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Corruption harms rule of law, ability of states to better governance: Qatar

QNA
Geneva
Qatar has said 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 the State of Qatar, delivered by Deputy Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the UN Office in Geneva, Abdullah Hamad Al Nuaimi, during an 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 RightsCouncil.
“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,” Nuaimi said.
He added that Qatar has taken advanced steps in the field of combating corruption at the national and international levels, pointing to 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 to Qatar’s provision of all support to the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center in Doha, which was established in 2013. The centre is promoting respect for the rule of law and fighting corruption, in addition to providing various training programmes, including programmes for prosecutors and judges in many countries, he said.
“Qatar appreciates the great confidence the UN has in the Qatari Attorney General by choosing him to occupy the position of UN Special Advocate for the Prevention of Corruption,” he added.
Nuaimi said Qatar has emerged as an active and serious country in the fight against corruption globally through joining the UN Convention against Corruption and by allocating an annual award bearing the name of HH 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 UN Convention against Corruption and honouring the exceptional projects and efforts aimed at fighting corruption.
“In 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 UN 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 complementing the 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,” Nuaimi added.

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