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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.

On September 11, 2017, Alkarama wrote to the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism (SCT) to bring to their attention the case of Mansoor Al Mansoori, a Qatari citizen who has been arbitrarily detained since August 15, 2017 by the State Security Services. Al Mansoori was presumably targeted because of his past activism, although he has long since abandoned all political activities.

On 24 May 2017, prominent human rights defender and co-founder of the Union for Human Rights, Mohamed Al Otaibi, was arrested at Doha International Airport while on his way to Norway. On 28 May 2017, he was extradited from Qatar to Saudi Arabia. Al Otaibi had fled to Qatar in March 2017 to escape prosecution for his peaceful activism and seek political asylum in Norway, which had granted him travel documents to allow him to apply for refugee status upon arrival.

Alkarama Person of contact for country
Julia Legner, Email: j.legner - at - alkarama -dot- org , Twitter : @JuliaLegner
Our concerns
  • Violations of legal safeguards and fair trial rights, particularly in the context of counter-terrorism;
  • Restrictions of the rights to freedom of opinion and expression;
  • Violation of its obligations under the Convention against Torture, including the absolute prohibition of torture as well as the principle of non-refoulement.


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