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22 Jun 2015

NZME, in New Zealand Herald

UN report criticises Qatar legal system as victims of fatal Villaggio Mall fire await for justice 3 years after filing lawsuit

"UN report critical of Qatari legal system", 20 Jun 2015

The parents of the Weekes triplets killed in a fire at a Qatar mall in 2012 say a UN report has confirmed their concerns with the Qatari legal system...The United Nations Report of the Special Rapporteur specifically cited the Villaggio mall fire and highlighted the lack of due process affected families such as the Weekes had faced for the last three years...The report raised concerns about "serious" shortcomings in the Qatari legal system, which "negatively affect the independence and impartiality of the justice system, as well as the realisation of people's human rights."...The UN Report recommended that Qatar improve its legal systems - noting its "considerable financial capabilities" to do so. It also recommended that human rights mechanism like the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights be ratified.