During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
SR on adequate housing, 2014
Received Sub-Committee visit
Qatar tabled ‘voluntary pledges and commitments’ in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2015-2017 on 16 September 2014. The document presents Qatar’s national, regional and international level commitments and pledges for its membership term.
At national level, Qatar pledged to: continue to strengthen and support its NHRI; to develop and support public policies that protect the rights of women and children; continue to integrate human rights into school curricula; and to work with local civil society.
At regional level, Qatar committed to: promote human rights in regional forums; support bilateral and multilateral programmes on human rights; to play a crisis mediation role.
At international level, Qatar pledged to: continue to support the OHCHR documentation centre in Doha; cooperate fully with the Council and its mechanisms; implement accepted UPR recommendations; maintain a Standing Invitation to Special Procedures; and accede to remaining core conventions.
An analysis of steps taken by Qatar in fulfilment of its international pledges shows that it did make a voluntary contribution to OHCHR in 2014 and continues to support the regional documentation centre. Regarding engagement with the Council’s work, Qatar only participates in around a third of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues. It does, however, have a strong record of cooperation with Special Procedures. Qatar is yet to ratify the CPED, ICCPR and ICESCR.