Qatar – UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to conduct official visit

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was established by the former Commission on Human Rights in 1991 to investigate instances of alleged arbitrary deprivation of liberty.

The experts will share their preliminary observations at a press conference on 14 November 2019

GENEVA (31 October 2019) – The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention will carry out its first official visit to Qatar, from 3 to 14 November 2019, to assess the situation regarding deprivation of liberty in the country.

The delegation – comprising three members of the group, Leigh Toomey, Elina Steinerte and Roland Adjovi – will meet Government officials, judges, public prosecutors, lawyers, academics and other relevant groups and bodies.

They will visit places where people are held within the health and criminal justice systems, in immigration detention facilities and in other social care settings.

The experts will share their preliminary observations at a press conference on 14 November 2019, at 12:30 local time, at the Al Karana Room of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, West Bay, in Doha. Access will be strictly limited to journalists.

The Working Group will present its final report on the visit to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2020.

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