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As per the 28th Human Rights Watch Report that reviewed human rights practices in more than 90 countries, this is the right time for Middle East and North African countries to act on the popular demands that have become voice of the youth in the region.

As people today are more aware and exposed to various government systems and mechanisms they expect relative changes for betterment of quality of life, on the humanitarian grounds. They understand their rights well and now are not patient to compromise their rights further. Hence it is important to make necessary changes in the existing regime structures by ensuring that citizens get their due respect, liberty and dignity essential to do it’s over all development overcoming the traditional biases.

The major five reforms that are immediate implementation in the existing MENA regimes include Rights of Women, who are generally have to suffer the most of injustice given the laws that curtail their freedom to make decisions of their life, ranging from dress code to choosing a life partner to moving friendly. They need to experience the equality that women around the world experience. Moreover they must not be treated as a dependent but a strength that have the ability to contribute to country.

MENA women made some advances on nationality issues in 2017. Tunisia repealed a decree that prevented Muslim women – but not men – from registering marriages with non-Muslims; it also passed a landmark law on violence against women, instituting measures to prevent violence, protect survivors, and punish their abusers. In response to Qatari women’s demands to pass nationality onto their children like Qatari men, Qatar pledged to grant residency to children of Qatari women, providing most but not all rights that non-citizen children have.

Notably, Qatar for the first time allowed women in its ‘Shura’ Council which was another change towards providing equal status to women and Saudi has also taken few steps in this direction but there is still a dire need to dismantle the entire system. Governments of the MENA region must take ownership to abolish systemic discrimination in opportunities, divorce, child custody, and inheritance against women giving them equal status and dignity they deserve.

MENA governments nevertheless devoted extensive resources to prosecuting people for their adult, consensual bedroom activities. Young people in the Middle East are well aware that their governments enforce morality but that will no more prove to be successful in covering inefficiency of governments. They need to understand that they cannot impose moral principles and must allow the due liberty to the residents.

MENA government officials jailed people for alleged insults to them or to loosely defined notions of the country’s “reputation,” “national interest,” “culture,” or “religion.” Saudi Arabia went so far as to define “insulting the king,” crown prince, or head of state as a terrorist offense for which the punishment is five to 10 years imprisonment. Bahrain jailed human rights activists like Nabeel Rajab for an “insulting” tweet. Kuwait sentenced a writer to seven years in prison for insulting the state of Qatar. Blocking Doha News in Qatar was another breach of freedom of expression. MENA governments should abolish any law that even uses the word “insult” in its definition of a crime. Limiting freedom of speech is like hampering chances of a country to develop further. The governments need to understand that criticism are required to be accepted and reforms needs to be undertaken for progress.

MENA governments have treated their countries – and sometimes the countries of others – as massive jails, arbitrarily denying people the right to leave or the right to enter. Saudi Arabia has imposed arbitrary travel bans on many Saudis, and detained visiting foreign government officials like Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Yemen President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, while Israel has refused to allow Gazans to exit even for urgent medical treatment or education abroad. Bahrain stripped hundreds of its nationals of their citizenship to punish families of activists. Israel refused entry to people – including Jews – whose political views it doesn’t like, and blocked human rights workers and journalists from accessing Gaza. Governments needs to stop treating their citizens like property to be held on to or disposed at their will and need to act like custodians not bosses.

It is important that these changes are not ignored further as they are already under the vigilance of international organisation demeaning their role in the country and international community. Making these reforms is bound to push progress of the countries and respect in the world.

 

The countdown has begun. Chainsmokers are all set to perform at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre on Thursday, January 25 and the crowd filled with excitement.

The Grammy awarded band performance is expected to see a flood of more than 5000 fans. As per the statement released by The Social Studio (TSS) to ‘The Peninsula’ they “…are expecting up to 5,000 attendees. Tickets are selling out fast and with seven more days to go before the concert, our event will be sold out soon,”

The Chainsmokers’ concert is coming fuelled with unique and engaging experiences such as glow-in-the-dark face paint, a personalised engraving station, an Instagram-friendly Photo booth and food along with special offers in neighbouring hotels. Tickets can be booked at Virgin Megastore branches in Qatar and priced QR275 (General Admission), QR550 (Premium) and QR990 (VIP).

The Chainsmokers Middle East concert is one of the major attractions of the ongoing Shop Qatar’ International Week. The Electronic Dance Music Duo gained immense popularity and stardom with their 2014 track ‘#Selfie’ that topper twenty single in several countries. In 2015, the duo made another record by their featured track ‘Roses’ which reached the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 driving towards their major achievement till now, Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for “Don’t Let Me Down”. The other popular tracks that fetched them fame included ‘closer’, ‘collage’ and ‘Memories…Do Not Open’.

Their amazing tracks have lured the crowd making them one of the most viewed YouTube videos generating billions of views. With just their track ‘Closer’ fetching nearly two billion views since it was posted nearly six months ago.

The duo is equally excited to meet their fans waiting for them in Qatar at this show. As their expression to ‘The Peninsula’ they said “We are so pumped to come! This is actually a show we have been dying for. When we got the email about it, it was a no brainer,”

The event is organised to boost second in a series of performances organised by TSS and supported by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) as part of its commitment towards supporting exchange of cultures and promoting tourism in the country.

Fans in Qatar cannot miss this wonderful opportunity, be there to experience an unforgettable musical performance by booking your tickets to the show.

 

 

 

 

The fifth edition of Katara Winter Festival is all set to offer wide array of fulfilled cultural and entertainment events. Cultural Village Foundation, the organisers have ensured amazing activities and events for the visitors for last four years and this year also they have boosted the excitement for the festival with the offerings.

The much awaited winter festival is to kick start on 18th January and conclude on 22nd January, from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The five day event is organised in cooperation with a number of entities, centres, sectors and other organisations of Katara.

The fun filled festival will offer its visitors a wide array of entertaining events with European show, Traditional folklore shows, informative events and varied display of traditional antiques, on the scene.

Apart from the stated attractions, artists and art lovers will also get an opportunity to acquire experience spectacular view of art collections ranging from textiles, perfumes and unique artistic items offered for sale.

Children and adults who have love for gardening can make most of this spring season by attending the workshop on ‘winter planting’ for children organised by the Ministry of Municipality and  Environment.

Visitors will also get an opportunity to witness the glory of nation to be displayed in form of collectables and equipment from all previous championships organised by Al-Galayel Championship.

There will also be a special exhibition and educational workshop with participation of Al-Gannas Association for young falconers and educational workshops for young falconers, as well as Al-Da’oo and Hudad Al-Suloqi at Katara’s Esplanade.

In addition to it, visitors will also get an opportunity to get information related to health and ailments with free medical check-ups conducted by Syrian American Medical Center, Al Hayat Medical Center, Bin Muftah Center, Naseem Al Rabeeh Medical Centre, Value Medical Center and Boston Medical Care.

The festival also offer entertaining shows on the art of public speaking and classic poetry by Tamim Toast Master International Club.

On the side-lines of the festival, Bedaya Centre would be participating to promote business start-ups by spreading awareness about various projects and their benefits to people.

So be there with your friends and family to make the most of this winter festival 2018.