United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South West Asia and the Arab Region. Overview. DOHA CENTRE MANDATE. The Centre was created at the behest of the State of Qatar and a number of member Sates .
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The Centre was created at the behest of the State of Qatar and a number of member Sates.
The opening of the Centre in Doha was the result of a host country agreement between the Office of the High Commissioner and the State of Qatar in 2008.
The Centre is an outfit of and functions in accordance with the internal structures of OHCHR
The Centre’s broad mandate was defined (under A/Res/60/153 ) as such: “to undertake training and documentation activities according to international human rights standards and to support such efforts within the region by Governments, United Nations agencies and programmes, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations.” The detailed mandate of the Centre is included in this host country agreement which was concluded between OHCHR and the State of Qatar.
Promote human rights through active learning, provision of advisory services on curricula design and dissemination of information
Activities that target ministry officials, national human rights institutions, secretariats of intergovernmental organizations, law enforcement agencies, the judiciary, students, professional groups, and NGOs identified by the regional and other field offices
Increase the capacity of the judiciary, law enforcement officials, members of parliaments and their staff, and other actors to apply human rights standards in their work
Develop and provide information and documentation systems on human rights and disseminate information through various media outlets
Training and documentation projects to raise awareness about human rights and foster research with civil society actors, universities, research and training centres, and media organizations
Advocate for the ratification of core human rights treaties, the withdrawal of reservations, and the implementation of and follow-up on reporting obligations and concluding observations
A library and an Arabic website established for the region
Human rights information disseminated through regional media
Encourage civil society organizations and academics to publish high-quality reports on specific human rights issues and assist in translating and disseminating them
Digital materials: credibility and other policy issues
Books and periodicals (high cost of HR/Legal books)
Audiovisual materials (if not available in digital format).
Classification and cataloguing
Evaluation and Statistics
Capacity development of staff
CHALLENGES documentation aspects of the Centre’s mandate.
Improvement in the quality of human rights (and legal!) knowledge is a long term endeavour that is labour intensive and requires a considerable amount of human and financial resources – (note the high cost of procuring legal resources)
There are a number of challenges relating to translation of materials into the working languages.
Updating (including adaptability) of materials
Quality control (esp. of Internet materials)
The creation of the Centre has heightened many expectations that OHCHR will be able to respond to various documentation needs.