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The National Human Rights Committee has learned from credible resources that the 70-year-old Qatari citizen Ali Nasser Ali Jarallah and […]

The National Human Rights Committee has learned from credible resources that the 70-year-old Qatari citizen Ali Nasser Ali Jarallah and his 17-year-old son Abdulhadi have entered KSA under a family permit on Thursday, August 15, 2019, and that they forcibly disappeared since Sunday, August 18, 2019, at 1 pm, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, after they were arrested by the Saudi authorities and kept in an undisclosed location.

The National Human Rights Committee condemns the enforced disappearance of the Qatari citizen and his son, which violates their rights to liberty and security in addition to all international and regional instruments, especially Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Article 14 of the Arab Charter on Human Rights.

The National Human Rights Committee expresses its concern about the enforced disappearance of the Qatari citizens, especially as the Saudi authorities have recently pursued a policy of enforced disappearance of a number of Qatari citizens due to the political crisis.

The National Human Rights committee holds Saudi Arabia fully responsible for the life, physical integrity and safety of the Qatari citizen Ali Nasser Ali Jarallah and his son Abdulhadi, and calls upon the Saudi authorities to disclose their fate and release them immediately.

The National Human Rights Committee urgently calls on the High Commissioner for Human Rights, The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and the Human Rights Council to intervene immediately to stop these systematic and gross violations against Qatari citizens.

19 Dhu al-Hijjah 1440
20 August 2019
Doha, Qatar

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The National Human Rights Committee received from reliable sources information indicating that the health situation of the Qatari student Abdel Aziz […]

The National Human Rights Committee received from reliable sources information indicating that the health situation of the Qatari student Abdel Aziz Said Abdullah, detained arbitrarily in the prisons of Saudi Arabia, has deteriorated due to the adverse conditions of his arbitrary detention and willful  negligence he has been subjected to.

It is worth mentioning that the Qatari student has forcibly disappeared since July 6, 2018, before the Saudi authorities announced his whereabouts last May to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.

According to the source, the Qatari student is placed in solitary confinement since the date of his arrest and is subjected to torture to force him to confess to acts he did not commit.

The NHRC expressed its concern about information indicating that his health has recently deteriorated due to the willful negligence he has been subjected to, without being examined by a doctor or taken to the hospital to be provided with health care and treatment.

The NHRC condemns the arbitrary detention of Abdel Aziz, which violates international laws and conventions, especially article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The NHRC holds the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia fully responsible for the life of the Qatari student Abdul Aziz Saeed Abdullah and his health and physical integrity, and calls on the Saudi Authorities to release him immediately.

The NHRC calls on the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the UN Human Rights Council to intervene to stop these grave violations, and hold accountable those responsible for these violations, and immediately release the Qatari student Abdel Aziz Said Abdullah.

31 July 2019, 28 Dhu’l -Q 1440
Doha, Qatar

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The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar welcomes the release of the Qatari citizen Mohsen Saleh Saadoun Al-Karbi, who was […]

The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar welcomes the release of the Qatari citizen Mohsen Saleh Saadoun Al-Karbi, who was denied the most basic rights to communicate with his family or his lawyer while he has been forcibly disappeared in Saudi Arabia since 21 April 2018, during which his family failed to locate his place of detention or know the charge against him.

The National Human Rights Committee was in constant contact with United Nations bodies, international organizations and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, and has been demanding that Saudi Arabia reveal the whereabouts of the Qatari citizen and calling for his release.

The National Human Rights committee calls on the Saudi authorities to compensate the Qatari citizen Muhsin Al-Karbi for the harm suffered during his enforced disappearance.

The National Human Rights Committee also demands that the Saudi authorities release the Qatari student, Abdulaziz Saeed Abdullah, who has been arbitrarily detained in Saudi prisons since July 2018, without being brought to trial, and calls on UN agencies and international organizations to conduct extensive investigations into the gross and systematic violations and discriminatory measures against Qatari nationals by Saudi authorities.

The National Human Rights committee also calls on the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism and the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to take swift and effective actions to release the Qatari student arbitrarily detained by the Saudi authorities.

18 Dhul-Qadah 1440,
21 July 2019
Doha, Qatar

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The National Human Rights Committee received with great satisfaction the decision of the International Court of Justice issued on 14 […]

The National Human Rights Committee received with great satisfaction the decision of the International Court of Justice issued on 14 June 2019 to reject the request for provisional measures submitted by the United Arab Emirates under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in its dispute with the State of Qatar. The ICJ has denied a request by the UAE for immediate measures against Qatar including: withdrawing its complaint against the UAE to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, preventing its national organizations and the media from publishing accusations against the UAE in cases brought before the ICJ, and other measures.

Welcoming the decision of the ICJ, the NHRC considers it an essential step following the ICJ’s first decision of 23 July 2018 to redress victims, and further evidence of the legal movements of the State of Qatar and that recourse to international means and mechanisms is not an escalation, but a legitimate right guaranteed by international conventions to achieve justice and ensure redress and compensation to the victims.

