In a comprehensive, exclusive interview with the Qatari Arabic daily al_Sharq, H.E. Dr. Khalid Ben Mohammad al-Attiyah, the Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee stressed that there were no political prisoners in Qatar; in answer to a question by Sharq staff reporter, Wafa Zayid, H.E. said that the NHRC records don’t show a single case of forced expulsion or a complaint of violation of the rights of the handicapped, the elderly or the Juvenile. Facts, H.E. added, that were confirmed by the NHRC’s surprise inspection visits to establishments concerned.
During the interview, H.E. underlined the complete independence of NHRC stressing that it accepts no dictates from anywhere and that there were no limits or prohibitions barring its activities or hindering the realization of its objectives. Relations with diplomatic missions accredited to Qatar, H.E. went on to say, are excellent. H.E. added embassies don’t influence or interfere in NHRC work and that no complaints were filed by any of these bodies on behalf of members of their local communities.
H.E. meanwhile, revealed that NHRC has investigated 22 cases of trafficking in humans outside Qatar where deals were being sealed by Labour agencies related to acquiring work visas or visit permits. NHRC took the required action to protect the victims rights in all 22 cases.
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