The Minister of Justice, HE Dr Hassan bin Lahdan Al Hassan Al Mohannadi, affirmed that Qatar is working on revision of the punitive and criminal laws which were adopted before more than 10 years ago.

The revision will be completed with the cooperation of the Ministry of Interior, prosecution, the judiciary and community to discuss their suitability for the future and their role in reducing crime and to develop a vision for the future with the aim to prevent the crime before its occurrence, said the minister.

This was stated by HE Dr Hassan Al Mohannadi on the sidelines of the seminar about the future of legal social awareness in crime prevention and criminal justice which was held as a part of the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The Minister of Justice explained that the Qatari law system aims at achievement of the security of society and justice for all and Qatar has made great strides in the fight against cyber-crime.

Regarding the fight of Qatar against cyber-crimes, HE Dr Hassan Al Mohannadi said that there will be a center for the security of mail which has been approved as well as there will be implantation of cyber security project. The Minister also pointed out that the Ministry of Interior has a special section to combat cybercrimes and the ministry of communications is playing a key role in this field. In addition, HE Dr Hassan Al Mohannadi added that a special law has been passed to combat cyber-crime recently. He explained that cyber-crime is no longer counted as a local crime but it is one of the big challenges faced by Qatar and it has become a global threat.

HE Dr Hassan Al Mohannadi described cyber-crime as an incidental one on the community and a center to combat cyber-crimes has been established at the Ministry of Interior to provide experience for community for their involvement in crime prevention before its occurrences. In addition, he added that the Ministry of Interior bears more responsibility in fighting crimes and the government is offering all kinds of support, including cadres, officers, financial and electronic support for fighting crimes.

The Doha Declaration

Passed by acclamation at the 13th Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the Doha Declaration contains recommendations on how the rule of law can protect and promote sustainable development. The organising principles of the declaration are that sustainable development and the rule of law are mutually reinforcing and crime prevention and criminal justice should be integrated into the wider UN system.

Executive Director of UNODC & Director-General of the UN Office in Vienna (UNOV), Yury Fedotov, said:

The Doha Declaration would not have been possible without the wisdom of the Qatari government which-from the moment the venue of the 13th Crime Congress was announced-has set out with single-minded resolve to achieve agreement on the Doha Declaration. Their diplomatic industry led to bilateral missions to capitals to discuss crucial elements of the declaration, as well as support for pre-congress negotiations. In all these deliberations, the Qatari government never turned from the path of creating not just wise words, but the firm foundation for action. The result is a declaration that has energised the 60-year legacy of Crime Congresses and given it the power to shape how we tackle crime and promote development for years to come. I offer my wholehearted congratulations to the Qatari government and people for their generous support for the Crime Congress. I pledge UNODC’s enduring engagement in the coming years to ensure that these recommendations are fully implemented throughout the world.

Throughout the declaration emphasis is placed on fair, effective, humane and accountable criminal justice systems. Nations are invited to uphold human dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms and to prevent corruption and to enhance transparency and integrity. The declaration states that international cooperation is the cornerstone of efforts to enhance crime prevention. Eradication of illiteracy is also viewed as fundamental to the prevention of crime and corruption.

Child and youth related issues sit at the heart of the recommendations and should be fully integrated into criminal reform efforts. The results of the Doha Youth Forum that fed into the declaration are given the necessary support by Member States. Each of these recommendations has been crafted with the intent of creating a powerful point of departure for turning these principles into solutions that assist the victims of crime.