The ICJ’s important decision also refutes the UAE’s allegations against the National Human Rights Committee and attempts by Emirati officials to question its credibility.
The National Human Rights Committee believes that the UAE’s policy of escaping forward to cover up its crimes and violations against the Qatari people and the Gulf peoples would be fruitless and will not prevent pursing accountability and international condemnation.

In conclusion, the NHRC congratulates the victims of the blockade and human rights organizations for the second victory in the judicial process initiated by the State of Qatar, to end all kinds of violations resulting from the blockade and to redress those affected.

11 Shawwal 1440
14 June 2019
Doha, Qatar

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Doha: May 13, 2019 Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri, Chairman of the NHRC, Secretary General of the Global Alliance […]

Doha: May 13, 2019

Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri, Chairman of the NHRC, Secretary General of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, received at his office at the Committee’s headquarters Mr. Terno Hadi Tiam, Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission of the Republic of Mali. Al-Marri received a written communication from Mr. Malik Coulibaly, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission of the Republic of Mali on the importance of joint cooperation in human rights issues and ways to strengthen partnership and activate mechanisms of cooperation between the two sides.

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12 May 2019 Members of the NHRC renewed trust in Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, and re-elected him as […]

12 May 2019

Members of the NHRC renewed trust in Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, and re-elected him as Chairman of the NHRC at the new session unanimously while Dr. Mohamed Saif Al Kuwari was elected as Deputy Chairman of the NHRC by a majority of the members, while Ms. Maryan bint Abullah Al Attiyah was elected as rapporteur. This came during the first meeting of the fifth session of the committee which was held yesterday at the headquarters of the NHRC . the meeting was chaired by Dr. Yousef Obaidan, in the presence of Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, representing civil society, Dr. Mohammed Saif Al Kuwari representing civil society, Dr. Asma Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Civil Society Representative, Dr. Abdul Aziz Abdul Qader Al-Moghassib, Civil Society Representative, Dr. Ali Ahmed Al-Kubaisi, Civil Society Representative, Ms. Amal Abdul Latif Al-Mannai, Mr. Sultan Mubarak Khamis Al-Abdullah representing civil society, Ms. Mariam Abdullah Al-Attiyah representing civil society, Mr. Abdullah Saqr Al-Mohannadi representing Ministry of the Interior, Mr. Salim Rashid Al-Marikhi representing Ministry of Justice, and Mr. Mohammad Hassan Al-Obaidli representing Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs . Following the election of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman, the meeting discussed a number of issues. The meeting divided the members of the committee into three subcommittees: Reporting and Legislation Committee, Monitoring and Visits Committee and Research and Studies Committee. In the same context, members of the National Human Rights Committee, Dr. Youssef Obaidan, drew attention to the contributions and efforts he made during his tenure as Deputy Chairman of the Committee.

The meeting followed the issuance of Emiri Decree No. 19 of 2019 reorganizing the National Human Rights Committee. The term of office of the Committee would be three years, renewable for another period or similar periods.

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The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) follows with regret and great concern the smear campaigns questioning its credibility including the […]

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) follows with regret and great concern the smear campaigns questioning its credibility including the unfounded reckless allegations made by some officials in the United Arab Emirates. The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar considers these vicious campaigns as a failed attempt added to previous attempts to distort and obstruct its work as an independent national institution accredited ‘A’ status by the Sub-committee on Accreditation (SCA) of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).

The campaigns launched against the NHRC are part of the UAE’s systematic campaign launched against human rights advocates and international organizations, including Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch…etc.

Despite the complaint previously lodged by the UAE against the NHRC before the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), they have confirmed their support for the National Human Rights Committee and its work.

The NHRC strongly condemns the recent statements made by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, including accusations of forging or falsification of documents and international reports. The NHRC reserves the right to recourse to legal action to respond to these falsifications, including its right to address the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.

The NHRC is not surprised by the accusations made by an official who considers the course of legal action and diplomatic moves as “pathetic logic”. However, these movements are the civilized path of countries that adhere to the rules of international legitimacy, human rights system, and human values.

The NHRC confirms that these attempts by the UAE will not deter the committee from continuing its work in accordance with the Paris Principles and international human rights standards to expose UAE violations to citizens and residents of the State of Qatar, and other GCC citizens who were harmed by the unjust blockade. The NHRC also affirms that it will spare no effort to redress and compensate the victims.

Ramadan 4, 1440
May 9, 2019
Doha, Qatar

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The NHRC shall raise the subject matter of preventing Qataris from Hajj and Umrah before UNESCO Saudi authorities continue to […]

The NHRC shall raise the subject matter of preventing Qataris from Hajj and Umrah before UNESCO

Saudi authorities continue to put obstacles on performing Hajj and Umrah for the third consecutive season

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has expressed deep concern over the continuing obstacles imposed by the Saudi Arabia authorities on the rights of citizens and residents of Qatar to perform religious rites for the third season in a row since the beginning of the blockade imposed on Qatar in June 2017. The NHRC revealed that it will soon raise the subject matter of preventing Qatar’s citizens and residents from performing Hajj and Umrah before the committees and constitutional meetings of UNESCO.

