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:
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
SR on housing (2014, visit accepted)
Qatar tabled voluntary pledges and commitments in support of its candidacy for membership for the
period 2018-2020 on 24 April 2017. The document presents Qatar’s national, regional, and international level commitments and pledges.
At national level, Qatar pledged, inter alia, to: continue to strengthen and support its NHRI; support public policies that promote the human rights of women, children, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and migrant workers; and continue to integrate human rights into school curricula.
At regional level, Qatar committed, inter alia, to: create incentives to address human rights issues as priority
topics in regional forums; and continue to provide various forms of support for the UN Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region in Doha.
At international level, Qatar pledged, inter alia, to: press for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly by strengthening international efforts to report on progress made in implementing SDG16; continue cooperating fully with international organisations and UN human rights entities, particularly the Council and its mechanisms; continue supporting the work of international organisations and UN human rights entities; work to implement the recommendations accepted by the government during the UPR; maintain its standing invitation to Special Procedures; and consider acceding to the international human rights instruments to which it is not yet a party.
An analysis of steps taken by Qatar in fulfilment of its international pledges shows that it has submitted its
periodic reports under all treaties to which it is party. It is yet, however, to ratify the communications procedures under most of these conventions (it has only accepted the complaints procedure under the CAT). Regarding the Special Procedures, Qatar, as pledged, has responded to almost 70% of all communications received, and has maintained its standing invitation. However, it has completed less than 60% of all visit requests.