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UN calls on Qatar to reform workers rights, abolish death penalty

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United Nations member states have called upon Qatar to reform its domestic workers' rights policy and ban capital punishment, AL Jazeera reports.

Qatar is one of the 14 states currently undergoing a Human Rights Council assessment, a UN-led process known as Universal Periodic Review (UPR) involving all 193 member states.

Since its last review in 2014, the Gulf country has taken a number of initiatives to bring its national legislation in line with international human rightscovenants, said a Qatari official at the country's review on Wednesday.

Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi, state minister for foreign affairs and head of the delegation, listed several acts and decrees issued since the last visit of the Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in 2014 aimed at upholding the rights of women, children, persons with disabilities and migrant workers.

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