The IHCHR member, Dr. Ali Al-Bayati, confirmed the Commission’s efforts to establish a network in coordination with other regulatory bodies and civil society organizations to monitor the health and environmental situation, to ensure the right of citizens to health care and the availability of the underlying determinants of health as provided for by domestic and international legislation.
He said during a meeting with a number of civil society organizations working in the field of health and environment “The Commission’s doors are open to cooperate with organizations in monitoring the human rights situation, especially with regard to the right to health and environment file, stressing the Commission’s efforts to establish a Widespread Health Observation Network in cooperation with other regulatory bodies and civil society organizations working in direct contact with citizens.
Dr. Al-Bayati stressed the necessity of focusing on the awareness aspect through making citizen aware of his rights to health care, aware of the culture of lodging a complaint and how to follow the legal frameworks to get his rights. He also underlined the importance of strengthening the oversight aspect to ensure protection of these rights.
For their part, the NGOs appreciated the invitation of the Commission for this meeting and expressed their readiness to expand cooperation with it in the oversight and coordination aspects with the IHCHR monitoring teams, and to participate in the events and campaigns organized by the Commission in this respect.