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Posted On: 8 May 2014 12:10 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 01:51 pm

Arab states hail Qatari strides in human rights

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The Arab countries praised before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) yesterday the developments and achievements made by Qatar for the advancement of human rights in various fields.

Kuwait commended the efforts of Qatar in protecting and promoting the rights of migrant workers in the framework of international standards of labour law.

On his speech during the second round of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva Ambassador Jamal Al Ghoneim said the report presented by Qatar shows the efforts it made in order to protect and promote the rights of migrant workers established by the labour law, as well as to compel employers to pay the wages of migrant workers in a timely manner, adding that the breach of these requirements may result in punitive action.

He pointed out that the Qatari government formed a special team for guidance aimed at educating workers about their rights and providing legal advice to them.

He hailed the constructive efforts made by the Permanent Mission of Qatar to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva under the chairmanship of Faisal Bin Abdullah Al Henzab.

Morocco also welcomed Qatar’s position in dealing with the issue of human rights by ensuring the implementation of its obligations and strengthening the institutional system for supporting and protecting human rights in the areas of family, judiciary and women.

Algeria expressed satisfaction with the development of an institutional framework which is backed by Qatar in the fields of social work and international humanitarian law as well the launching of several national strategies aimed at the development of human rights.

It also praised the issuance of several laws in this regard, such as the law against human trafficking, social health insurance and the amendment of the Penal Code.

Tunisia commended Qatar’s decision to create a standing committee to prepare reports on the UPR, make decisions to ensure the rights of foreign workers and amend the sponsorship law.

Oman expressed its appreciation for the important role being played Qatar to protect human rights and taking all necessary legal, political and administrative measures aimed at achieving Qatar’s National Vision 2030.

Libya praised Qatar’s report, commending in this regard the Qatari delegation’s extensive explanation on the steps carried out to implement the recommendations taken during the interactive dialogue with the mechanisms of the United Nations Council for Human Rights.

Mauritania hailed the Qatari efforts to promote a culture of human rights and make Qatar a home shared by everyone, which is reflected in the report before the Council, in addition to Qatar’s effective role in the promotion and protection of human rights.

Lebanon said the report reflects Qatar’s remarkable effort which has been exerted in order to implement the recommendations it has received during the first round of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review, particularly at level of international cooperation to promote human rights through various events and activities.

Jordan also praised the efforts being exerted by Qatar in the protection and promotion of human rights at all levels of economic, social and cultural rights, particularly the right to health and education.

Palestine praised Qatar’s efforts in continuing to raise awareness of the importance of human rights and promoting efforts in spreading the culture of women’s rights and equal opportunities and empowerment of the family.

Sudan said Qatar’s regional and international initiatives reflects its commitment to the principles of human rights. It also praised Qatar’s role in Darfur peace process. QNA