Qatar calls on human rights body to end ordeal of victims of illegal siege
Qatar has called upon the United Nations Human Rights Council and its relevant mechanisms — especially the special procedures — to carry out their responsibilities urgently, seriously and more effectively to put an end to the violations caused by the unjust siege imposed by some countries in the region.
“There should be an end to the suffering with effective redressal of grievances of those affected and those responsible held accountable in order to prevent the recurrence of those violations,” Al Mohannad Ali Al Hammadi, Qatar’s deputy permanent representative to the UN Office in Geneva, was quoted as saying by Gulf Times.
Al Mohannad Ali Al Hammadi said June marked one year of the unilateral and coercive measures and the unjust siege. During this year, the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar received 4,105 complaints.
The report of the technical mission of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights also monitored a long list of violations involving families that were separated and prevented from communication. The violations reached the point of depriving children of one of their relatives, and the members of these families have been subjected to great psychological pressure, reported The Peninsula.
“Many students were prevented from continuing their education, patients were forced to leave hospitals, and individuals denied their right to work or to access their property because of their Qatari nationality,” Al Hammadi said, according to Qatar Tribune.
“The Hajj season is approaching and the same scenario is repeated. The Saudi authorities continue to create obstacles and take arbitrary measures against the citizens and residents of Qatar from performing this Islamic ritual in the Kingdom,” Al Hammadi said.
He said the siege had far-reaching effects, particularly on the social fabric and the rights of individuals, which are difficult to remedy if decisive and urgent action is not taken to end such violations.