The Director General of Public Security (DGPS), HE Staff Major General Saad bin Jassim Al Khulaifi, inaugurated the 5th Gulf Inmates’ Week activities on Sunday, 25 December 2016 morning at Gulf Mall. The Week is celebrated by all GCC countries under the slogan ‘Together to Achieve Reform’ as per the directives of Their Excellencies the Interior Ministers of GCC countries.
Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF), Qatar Red Crescent, Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MoADLSA), Sheikh Eid bin Mohamed Al Thani Charity Foundation, Religious Guidance Department at Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs are participating in week’s activities along with MOI Departments – Penal and Correctional Institutions Department, Medical Services Department, General Directorate of Passports, Qatar Police Sports Federation, Permanent Committee for Drug and Alcohol Affairs, General Directorate of Coasts and Borders Security, Community Policing Department and Al Adid service.
HE Staff Major General Saad bin Jassim Al Khulaifi, Director General of Public Security stressed on the importance of the GCC Inmates’ Week as the Interior Ministry plans to celebrate it every year to help promote positive behaviour of inmates and work on their rehabilitation and reintegration. He also aims to integrate them into the community making them active contributors to build a society through the help of government and non-government organisations.
The exhibition organised by Penal and Correctional Institutions Department, reflects the proper care and attention given to the inmates in the penal and correctional institutions, in addition to the activities and programmes provided to them inside the institution.
The Ministry of Interior promotes positive behaviour of the inmates and working on correctional measures, rehabilitation, educational and psychological programmes to make them good members who can contribute to the upgrading of the society.
Brigadier Khalifa Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Director General of the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation pointed to the importance of organising the Gulf Inmates week being worked on reducing the gap between the prisoners and society and make them accepted in the society once they are released and reintegrated into society through aftercare. He highlighted the efforts undertaken by the Ministry of Interior and the role of cooperating governmental or civil society organisations in the rehabilitation of inmates and providing support and assistance to their families. As well, the Week activities contribute in exchange of expertise and experiences among member states through the participation of delegations from GCC countries, he added.
Speaking about the human rights of the inmates, Director of Penal and Correctional Institutions Department (PCID) Brigadier Mohammed Saud Al Otaibi said that PCID is in constant contact with various human rights commissions and committees, and any activity carried out by the Department in the field of education, training or rehabilitation will be under the direct watch of these organisations. In general, prisoners’ rights are guaranteed by the provisions of the law and international conventions that are signed by the State of Qatar.
In spite of the limited number of female inmates, they are given high care and attention in terms of medical, psychological and rehabilitative support while taking into account the qualitative differences for the character commensurate with the women.
The PCID highlighted the equal treatment given and care given to local citizens and expatriates, as mandated by theIslamic values and commitment to UN model rules.
Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Zayed Al Muhannadi, director of Community Policing Department at MOI, Ali Hassan Al Hammad, Secretary General of Qatar Red Crescent, Najat Al Abdullah, director of Family Affairs Department at MoADLSA, Major Jassim Mohammed Al Ibrahim, head of Hospitals Security Division at MoI-Kuwait and head of Kuwaiti delegation also were present at the inaugural function of the Gulf Inmates Week.
The activities of the will be held at the Gulf Mall until 28 December 2016 daily in the evening from 5 pm to 7:30 pm.