Statement by the Indonesian delegation at the 14th session of the Human Rights Council – Consideration of the Final Outcome of the Review of Qatar

June 9, 2010 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

On behalf of my delegation, I would like to thank Qatar for its updates and for its active participation within the UPR process.  We commend the Qatari Government for acting upon many of the recommendations put forward by the member states of the Council.

Indonesia commends the significant efforts made by Qatar to meet its human rights commitments and welcomes the progress made in ensuring a high level of human development for its citizens.  We note that Qatar is impressively on track to achieve all the Millennium Development Goals prior to 2015.

The establishment of the Qatari National Commission for Human Rights, in line with the Paris Principles, represents a positive step forward in the efforts to foster a culture of human rights in the country.

Indonesia also welcomes the establishment of the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue and the creation of the Doha Center for Media Freedom, both of which are instrumental in promoting a culture of dialogue and peaceful coexistence in a region currently beset by conflict.

Mr President,

The active participation of both Qatari civil society and the private sector in handling the issue of trafficking in persons, notably the protection of women and children, is to be highly commended.  Qatar’s national strategy on human trafficking is steadily generating results; however, we encourage the Qatari government to introduce further policies and training programmes for the promotion and protection of the rights of children.
By recently ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Qatar has demonstrated its commitment to improving the human rights of women in the country. Whilst much progress has been made in this area, we echo the recommendations made by several other member states for Qatar to ensure that domestic law unconditionally guarantees the equal rights of women.

In conclusion, I would once again like to thank the Government of Qatar for their cooperation and we wish them all the best for future progress and in realizing the important objectives outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030.

Thank you.

Geneva, 9 June 2010