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Maat criticizes the Human Rights Situation in Qatar

Maat criticizes the Human Rights Situation in Qatar

Okeil: The Qatari authorities target all forms of opposition

Monica Mina: Qatari legislation contravenes the international charters and conventions

In an oral intervention delivered  to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights criticized the continuous deterioration of the human rights situation in Qatar, which witnesses several violations, during the adoption of the final report of the State of Qatar during the discussion of item 6 of the Council of the Universal Periodic Review mechanism. Qatar accepted only 178 recommendations out of 270.

Ayman Okeil, President of Maat, stated that the Qatari authorities have continued to target all forms of political and civil opposition by increasing arbitrary detention, stripping citizenship, banning travel, intimidation and death threats, torturing detainees and retaliating against human rights defenders, as well as discrimination against women and migrant workers. This constitute gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.

Okeil added that despite Qatar’s recent accession to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in May 2018, it continues to restrict and violate these rights. The laws which criminalize freedom of opinion and expression, prohibit any peaceful assembly, and impose various restrictions on the right to form and join associations are still applied, in contravention of international laws and standards.

Monica Mina, Special Rapporteurs Unit Manager at Maat, called upon the Qatari authorities to amend the exceptional Qatari legislation that contravenes the international charters and conventions, especially the labour law, personal status law and nationality law; establish a parliament as provided for in the Constitution; organize elections under universal suffrage; guarantee the rights of women workers and foreign workers and stop violations against them, which have become recently the concern of the world and its human rights organizations; limit restrictions on freedom of opinion and expression, racial discrimination; and put an end to deprivation of nationality.

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