The Chairman of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri has underlined that people
with disabilities still need to make further efforts to remove the barriers which affect their integration into
Addressing an international workshop organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in
Geneva under the title ‘Cooperation between the United Nations and regional mechanisms for the promotion and
protection of human rights’, Dr. Al-Marri pointed out that persons with disabilities are the largest minority in
the world, however, many of them live in poverty and suffer from isolation and deprivation of education,
employment and health care, adding that disability movements all over the world played a major role in the
adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
He noted that national human rights institutions have wide functions for the protection and promotion of human
rights, on the basis of the Paris principles which are the legal terms of reference for their establishment and
definition of their functions, foremost of which were the pursuit of the objectives set forth in international
human rights conventions to which the State has become a party, and recommendations for stakeholders, such as
proposals on existing legislations and draft laws and their compatibility with the provisions of international
Dr. Al-Marri said national human rights institutions have quasi-judicial functions such as the consideration of
any abuses or violations of human rights and work to resolve the complaints they receive through cooperation and
coordination with the competent authorities and proposal of ways to address and prevent their occurrence.
Dr. Al-Marri I reviewed the experience of Qatar’s Human Rights Committee in the promotion and protection of
economic, social and cultural rights of persons with disabilities at local, regional and national levels,
pointing out that the Committee, at the local level, has worked to encourage the government to ratify the UN
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Committee also made recommendations calling for the
change of the national legislation to match the provisions of the Convention, Dr. Al-Marri said stressing that
the government has responded to those recommendations and invited the Committee to participate in the drafting
of a draft law to change law No. 2 of 2004 pertaining to people with disabilities.
The Chairman of Qatar’s Human Rights Committee explained that the Committee has formulated 7 new provisions
related to economic, social and cultural rights, and decisions on the right to education, health, employment and
housing standards, in addition to the right of access to public and private facilities, and cultural and sports
services. “The Council of Ministers approved in 2012 the draft resolution but it is still under legislative
procedures,” Dr. Al-Marri said.
He added that the issuance of the resolution by the state will be a full legislative step for compliance with
the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.