Positive Step, But Unnecessary Rights Restrictions
(Beirut) – Qatar’s emir signed into law in September 2018 the Gulf region’s first law setting out procedures and requirements for people to seek asylum in the country, Human Rights Watch said today.
The law demonstrates Qatar’s commitment to refugee rights and serves as an example for the region. But it falls short of Qatar’s international obligations, particularly with regard to its restrictions on freedom of movement and expression.
But Rejects Major Protections for Women, Migrant Workers
With its unprecedented pledge of USD 50 million to UNRWA at a recent ministerial conference in Rome, Qatar will become one of UNRWA’s top donors and will have a major impact on the Agency’s ability to continue its vital services to the vulnerable Palestine refugee community during this period of dramatic financial crisis.
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) strongly condemns today's airstrike that targeted the civilian area of Latamneh in northern Hama countryside, where one of its health facilities is active.
The airstrike resulted in five civilian casualties: a mother, a father, and their 3-month-old baby girl, as well as a mother and her 1-year-old son. These civilians were waiting to receive medical attention at QRCS's Latamneh Primary Health Care Center.
The first consultative workshop for Qatari charitable organizations regarding the United Nations 2016 World Humanitarian Summit was held on 24 May 2014. Organized by Qatar Charity, Qatar Red Crescent Society, the Humanitarian Forum and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), twenty-four participants spent the day learning about and discussing needed actions for this summit to be held during 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.
(Doha, 10 April 2012) – The UN and the State of Qatar have signed a humanitarian partnership agreement to expand collaboration and strengthen joint coordination and response to humanitarian crises. The agreement is the first of its kind in the Gulf region.
In cooperation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs (OCHA) for the Gulf Region and the Qatari Sakha Company, Qatar Charity held a training course, preparing 27 trainees on the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in the field of humanitarian response to disasters.
The training course, entitled ‘Sphere’, was held at QC’s headquarters and the participating trainees were from Qatar and the GCC states.
(Doha/Cairo, 20 June 2011): The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Qatar Charity today officially confirmed, during a signing ceremony in Doha, the Stand-By Partnership Programme that aims at deploying Qatari experts in humanitarian emergencies as part of OCHA.
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