Maat criticizes the human rights situation in Qatar
Aqeel: The Qatari regime targets all opponents
Monica Mina: Qatari laws violate international charters and agreements
In an oral intervention before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights criticized the continuous deterioration of the human rights situation in Qatar, which is witnessing several violations, during the adoption of the final report of the State of Qatar during the discussion of the council’s sixth item, concerning the universal periodic review mechanism As it submitted 270 recommendations to Qatar, only 178 were accepted.
Ayman Aqil, head of the Maat Foundation, said that the Qatari regime continues to target all forms of political and civil opposition through the expansion of arbitrary detention, stripping of citizenship, travel bans, intimidation and death threats, and the practice of torture in many cases against detainees, in addition to discrimination against women and migrant workers, which They constitute gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.
Aqeel added that despite Qatar's recent accession in May 2018 to the vast majority of countries in the world by ratifying the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, it still limits and violates these rights, as these laws that criminalize freedom of opinion and expression and prevent any gathering have continued. It imposes various restrictions on the right to form and join associations, which are not in line with international laws and standards.
For her part, Monica Mina, who is responsible for the special rapporteurs unit at the Maat Foundation, called on the Qatari authorities to make an amendment to exceptional Qatari legislation that contravenes international charters and agreements, especially with regard to labor law, personal status law and nationality law, and the establishment of the parliament stipulated in the constitution, and the organization of elections by universal vote This is in addition to ensuring the rights of women workers and foreign workers and stopping the violations that are practiced against them, which have become the talk of the world and its human rights organizations in recent times, as well as limiting restrictions on freedom of opinion and expression, racial discrimination and an end to cases of deprivation of nationality.