This case in a communication to Mr. Coly Seck, President of the Human Rights Council at its thirteenth session, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Mr. Ahmed Shahid, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief, and Mr. Jan Figel, Special Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief Outside the EU.

The NHRC called for taking measures to ensure that Muslims in Qatar — whether citizens or residents – can perform Umrah during Ramadan and Hajj in the next season (1440).

The NHRC stressed the need to expedite the opening of land borders during the Hajj and Umrah season, allow Qatar Airways’ direct flights during Hajj, and to open electronic visa for citizens and residents like other pilgrims and those wishing to perform Umrah, in coordination with the Ministry of Awqaf.

The NHRC stated that Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah recently announced launching an electronic service for pilgrims from Qatar. However, it considers this movement an attempt to circumvent the demands of the international community to stop the violations of the right to practice religious rites. The Saudi authorities have previously taken the same step, which we consider an attempt to improve their image, as it fails to remove the obstacles that it poses to pilgrims from Qatar.

The NHRC said that there is a need for the Saudi authorities to coordinate with the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs of Qatar to put in place mechanisms to facilitate the procedures of Hajj and Umrah for citizens and residents of Qatar.

The NHRC denounced the announcement of the opening of the electronic service at a time the Saudi authorities do not permit the financial transfers between the Hajj and Umrah campaigns and the Saudi Hajj and Umrah agents.

In addition, the NHRC mentioned that it has raised previous correspondence concerning obstacles and difficulties placed by the Saudi authorities in the performance of the Hajj and Umrah rituals by citizens and residents of the State of Qatar, in a grave violation of the freedom of belief and freedom to practice religious rites set forth in international and regional human rights conventions, and requested raising the subject matter with the competent authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in order to facilitate Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims from the State of Qatar and to ensure enjoyment of their right to freedom of belief and freedom to practice religious rites. However, the situation remains the same with no improvement almost two years on.

The Committee expressed its concern at the continued obstacles and obstacles and the failure of the Saudi authorities to take any positive steps that would enable Qataris and residents of Qatar to exercise their right to perform their religious rites and demand immediate action against the Saudi authorities so that pilgrims from Qatar can perform Hajj. It is worth mentioning that Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, chairman of the NHRC has met Mr. Ahmed Shahid, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief in London, and presented a detailed report on Saudi violations of the right to perform religious rites including statistics on the number of victims of citizens and residents of Qatar. In February 2019, the President of the National Human Rights Committee met with the Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief outside the European Union and demanded during the meeting that the European Parliament and the governments of the EU countries to shoulder their moral responsibilities and address the Saudi authorities regarding their violations resulting from depriving citizens and residents of Qatar of their right to practice Religious services.

In April 2018, six United Nations special rapporteurs addressed the countries of the blockade on their violations resulting from the blockade imposed on the State of Qatar, including the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, and stressed the importance of removing obstacles imposed on pilgrims from Qatar.

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The National Human Rights Committee received at its headquarters a high level US congressional delegation. The delegation was met by […]

The National Human Rights Committee received at its headquarters a high level US congressional delegation. The delegation was met by the Assistant Secretary General, Mr. Sultan bin Hassan Al-Jamali. Al-Jamali gave a detailed brief on the committee and its role in the promotion and protection of human rights and its working mechanisms in raising awareness and spreading the culture of human rights at the national level.

The meeting dealt with the efforts of the National Human Rights Committee and its continuous efforts to promote and protect the rights of workers and the efforts of the State in developing relevant legislation such as the law on the protection of wages as well as the abolition of Exit and sponsorship system and the law of entry and exit of expatriates. The meeting also dealt with the Committee’s efforts and methods in receiving complaints.

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Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met with a number of participants in […]

Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met with a number of participants in the International Conference on National, Regional and International Mechanisms to Combat Impunity and Ensure Accountability under International Law “, organized by the National Human Rights Committee, in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights , European Parliament, and Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, during the period from 14 and 15 April. Dr. Ali Al-Marri met with Mr. Ahmed Chaouqui, Inter-ministerial Delegate for Human Rights in the Kingdom of Morocco, Ms. Mona Rishmawi, Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ms. Nicole Ameline, Vice-Chairperson of CEDAW, Mr. Lazhari Bouzid, vice-chairman of the Advisory Committee at the UN Human Rights Council, and Ms. Siham Abdel Wahab Al-Freih, National Center for Human Rights in Kuwait.

Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al-Marri expressed his deep gratitude to the participants he met for their valuable participation and contributions in the discussions held at the international conference. In turn, participants praised the success of the International Conference, and hoped that work would continue to ensure the implementation of the recommendations.

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