Qatar has stressed that corruption harms the rule of law and the ability of states to strengthen governance systems that respect and comply with human rights standards.
This came in the speech of Qatar, delivered by the Deputy Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Abdullah Hamad al-Nuaimi, during the interactive dialogue on the Special Rapporteur's report on the independence of judges and lawyers under the third item on the agenda of the Human Rights Council.
Al-Nuaimi said Qatar agrees with what was stated in the report that corruption is harmful to the rule of law and the ability of states to strengthen governance systems that respect and comply with human rights standards, as well as its impact on the ability of states to provide the resources necessary to fulfill economic, social and cultural rights, in addition to it being a major obstacle to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
He added that Qatar has taken advanced steps in the field of combating corruption at the national and international levels, pointing out the establishment of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority in 2011 to focus on oversight, transparency and integrity of public office and combat corruption in all its forms.
He also pointed out to Qatar providing all the requirement to support the work in the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre in Doha, which was established in 2013 and is promoting respect for the rule of law and fighting corruption, in addition to providing various training programs, including programs for prosecutors and judges in many countries.
Al-Nuaimi added that Qatar appreciates the great confidence the United Nations has in the Qatari Attorney-General by choosing him to occupy the position of UN Special Advocate for the Prevention of Corruption.
Al-Nuaimi said Qatar has emerged as an active and serious country in the fight against corruption globally through joining the United Nations Convention against Corruption and by allocating an annual award bearing the name of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, aimed at raising awareness on the importance of addressing corruption, encouraging the implementation of decisive measures of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and honoring the exceptional projects and efforts aimed at fighting corruption.
He said that as a continuation of these efforts and in implementation of the Doha Declaration on Integrating Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice issued in 2015, Qatar and the United Nations recently signed a declaration of intent regarding the establishment of the United Nations Judicial Integrity Center for research and training in Doha, as a step complementary to efforts to create the global network of judicial integrity that aims to help judicial bodies enhance judicial integrity and prevent corruption in the judicial system.