Dr. Ali Al-Marri has welcomed the recommendations received by the State of Qatar at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) submitted during the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 27th session in Geneva.
Dr. Al-Marri stated that the State of Qatar has received 84 recommendations, ”and I would like to emphasize that the Committee welcomes the recommendations which directly address the area of its work, namely the recommendations that urged the state to continue its efforts to improve national mechanisms for the protection and promotion of human rights and the dissemination of awareness, education and training, particularly of public service staff and law enforcement employees, along with recommendations on the need for legislative and institutional development, including the support and establishment of institutions concerned with human rights issues.”
Commenting on the Universal Periodic Review of the State of Qatar, Al-Marri stated the report of the Working Group includes 28 recommendations relating to enhancing the status of women in society in topics related to equality, violence prevention and economic, political, civil and social rights; Al Marri added that “the National Human Rights Committee, since its establishment, submits recommendations on women’s rights to the State and we hope that those recommendations would see the light before the next review in 2017.”
The NCHR Chairman reviewed many challenges facing the protection of workers’ rights, saying in this regard that despite the efforts of the state, especially construction workers who work under harsh working conditions including the failure to get their entitlements, poor living especially and other forms of ill-treatment in small construction companies often managed by non-Qataris.
He added that the potential legislative amendments to abolish the sponsorship system and replace it with a system based on employment contracts in addition to the development of the inspection system will achieve a balance in the working relationship to ensure the rights of both parties, workers and employers.
Dr. Al-Marri emphasized the need for awareness among all concerned parties in the State of Qatar that the responsibility for the protection and promotion of human rights is not only the responsibility of government agencies; the development of civil is the prerequisite to build a society capable of building dialogue, self-confidence and social formations. Promoting debates and good practices is a must to improve human rights.
Concluding, Dr. Al-Marri extended appreciation and gratitude to the Qatar’s government for unlimited cooperation with international mechanisms for human rights in particular extending open invitation to all United Nations rapporteurs since 2010.