Human rights watchdog calls for law governing Qatar’s first legislative elections

As the Eid holidays pass and Qatar returns to business as usual, recommendations made by the country’s National Human Rights Committee are once again in the spotlight.

This week, local media reports are honing in on an NHRC report released in May that calls for a law governing Qatar’s first legislative elections, which are to be held in 2013. 

The watchdog group’s 2011 annual report also delves into procedures that are already on the books.

It criticizes, for example, a new law issued by the Emir governing the establishment of religious centers as too restrictive, adding it grants too much authority to the Minister of Endowment and Islamic Affairs.

NHRC also recommended that ministers and senior government officials:

  • Disclose their personal assets in the interest of transparency;
  • Be monitored by the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, a recently established anti-corruption body;
  • And not be allowed to own businesses.

Read the full report below.


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