The Gulf crisis has hit more than 13,000 citizens in the region, says NHRC

The Gulf crisis has hit more than 13,000 citizens in the region, says NHRC

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The losers in the ongoing Gulf crisis are the people who live in the respective countries themselves. This is true in the case of Qataris who have relatives in countries that have blockaded it and vice versa.

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) of Qatar made a detailed study of the situation and has brought out a report which says that at least 13,314 people have been directly affected by the decision of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE to sever relations with Qatar.

The violations included family separations, suspending the right to travel, education, work, freedom of opinion, residency and ownership, reported Gulf Times.

The decision by the three countries to blockade Qatar disregarded all human rights and humanitarian standards and affected Gulf citizens, said the daily.

The report stated that hundreds of complaints had been submitted to the NHRC via e-mail, phone, or personal visits to the NHRC headquarters in Doha, reported The Peninsula.

According to data collected by NHRC, approximately 11,387 citizens from the three Gulf states live in Qatar, and approximately 1,927 Qatari citizens live in those states.

All of those people have been affected in different areas and sectors to varying degrees. In some cases, the actions of the Gulf states separated a mother from her children.

While the NHRC appreciated the step taken by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and UAE to show sympathy for the mixed-families, it also demanded the three states to clarify the execution mechanisms and emphasised on the inclusion of all human rights and legal areas.

“The Conflict Resolution Commission of the GCC has to play its role in resolving the ongoing rift, and even more vitally when the conflict directly affects the lives and principle rights of a large number of the GCC states citizens” Dr. Ali Al Marri, chairman of NHRC, said.

NHRC team recorded 764 complaints for various types of violations against citizens of the four Gulf states between June 5 and June 12.

Illustrations credit: NHRC/The Peninsula

By Molten Metal• 16 Jun 2017 13:35
Molten Metal

Lets not be that much serious in the counting. We all know we are good neighbours, we will remain so. Time is a great healer, everything will be alright very soon. People have soft feelings for one an other in all countries.

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