UPR Qatar

Norway`s statement during the 33rd UPR session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in Qatar held on15 May 2019. The statement was delivered by Minister Counsellor Herborg F. Alvsåker


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Thank you Mr Vice President,

Norway welcomes Qatar’s participation in the UPR and notes the positive steps taken since its last review, including important legal reforms concerning the protection of guest workers.

Norway remains concerned about women’s rights and the protection of workers employed in private households.

Norway recommend Qatar to:

1) Adopt and implement measures and legal protection to improve conditions for domestic workers, including mechanisms for complaints and sanctions for violations.

2) Ensure the legal rights and protection of women by withdrawing its reservation and aligning its national laws to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

3) Take measures to remove existing restrictions on the free exercise of freedom of religion and belief of its citizens

4) To undertake an inclusive process with a wide range of civil society representatives when implementing the UPR recommendations.

Thank you.