Egypt highlights Qatari discrimination against women, naturalised citizens in report to UNHRC

Ahram Online , Sunday 10 Mar 2019

File Photo: Egypt's minister of foreign affairs Sameh Shoukry at the UN High Rights council in March 2017 (Photo: Egyptian foreign ministry)

An Egyptian delegation presented a report to the United Nations International Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Sunday on what it described as the "blatant discrimination" between men and women in Qatar, as well as sexual violence against domestic workers and laws that violate children's rights in the Gulf state.

The Egyptian delegation referred to the provisions in Qatar's Nationality Law that discriminate between citizens of Qatari origin and naturalised citizens, who do not enjoy full political rights including voting and are prohibited from membership in any legislative body.

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination of the United Nations recommended that Qatar include in its national law a definition of racial discrimination.

The committee also referred with concern to the discriminatory article stipulated in the Qatari Nationality Act which denies citizenship to the children of Qatari women married to non-Qataris.

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