New York - Media & Communication Dept. - 08 February 2024
The Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations hosted a reception to launch the State of Qatar’s candidacy for membership in the United Nations Human Rights Council for the term 2025-2027 in the upcoming elections in October 2024.
In her welcoming speech, HE Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani emphasized that Qatar has become a role model in the region in terms of promoting and protecting human rights on all fronts, represented by its humanitarian and developmental policies, mediation efforts, conflict resolution endeavors, and advocacy and empowerment of women, girls, youth, and persons with disabilities.
HE Director of the International Organizations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sheikha Hanouf Al-Thani highlighted Qatar's role in empowering women under the wise leadership of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, which has led to active participation in political, security, and economic sectors, as well as the Shura Council, the diplomatic corps, and high government and judicial positions.
In a related context, Assistant Director of the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mashael bint Mana Al Hajri underscored Qatar's full commitment to implementing voluntary pledges and commitments, including continuing to develop national legislation and aligning it with international human rights law, expressing Qatar's pride in its achievements in the field of human rights, reflecting a leading role in the region and the world.
The State of Qatar has previously been elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council five times since its establishment in 2006, the latest being for the term 2022-2024, due to Qatar's continued fulfillment of its national and international obligations towards the protection of human rights.