Geneva, June 09 (QNA) – The United Nations Human Rights Council, currently in session here, has endorsed the report of the State of Qatar on the mechanism of the universal periodic review of human rights Qatar.
Chairman of Qatar”s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr. Ali bin Smeikh Al-Marri said the endorsement of the report was an assertion of Qatar”s credibility and a fruit of its efforts aimed to enhance and protect human rights, reviewing in this respect the vision of the state of Qatar towards human rights conditions in the country.
In a speech he gave on the occasion, Dr. Al-Marri explained that a review of the highlights of human rights in the State of Qatar reveal many efforts made by the state on the legislative and executive levels and shows its belief in the great value of human rights. That was evident in the democratic system, the supremacy of law as the base of rule as well as the assurance of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights stipulated in chapter 3 of the constitution, Dr. Al-Marri said.
On Qatar”s joining of international organization Dr. Al-Marri said that the State of Qatar has joined some agreements pertaining to the fight of racial discrimination and punishing for racial segregation in sport games, combat of torture, rights of the children convention and protocols attached to it, rights of persons with disabilities, in addition to other agreements of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
He added that Qatar recently joined agreements related to the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, crime fighting, prevention and fighting of human trafficking.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed.
The UPR was created through the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006 by resolution 60/251, which established the Human Rights Council itself. It is a cooperative process which, by 2011, will have reviewed the human rights records of every country. Currently, no other universal mechanism of this kind exists. The UPR is one of the key elements of the new Council which reminds States of their responsibility to fully respect and implement all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The ultimate aim of this new mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur(QNA)