Doha: (Raya Newspaper 18/1/2010): Raya newspaper in its issue this morning (18/1/2010) carried a report edited by Anwar al-Khatib in which he stated that al-Raya has obtained a copy the report on the universal periodic review mechanism of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, which was prepared by the National Committee entrusted with the task to be tabled for review by the Council in its 8th session in Geneva on 8 February.
The report reviewed the Human Rights situation in Qatar in light of the significant legislative and institutional developments and in public awareness the country is undergoing in this respect.
Under the Section subtitled, "Challenges", The report underlined that the promotion and protection of human rights is a strategic choice of the state and as such forms the backbone of the comprehensive reform policy, in the constitutional, economic, social and cultural development fields adopted by the government since His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani – may God protect him –assumed power in the country.
The report noted that despite significant developments at the legislative, institutional and public awareness levels as well the readily extended political material support for promoting human rights, there are still some temporary obstacles facing the state in achieving its objectives in this regard. These include what is described as the infancy of the legislation and the institutional mechanisms recently introduced to deal with the modern international human rights objectives as well as lack of the required level of technical know-how of the staff which is still in an infant stage of development.
The greatest challenge is to upgrade the role of women in society and provide enough opportunities for them to engage in as many spheres of work. The government also need to support women participation in economic activities in the context of an overall strategy aimed at further supporting women to practice their political and social responsibilities as a key partner in the country’s overall development process.
Copy of Qatar’s UPR report in Arabic, Raya Daily, Qatar