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The Shura Council Discusses Promoting Society's National Identity

16 May 2022



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The Shura Council held Monday its regular weekly session under the chairmanship of HE Speaker of the Council Hassan bin Abdullah Al Ghanim.


At the beginning of the session, the council denounced the crime of assassinating Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Aqlah, a reporter for Al Jazeera channel, near the Jenin camp in the West Bank and the injury to another journalist by the Israeli occupation's forces. The council considered that these criminal practices, which the occupation has consistently committed, and the killing of innocent defenseless Palestinians, are clear violations of international humanitarian law that take place with disregard of all international norms and covenants.


Afterwards, HE Secretary-General of the Shura Council Dr. Ahmed bin Nasser Al Fadhala read out the agenda of the session. The minutes of the previous session were ratified.


The council discussed enhancing national values and identity in society, based on a motion by a number of members of the council. HE Speaker of the council highlighted the importance of the topic, given the society's openness to other culture. His Excellency maintained that while such openness has positives, its downside must not be neglected. He stressed the importance of enhancing religious identity given its duty as an important backstop for society.


His Excellency pointed out the contents of the speech of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at the opening of the 50th session of the Shura Council, which focused on the impossibility of separating any national vision or strategy without addressing issues related to values and identity.


In turn, HE the Deputy Speaker Dr. Hamda bint Hassan Al Sulaiti stressed the importance of national values and identity, indicating that they are firm foundations for the Qatari society.
For their part, the members of the Council touched on the importance of strengthening national values and identity, in line with what was stipulated in the Constitution of the State of Qatar, especially in article (18), are justice, benevolence, freedom and equality.


The members of the Council stressed the need to be aware of the effects of technology, various media and social media, and the need to adhere to the values of society. They pointed to the role of the family and the school in promoting national values and identity, stressing in this context the essential role of parents in education and socialization. After discussions on the aforementioned issue, the council decided to refer it to the Information and Cultural Affairs Committee for study and to submit a report on it to the Shura Council.


Afterwards, the council was briefed on the participation of HE Member of the Council Sheikha bint Youssef Al Jufairi on a seminar organized by the State of Qatar's embassy in Hague, in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Embassy to the state on the occasion of the International Women's Day.