Qatar: UN rights expert to assess racism and xenophobia during official visit

GENEVA, The UN Special Rapporteur on racism, E. Tendayi Achiume, will undertake an official visit to Qatar from 24 November to 1 December 2019 to assess the country’s efforts to combat racism and eliminate discrimination.

During her eight-day mission, the Special Rapporteur will speak with government officials to learn more about their efforts to eradicate racial discrimination and inequality in policy and practice. She will also engage with organisations and individuals, including civil society groups and academics.

My mission will focus on all facets of racial inequality that infringe people’s full enjoyment of their human rights. I hope that all my meetings and visits will allow me to gather a broad cross-section of perspectives on the state of racial equality in Qatar, said Achiume, whose mission will include visits to Doha and its surrounding areas.

The Special Rapporteur will examine the experiences of individuals and groups facing racial discrimination and inequality, including non-citizens, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, stateless people, and ethnic and religious minorities, as well as people of African and Asian descent.

I will pay attention to structural forms of discrimination and exclusion, and I expect to collect information about incidents of explicit racism and related intolerance in the country. Discrimination against migrant workers will also be an important focus said Achiume.

I look forward to hearing from migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, women, people deprived of liberty, and others who experience multiple forms of discrimination.

The Special Rapporteur will share her preliminary observations and recommendations at a press conference on Sunday 1 December 2019 at 13:30 local time, at Hotel Intercontinental Doha the City, West Bay, Qatar. Access will be strictly limited to journalists.

Achiume will submit a full report of her visit to the UN Human Rights Council in July 2020.

Source: United Nations Human Rights