Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar, congratulated the leadership and the people of Qatar on the occasion of the National Day, which coincides with the 18th of December.
“On behalf of all the members and staff of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, I extend my sincere congratulations to the leadership and people of Qatar on the occasion of the national day of our state,” Al Marri said.
“The celebration of the National Day coincides with the achievements of the State of Qatar, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, internally and externally. The State of Qatar is steadily moving towards achieving its National Vision 2030, preserving its sovereignty and independence, in the face of many regional and international challenges, most notably the unjust blockade imposed on our country since the fifth of June 2017. Today, Qatar celebrates its national day and successfully surpasses the unjust blockade imposed by neighboring countries which continue to violate human rights, without concern for the suffering of citizens and residents of Qatar and the GCC countries as a whole.”
On the other hand, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri pointed out that “the celebration of the National Day this year also comes in light of the ongoing reforms undertaken by the Qatari government to protect and guarantee more political, economic, social and cultural rights for citizens and residents in Qatar. We appreciate the reform steps taken by the Government of the State of Qatar including acceding to the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in which the two Covenants are the cornerstones of the International Bill of Human Rights”. Al Marri also praised the “development of some provisions of the laws and the enactment of new laws such as the Entry and Exit Law, the Permanent Residence Law, the Political Asylum Act and other laws. These reforms and the new laws issued by the Qatari government reflect a supreme political will to reform the legislative system, ensuring greater freedoms and respect for human rights, and making Qatar a leader in the GCC region. The laws and reforms adopted by the Government of the State of Qatar are in large part consistent with the recommendations of the National Human Rights Committee in their previous annual reports and represent a strong response and support to them in the performance of its duties in the promotion and protection of human rights in the State of Qatar. We affirm our aspiration to continue and achieve further reform steps at the legislative level in the field of human rights, in light of the recommendations of the NHRC in its various reports, and in line with the State of Qatar at the international and regional levels. We at the National Human Rights Committee congratulate the State of Qatar on these human rights achievements. We call on the Qatari government to move forward with its reform and review the various laws that will guarantee citizens and residents” Dr. Al Marri concluded.