The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) organised yesterday a webinar on the rights of the elderly in times of crisis. The webinar presented a set of working papers related to the rights of the elderly in times of health crises.
Head of the Investigation and Legal Consultation Department at NHRC Nasser al-Marri presented a working paper on the rights of the elderly in the context of the international human rights conventions.
Social Affairs Expert at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs Reem al-Ajami presented another working paper on the social and legal protection of the elderly at the national level (the State of Qatar).
A third working paper on how to deal with the psychological aspect of the elderly during the coronavirus crisis was presented by Head of the Psychological Care Unit at the Center of Empowerment and Elderly Care (Ehsan) Salem al-Anezi. The webinar shed light on the situation of the elderly in Qatar, both in terms of the social and legal aspects, and in terms of the measures taken for their benefit.
The NHRC called for setting up an emergency room and developing national strategies to face the crises that may be exposed to the priority care groups, whether health crises or others. Meanwhile, the NHRC stressed the need for realising and activating the decision to establish the National Committee for Women, Children, Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Affairs, in addition to improving the process of protecting the priority care groups and defining the appropriate behaviour to meet the health challenges that they may be exposed to.
NHRC Assistant Secretary-General Sultan Hassan al-Jamali underlined that the NHRC continues to monitor the efforts of the State to commit to its national, regional and international obligations.
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