UPR: Qatar

Published: June 9, 2010

UPR: Qatar

Mr. President, distinguished members of the delegation,

We wish to address recommendation 86 (6) in the Working Group report on Qatar. This provision calls for the promotion of tolerance, measures to decriminalize consensual sexual activity among person of the same sex and to ensure that no one is punished for such activity under Sharia law.

Whilst we are aware that Qatar does not support this recommendation, continued criminalisation raises serious issues of discrimination and jeopardises the important goal of promoting sexual health amongst same sex people, including the struggle against HIV/AIDS. The Human Rights Committee has noted that laws criminalising homosexuality “run counter to the implementation of effective education programmes in respect of HIV/AIDS prevention” by driving marginalised communities underground, a finding supported by UNAIDS and other key actors in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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