Friday, 16 April 2021 07:19 GMT

Qatar upholds humanitarian law principles


(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula

Qatar will remain a safe haven and supporter of the oppressed as emphasised by Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, said Minister of Justice H E Dr Hassan Lahdan Saqr Al Mohannadi yesterday, noting Qatar's adherence to this principle since the era of the founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani.

Qatar's government institutions and national committees are keen to uphold the principle of the rule of law and continue their efforts to increase community awareness of this principle, said the Minister of Justice during his speech at the inauguration of the international humanitarian law symposium.

The event was organised by the national committee for international humanitarian law in cooperation with its counterpart in Morocco to draw attention to the great legal risks and serious violations that have become normal for some countries, in disregard of the conventions and treaties which fall under the banner of international humanitarian law, the Minister stressed.

He added that this symposium comes at the heart of the mission of the national committee for international humanitarian law established in order to embody the approach of Qatar under the leadership of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Qatar's wise leadership believes in the principle of conflict prevention, maintenance of peace, security and peaceful resolution of disputes.

The Minister said participation of the Moroccan delegation in this symposium underlines Morocco's seriousness in respect of international laws and its firm commitment to the principles of international humanitarian law.

Minister of Justice H E Dr Hassan Lahdan Al Mohannadi noted that international humanitarian law today faces serious challenges, especially in situations of armed conflict and the failure of the international community to protect civilians in places of conflict and the hotbeds of tension and conflict. He also highlighted that Ministry of Justice presented an initiative to form experts network in the legal and legislative fields to enhance the exchange of experience in the fields of training and qualification.

The two-day symposium touches on different topics related to international humanitarian law, the categories protected by law, the scope of the law, its principles and the mechanisms of implementing the international humanitarian law on a national and global level.

Sultan bin Abdullah Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice and President of National Committee for International Humanitarian Law said the event is the first cooperation between both sides to achieve the goals of the memorandum of understanding on implementing the international humanitarian law. Al Suwaidi said the multiple armed conflicts in Libya, Palestine, Syria, Yemen and Iraq have had a destructive impact on people and belongings.

He added that Qatar established the National Committee on International Humanitarian Law due to its eagerness to effectively adhere to its global commitments, where the commission aims to spread awareness on the law through such symposiums targeting government employees and those working in relevant companies.

Al Suwaidi praised Morocco's stance on the fabricated Gulf crisis, where at the beginning of the crisis Morocco expressed its eagerness to not follow hasty statements which only results in fueling and deepening the differences. Morocco favours to take a constructive neutral stance and to encourage open and inclusive dialogue without infringing internal sovereignty. It also decided to have a clear stance and fulfill its commitments, Al Suwaidi added.

President of the Moroccan National Committee for International Humanitarian Law, Dr Farida El Khamlichi said the symposium combines the efforts of Qatari and Moroccan expertise to look into the international humanitarian law, define the law, its application, scope, differentiating it from other similar laws, present its main principles as well as the application mechanisms and ensure its respect. She said the aim of this symposium is for the attendees to connect scientifically, to develop expert network and those interested in international humanitarian law in Qatar and Morocco, which may have effective contribution to the committee's efforts in spreading the law.

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