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On May 17, 2019, the United Nations Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) adopted a draft report following the review of Qatar’s human rights record on May 15, 2019. The report contains 269 recommendations made by United Nations Member States to Qatar, related to a flawed counterterrorism framework, the situation of migrant workers, women’s rights, and restrictions to the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly. 

Counterterrorism framework 

(Geneva, May 24, 2018) – The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) has published its Concluding Observations on Qatar’s third periodic report following the state’s review on May 1 and 2, 2018.

On March 26, 2018, Alkarama submitted its shadow report ahead of Qatar’s upcoming review by the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) during its 63rd Session in May 2018.

Our concerns
  • Lack of respect for legal safeguards and violations of the right to a fair trial, particularly in the context of the fight against terrorism;
  •  Restrictions on the rights to freedom of opinion and expression.


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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
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UNCAT Art 20 (confidential inquiries) ratified ?
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OVERDUE - State party did not submit report on time
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
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Human Rights Council
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