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Is Suicide Decriminalised?

Has the country decriminalised suicide, with clear legal frameworks and policy positions?


Are Crisis Lines Available?

Is free, confidential support from a helpline or hotline available? Status provided by find a helpline.


National Suicide Prevention Strategy?

Is there a national suicide prevention strategy, such as from the WHO, and does include decriminalisation, if known?


Population in Need of Support Per Year

Based on the WHO likely attempted suicide rate.

As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

Strength Of Support (Local Qualitative Assessment)

Political Support

Civil Society Support

Religious / Cultural Support

Legislative Activity

Suicide Rate Per 100K Per Year, all Sexes (SDG 3.4.2)

per 100,000
WHO 2019 for SDG 3.4.2. Global average 1 per 100,000

Suicide Deaths Per Year (By Population)

per annum
As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

Qatar, officially known as the State of Qatar, is located on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. This small but wealthy nation is characterised by its arid desert landscape, dotted with modern cities and infrastructure. The country boasts traditional Qatari customs and the influences of expatriate communities that play a pivotal role in the lives of its inhabitants.

Qatar's religious makeup is predominantly Sunni Muslim, with smaller Shia and Ibadi communities.

The legal system in Qatar is a combination of Islamic Sharia Law and Common Law. These legal systems often overlap, especially in personal matters related to births, deaths and marriages. Qatar's legal framework reflects its Islamic heritage and contemporary legal influences.

Like many other nations, Qatar inherited colonial-era laws from the British protectorate. One of the notable aspects of Qatari law is its stance on suicide. Suicide is a criminal offence. The Qatari Penal Code, Article 304,.) stipulates that "Whoever attempted to commit suicide by using or taking any act towards the commission of such offence shall be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months and/or a fine not exceeding three thousand Qatari Riyals (QR 3,000).”

The World Health Organization (WHO) advocates for the decriminalisation of suicide and suicide attempts. Finding out more and removing such laws removes stigma and allows avenues for providing appropriate mental health support to individuals in crisis.

Criminalising suicide punishes distress. Decriminalising suicide saves lives.

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