Peaceful Assembly

The Qatari constitution guarantees citizens the right to peacefully assemble and demonstrate. However, the Law No. 18 of 2004 on Public Meetings and Demonstration imposes significant pre-conditions which must be met in order for people to be able to exercise this right. The law requires that organisers obtain prior approval from the Director General of Public Security. In practice, the right to peaceful assembly is rarely exercised in the country, and in the exceptional circumstances when it has been exercised—such as the migrant workers protest in 2014—security forces have used excessive force to disperse protests and arrest protestors.