Qatar Stresses Importance of Rule of Law

New York, October 12 (QNA) – The State of Qatar has stressed that the concept of the rule of law is an important aspect of the manifestation of human civilizations, and the promotion of this concept will help to keep peace, encourage development, increase the chances of cooperation and can, therefore be a supportive factor for building a harmonious factor.
 The remarks came during a speech by Legal Researcher at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hessa Saqr Al Marikhi before the Sixth Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations during its 67th session on Agenda Item 83: The rule of law at the national and international levels.
 At the national level, societies that are governed by an independent judiciary that ensures international norms and standards for the protection of human rights, where are measures to ensure adherence to the principles of the concept of the rule of law, where there are remedies for reparation, and where all those who violate the law are held accountable, including the State itself, live with adequate security and peace, Al Marikhi explained.
 At the international level, the rule of law must be base on the general principles of international law and the foundations of justice, she said, adding that relations between countries must be governed by the rule of law and the principle of equality among them, the settlement of international disputes by peaceful means and there should be effective deterrent mechanisms in case of the use of for or the threat to use force by some countries.
 Therefore, when countries sign agreements and adopt decisions, they recognize that this legal approach must be respected, for it would be in everyone’s interest to respect the law at the international level for the commitments it produces and the right it gives, she explained.
 The best proof of the international community’s good faith is its active participation in the high-level meeting on the rule of law, which was held on the sidelines of the General Assembly on September 24,2012, she said, noting that this meeting comes as a recognition by the United Nations of the increasing centrality that the rule of law holds at the national and international levels.
 In this context, Al Marikhi pointed out that the rule of law is indispensable to achieve all our collective goals.
 Stemming from its awareness of the importance of the rule of law, the State of Qatar  has taken action on various levels and in different sectors to promote good governance, and to strengthen the rule of law as a governing principle of political, economic and social life, she explained. 
 The State of Qatar has also made the rule of law an essential part of its national strategies, she said, noting that the State of Qatar always seeks to uphold the law, equality under the law, accountability before the law, and justice in the application of law.
 The State of Qatar is seeking to join international conventions and has become a party to many human rights conventions, which early shows the State’s commitment to its international obligations, she said.
 Al Marikhi noted that in order to promote the culture of the rule of law at the national level, the State of Qatar is working on making the law known to all and can be specific and clear; the possibility to access law enforcement mechanisms by all and achieve justice and applying the law and equal footing with everyone; ensuring that no distinction is made between people for any reason; ensuring access to due process; ensuring the independence of the judiciary from the legislative and the executive powers; ensuring that executive power is subject to the authority of the law; ensuring that nobody is subjected to any treatment contrary to human dignity; and that the State is respecting its obligations stemming from international agreements and customary international law.
 In this context, Al Marikhi said that in order to uphold the principle of the rule of law, the State of Qatar has established an entity of management control and transparency, which are empowered with full powers and the resources that enable it to fulfill its mission in addition the United Nations Conference on Anti-Corruption was held in Doha where a center of the rule of law and the fight against corruption was inaugurated. Moreover the State of Qatar established a number of national institutions for human rights and democracy.
 Concluding, Al Marikhi reaffirmed Qatar’s keenness to develop domestic laws and regulations to join international conventions, promote a culture of respect for national and international law through conferences, workshops and other means.
 These procedures, policies and measures all stem from the State of Qatar’s belief in the importance of the principle of the rule of law in creating favorable environment to achieve security and prosperity.  (QNA)

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