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Qatar: Qatar Comes under Human Rights Watch Radar for Election Laws

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


voting, human rights

The Election Laws of Qatar, created for the first ever legislative elections in the country, seems to have been receiving criticism from the Human Rights Watch for unfairly disenfranchising individuals from Voting and Running for elections. The new legislation, as per HRW, has drawn attention to the country's discriminatory citizenship structure. Qataris who are classified as "naturalised" rather than "native" under the country's Nationality Law are prevented from running for office and are primarily barred from voting in the October elections for two-thirds of the Shura Council seats. The new restrictions sparked outrage and debate on social media among Qataris, as well as small-scale protests. Their Law No. 7 of 2021 alongside two other laws was set to grant this council legislative powers. Al Murra, one of the Semi-Nomadic tribes of Qatar has been vehemently opposing this policy.