Annual Report: Qatar 2013

May 23, 2013

Annual Report: Qatar 2013

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Discrimination and violence against women

Women continued to face discrimination in law and practice and were inadequately protected against violence within the family. In particular, family law discriminated against women, making it much easier for men to seek divorce compared to women, and placing women at a severe economic disadvantage if they sought divorce or if their husbands left them.

Death penalty

At least one death sentence was imposed, on a Sri Lankan man convicted of murder; no executions were reported. Prisoners on death row included at least six men sentenced to death in 2001 for participating in a 1996 plot to overthrow the government.

Amnesty International visits/reports

  • Amnesty International delegates visited Qatar in October.
  • Qatar: Briefing to the United Nations Committee against Torture (MDE 22/001/2012)
  • Qatar should take steps to end use of torture and other ill-treatment (MDE 22/003/2012)