NHRC highlights 'role of US elites' to stop siege nations’ rights violations against Qatar
Drawing attention to the continued rights violations against Qatar by blockading nations, Chairman of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) His Excellency Dr Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri called on the US administration, elites, politicians, parliamentarians, and other organizations to play a stronger role in pressuring the siege states to put an immediate end on the discriminatory measures.
He underlined that despite calls of government and international organizations that condemned the blockading nations’ coercive and unfair actions, nothing has changed. However, as two years of the blockade have gone by the ordeal of the victims is only getting worse.
He said this while leading a session at a seminar in Washington DC that convened a group of think tanks in the United States, including diplomats, intellectuals, researchers of intellectual institutions, writers, and journalists.
رئيس اللجنة الوطنية لحقوق الإنسان يؤكد، خلال ندوة نقاشية عقدها المركز القطري الأمريكي بواشنطن، أن الإدارة الأمريكية والنخب والمنظمات والبرلمانيين، إلى جانب الساسة الأمريكيين، يمكنهم لعب دور أكثر فاعلية وتأثيرا للضغط على دول الحصار، ومطالبتها بوقف انتهاكاتها لحقوق الإنسان. #قنا— وكالة الأنباء القطرية (@QatarNewsAgency) June 28, 2019
The seminar shed light on the developments of human rights in Qatar and the repercussions of the blockade since the Gulf crisis erupted in 2017.
Dr Al Marri began the session with an overview of NHRC, describing its tasks, the most important challenges it has faced in protecting and developing human rights in Qatar, and the new challenges posed by the illegal blockade.
"Since the first day of the blockade, we have been plagued by complaints from citizens and residents of the State of Qatar, and even from the countries of the blockade themselves and we have been keen to communicate with the various concerned bodies and human rights institutions of the blockading countries themselves, to try to stop the violations that affected thousands of families, but to no avail, unfortunately! A matter which forced us to go to international organizations,” Dr Al Marri underlined.
He said that NHRC has taken several legal steps to assist the victims in a bid to reduce the impact of grave violations.
He further shared copies of the NHRC reports with the participants on the violations recorded since the start of the blockade, coupled with the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the decisions of the International Court of Justice.
Dr Al Marri also presented a detailed report on the decisions of the ICJ on UAE’s violations of human rights.
He pointed out that some property owners and investors have also suffered losses since the beginning of the crisis and still haven’t been able to recover their property or compensation for damage to their property.
This is in addition to the victims’ difficult access to the UAE courts to exercise their right to litigation.
"We believe that the US administration can play a more effective and influential role in resolving the Gulf crisis and pressure its allies the blockading countries to stop violations of the rights of citizens and residents of the State of Qatar, and the right of Gulf families in general, as a matter of priority given by Washington to the issue of defending human rights in the world,” Dr Al Marri stated.
“You thinkers, diplomats, parliamentarians and journalists are the most important players who can play a crucial role in protecting human rights and educating world public opinion,” he added.
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