The Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Interior celebrated the Arab Human Rights Day, an annual occasion observed annually every 16th of March. The event was held at the Civil Defence Officers Club under the theme ‘Human rights and peaceful co-existence’. A number of dignitaries from various departments of MoI and representatives of Arab and Non-Arab expatriate communities in Qatar joined the event.

Arab Human Rights Day is considered significant on several considerations because of the close relationship between the idea of peaceful coexistence and social security in the region. It is remarkable that Qatar has been ranked for the eighth consecutive year in the Global Peace Index (first in the MENA region and number 34 at the global level). This achievement has placed Qatar as a model for cultural co-existence and social peace, where respect for others exists regardless of differences in race, religion or language.

Several factors have contributed to the realisation of peaceful co-existence in the State of Qatar – its care for the preservation of cultural diversity and response to the needs of expatriate residents from different cultural affiliations and cultures, ethnic and religious groups: outreach activities with Arab and expat communities to achieve the idea of community partnership to maintain security; respecting the system of national values while respecting the freedom of others to practice their own religion and beliefs; and the intensive activities organised by the Department of Community Police in collaboration with communities to raise awareness on safety and security. These contributed to the preservation of human rights and in spreading the message of peaceful coexistence among the many communities in Qatar.

The Arab and Non-Arab expatriates lauded the efforts of authorities in the country to protect human rights of community members and maintain peace and security in the State.

Community representatives were awarded with appreciation certificates and medals. Community leaders who participated in the event include Magdi Ismail from the Egyptian community, Binish Tamang from the Nepalese community, Omar Kamaluddin Al Khadi from the Sudanese community, Milan Arun from the Indian community and Ahmad Hussain from the Pakistan community.

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