HE Dr Ali bin Fetais al-Marri, Attorney General and the United Nations Advocate for the Prevention of Corruption, stressed that the independence of the judiciary anywhere in the world and law enforcement are what makes the world live in peace.
During his participation in the 26th annual conference of the World Jurist Association in Madrid, HE al-Marri said respecting the law and the principles of justice, integrity and transparency are all conducive to bringing peace to the world.
Linking the cause of the revolutions of the Arab Spring and justice, he said that the absence of justice, law enforcement and the lack of independence of the judiciary in a number of countries in the Arab world contributed to igniting these revolutions, because with the absence of justice and law, life becomes unbearable.
In this context, he spoke about Qatar's pioneering experience in the separation of powers, including the judiciary, explaining that the judiciary in Qatar enjoys full independence and that the legislative and executive authorities are separated.
He stressed that the issue of linking the world peace to the judiciary may surprise some, but there are experiences in the world, including the experience of the revolutions of the Arab Spring that began in Tunisia in 2011, which confirm that the absence of real justice in the Arab world and the lack of independence of the judiciary are enough to explode the situation in any society.
States must, therefore, adhere to these principles so that society can live in peace, he added.
In the absence of justice and the spread of corruption, the only option today is to have a real independence of the judiciary and the application of justice to all so that people can live in peace before the situation explodes because of the spread of corruption and inequality among members of society.
At a roundtable discussion on democracy and independence of justice held on the sidelines of the conference, HE al-Marri spoke about the importance of the principle of the independence of the authorities and its role not only in establishing the rule of law but in consolidating the principle of international peace and security.
A number of jurists, judicial figures and public prosecutors from several countries participated in the discussion.
The participants in the roundtable focused on a number of topics, including institutional and objective aspects in the judicial organisation and its decisions, the judiciary being subject to human rights laws, the judicial control of the constitutionality of laws, and the relations between different jurisdictions.
On the sidelines of the conference, the Attorney General met with a number of legal experts and personalities participating in the conference of the World Jurist Association in the presence of Qatar's ambassador to Spain Mohamed Jaham al-Kuwari.