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Mohamed Al-Ajami is wearing a leather jacket and a kafeyya, and is speaking while raising his fist Alkarama welcomes the release, on 15 March 2016, of Mohamed Al-Ajami, a Qatari poet who had been sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for writing and reciting, in his home, a poem criticising Arab governments and praising the Tunisian revolution in 2010. Al-Ajami was arrested in 2011 and sentenced in 2013 to 15 years in prison for "inciting to overthrow the regime" and "insulting the Emir".

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On 26 January 2016, the Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (NHRIs) published its report recommending that the Qatari National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) − the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) − keeps its A status, as fully compliant with the Paris Principles − the international standards established to ensure the NHRIs independence from the government and effective promotion and protection of human rights. While taking note of this decision and congratulating the NHRC, Alkarama remains concerned over its lack of independence from the executive, as stated in our report submitted to the SCA.

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On 20 October 2015, United Nations human rights experts urged the Qatari authorities to release Qatari poet Mohammed Al Ajami, who was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for writing and reciting a poem, at home, criticising Arab governments and praising the Tunisian revolution in 2010.

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On 16 July 2015, Alkarama submitted a report to the Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC-NHRI) on Qatar's National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) which will be reviewed at the SCA next session on 16-20 November 2015. Pointing out to its subordination to the executive power, Alkarama called upon the SCA to downgrade Qatar's NHRC status from "A" to "B" to indicate its lack of compliance with the Paris Principles – the international standards established to ensure the NHRIs independence from the government and effective promotion and protection of human rights. In its review of the Qatari NHRI, the SCA will assess, among others, its pluralist representation of society, its independence from the government and the scope of its mandate.

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On 18 June 2015, during the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC)'s 29th session, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers (SR IJL), Gabriela Knaul presented the report of her visit to Qatar, from 19 to 26 January 2014, which aimed to assess the independence of the country's judiciary. Although Mrs Knaul welcomed the State's progress in developing its justice system – through recognising the principles of separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary in its Constitution – as well as its engagement with the UN human rights mechanisms, she expressed deep concerns over flaws in the justice system, especially regarding due process and fair trial guarantees.

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Qatar - HR Instruments

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

No

Convention against Torture (CAT)

CAT: Accessed on 11.01.2000
Optional Protocol: No
Art. 20 (Confidential inquiry): Yes
Art. 22 (Individual communications): No

State report: Due on 23.11.2016 (3rd)
Last concluding observations: 25.01.2013

International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CED)

No

Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Last review: 05.2014 (2nd cycle)
Next review: -

National Human Rights Institution (NHRI)

National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) – Status A

Last review: 10.2010
Next review: 11.2015