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CAIRO, July 17, 2018 (MENA) - Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit on Tuesday asserted that the Arab countries do not lack skilled and talented human resources.

In his speech at the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the new premises of the Arab Studies and Research Institute in October 6th City, Abul Gheit said that the Arab countries lack the scientific foundations and institutions that are capable of taking care of talented people.

CAIRO, July 16, 2018 (MENA) - Chairman of the Permanent Arab Commission on Human Rights Amjad Shamout renewed his call for Arab states to swiftly ratify the Arab Charter on Human Rights as it will be considered the only protection mechanism for human rights and development of a system that guarantees receiving human rights complaints.

The remarks were made at a ceremony held Monday at the Arab League premises to mark the golden jubilee of the establishment of the Arab Human Rights Committee.

Shamout also urged Arab countries to approve the charter's statute to be put into effect, adding that the committee will soon approve the Arab strategy for human rights and the Arab declaration for protection of human rights defenders and anti-torture guide.

He said the Arab Human Rights Committee's main achievement is putting a permanent item on its agenda pertaining to confrontation of Israeli violations to human rights in the occupied Arab territories in Palestine.

He also called for upgrading the Arab human rights system to  counteract agendas which contradict with principles of the international law.

CAIRO, July 15, 2018 (MENA) - The Arab League (AL) will celebrate on Monday the golden jubilee of the Arab Permanent Committee on Human rights by organizing a symposium titled "The Arab Permanent Committee on Human Rights..Achievements and Future Horizons".

In a statement released on Sunday, the Arab League said a number of Arab experts who contributed to the work of the permanent committee, representatives of the national organizations of human rights, civil society organizations concerned with human rights as well as the bodies concerned at the Arab League and the United Nations are taking part in the symposium.

The ceremony is held on the fringe of the 44th regular session of the Arab Permanent Committee on Human Rights which are held over two days.

The agenda of the committee includes discussion on means of confronting the Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Arab territories, the rights of Arab prisoners and detainees at Israeli jails as well as the return of Arab martyrs' bodies held by the Israeli authorities.

The committee is expected to approve a project on an Arab strategy on human rights as well as the Arab declaration pertaining to rights and responsibilities of individuals and groups in enhancing the basic human rights and freedoms.

BEIJING, July 10, 2018 (MENA) - China and the Arab world are convinced that their relationship needs to be further elevated, especially that Beijing is an effective international partner to Arab countries, the Arab League (AL) secretary general has said.

Ahmed Abul Gheit, in a speech during the inauguration of the eighth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF) here Tuesday, said both sides have since 2004 established about 15 mechanisms of cooperation as part of the CASCF.

Many memorandums of understanding have also been signed to activate cooperation in a number of fields, Abul Gheit added.

Today, a Sino-Arab digital library will be launched, he told the meeting, adding that a final communique will be released later.

A joint executive declaration on the "Belt and Road" initiative will as well be issued, Abul Gheit noted.

Today's meeting coincides with what Abul Gheit called growing challenges and pressures facing the Arab world, atop of which comes the Palestinian problem, especially after the US recognition of Al Quds as capital of Israel.

He stressed the importance of a comprehensive and permanent peace in the Middle East, noting that it is a strategic Arab choice embodied by relevant international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab peace initiative.

Abul Gheit said he is looking forward to furthering Chinese support for the just Palestinian cause and the struggle to establish an independent Palestinian state on the pre-l967 borders.

He reiterated the need to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis in line with UN Security Council resolution No. 2254.

The AL chief also called for support for the legitimate institutions in Libya for it to maintain its unity and sovereignty.

Abul Gheit said the pan-Arab body is also committed to Yemen's unity, sovereignty and independence. The Yemeni problem, he stressed, should be solved in line with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative.

He also talked about terrorism as a grave threat to world peace and security.

The world community should unite its efforts to fight terrorism and address its political and economic roots, Abul Gheit said.

The AL chief put the volume of trade exchange between China and the Arab world in 2017 at 191 billion dollars.

According to him, the "Belt and Road" initiative is a promising chance for cooperation that would serve interests of both China and the Arab world.

CAIRO, July 8 , 2018 (MENA) - Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit on Sunday met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his visit to China to take part in the 8th session of the ministerial meeting of the Sino-Arab forum.

The meeting covered ways to enhance Chinese-Arab ties at large in the various cooperation fields, Arab League Chief's Spokesman Mahmoud Afifi said.

The two parties also reviewed distinguished coordination as part of the forum's action since its establishment in 2014, he said.

They, moreover, exchanged views on a number of international and regional issues of priority at present including the Palestinian issue and conditions in Syria, Libya and Yemen, as well as anti-terror efforts, he said.

CAIRO, July 2, 2018 (MENA) - The 14th meeting of the Arab Commission for Human Rights (Charter Committee) kicked off on Monday at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.

The meeting is scheduled to review the first periodical report submitted by Iraq in pursuance of the Arab Charter on Human Rights (ACHR) to assess compliance of Iraqi laws and practices with the provisions of the charter.

The Iraqi delegation is headed by Iraq's Justice Ministry First Undersecretary Hussain Al Zuhaidi.

On the fringe of the meeting, the commission is expected to hold three-day closed working sessions restricted to its members to provide comments and recommendations on the report for the promotion of human rights in the concerned country.

The Charter Commission was established pursuant to the Arab Charter on Human Rights adopted at Tunisia Arab Summit in 2004 and implemented on March 16, 2018.

The Arab Charter on Human Rights affirms the principles contained in the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights and the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam. It provides for a number of traditional human rights, including the right to liberty and security of persons, equality of persons before the law, protection of persons from torture, the right to own private property, freedom to practice religious observance and freedom of peaceful assembly and association. The Charter also provides for the election of a seven-person committee of experts on human rights to consider states' reports.

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