themed "the role of national institutions in promotion and protection of human rights: national experiences" aims at enhancing the protection of human rights. It focused on the performance of the civil society institutions in spreading awareness on the basic human rights supported by the universal declaration of human rights, and the Paris principles, besides concerned local laws.
The ICC Sub-Committee on Accreditation also contributes in supporting establishment of human rights national committees through evaluating their performance. The forum also works to strengthen ties and exchange of expertise between human rights national committees in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, civil society institutions, regional, and international human rights organizations.
The Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Oman Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Riyami said in press remarks that the forum will discuss a number of issues including international standards and principles of the establishment and work of national committees for human rights.
The forum reviewed the considerable expertise of human rights institutions in Oman and GCC countries, besides re-training members and staff of such bodies. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, International Coordinating Committee, International Labour Organisation (ILO), besides a number of governmental and public bodies in the field took part in the event.
The First Gulf Forum of National Institutions for Human Rights that was held in April 2010 in Qatar recommended making the meeting a regular event to be hosted by member states in rotation.
The natural and inalienable rights of all – citizens and expatriates – have always been given top priority in the Sultanate. The right to live in dignity is vital for all human beings and this alone helps them to be productive and contribute substantially to the task of nation-building, an arduous process in which the Sultanate has been engaged in, ever since the beginning of 1970.
The Sultanate has never wasted an opportunity to lay special stress on human rights. And on the eve of the Arab Day for Human Rights which was marked on March 16 under the theme ‘Human Dignity’, the Sultanate’s National Committee for Human Rights (NCHR) stressed on promoting the concept of human rights among citizens and expatriates. In this context, various events have been organised, said the NCHR chairman.
The chairman revealed a lot about his organisation’s plans that will include visits to institutions that deal directly with human rights with the aim of reviewing their performance. The NCHR chairman had other aims in mind. He said that all segments of society should recognise the rights guaranteed by the basic statute of the state and the laws. This alone will help the government and other institutions, including private ones, perform better.
He also said that state institutions, the private sector and civil society have an important role to play in this context. All this shows the importance the Sultanate places on human rights and the awareness which is being created among all sections of the public.
It must be stressed again that human rights play an important part in the development of any nation. It is evident that countries, where human rights are respected to a great degree, have achieved a lot of progress in many spheres. And nations having a gross disregard for human rights remain in the deep pit of want and misery.
Considering these realities, a general awareness about the rights of every individual has been created among the people in the Sultanate. The result is that they consider all others equal to them and respect their rights.
This mutual respect has resulted in cooperation among all. And it is this cooperation that is vital as the nation moves forward on the path of progress with the aim of achieving prosperity for its people. Mutual respect and cooperation together form the engine that drives the nation’s growth.
The NCHR and other organs of the state have a major role to play in promoting the awareness of human rights. This job is not an easy one. But it has to be performed with great vigour so that there is no discrimination of any sort. And this will be in the best interests of the nation.