United Nations calls on Qatar to reform workers rights

The United Nations member states have told urged Qatar to reform its domestic workers’ rights policy and ban capital punishment.

The Gulf country has taken a number of initiatives to bring its national legislation in line with international human rights covenants, said a Qatari official at the country’s review on Wednesday.

Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi, state minister for foreign affairs and head of the delegation, listed several acts and decrees issued since the last visit of the Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in 2014 aimed at upholding the rights of women, children, persons with disabilities and migrant workers.

Qatar has acceded seven UN treaties, including two major ones in 2018, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that everyone is entitled to, based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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However, the member states called upon Qatar to remove its reservations to some of the articles of the Covenants and swiftly adapt its national laws to their principles.

“It’s a work in progress, we have created committees that shall review our legislations based on the articles of the Covenants,” said an official from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Source: AFP

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