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(Text of the Statement) At a time when international human rights organizations, journalists’ unions around the major international media have […]

(Text of the Statement)

At a time when international human rights organizations, journalists’ unions around the major international media have gathered to condemn the demands of the blockading countries to close Al-Jazeera and its arbitrary measures to close its offices, and called on those organizations to respect the freedom of expression and the right to access information and protect journalists; while the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression condemned the attacks by the blockading States on those freedoms in a flagrant violation of human rights,

And Following the Doha International Conference on “Freedom of Expression: Facing up to the threats” held from 24 to 25 July 2017, including the widespread condemnations of violations of freedom of opinion and expression in general and condemnation of the demands of the countries of the blockade that violate these freedoms and rights, as well as the solidarity with Al-Jazeera, carried out by the representatives of (200) international organizations of the participants in the conference,

On 6 August 2017, the Israeli occupation authorities closed the office of Al-Jazeera TV in Jerusalem and withdrew the accreditation of its journalists, in a flagrant violation of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the right to information access.

The Human Rights Committee in Qatar condemns these attacks and the blatant defiance of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. The Israeli decision to close the office of Al-Jazeera TV is a critical precedent in the bias of the Israeli occupation towards the decisions of the countries of the blockade and the related violations of the rights to Opinion, expression and the right to access information.

The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar denounces these provocative actions by the Israeli authorities and the serious violations of freedom of opinion and expression by the Foreign Ministers of the countries of the blockade at the recent Manama meeting; and calls on international organizations and journalists’ unions to stand up to this vicious and systematic campaign targeting free media And its journalists not only on Al Jazeera but on all the free, professional and independent media in the world.

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(Text of the Statement) Imposing the siege, severing the diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar and the adoption of […]

(Text of the Statement)

Imposing the siege, severing the diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar and the adoption of a number of arbitrary measures and decisions violate all human rights norms and principles and led to gross and flagrant violations of a range of civil, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to private property.

This unjust blockade has affected the rights of Qatari investors and residents of Qatar who own private property in the United Arab Emirates, depriving them of exercising this right as stipulated in the international human rights instruments.

Qatar National Human Rights Committee has monitored several violations committed by several entities in the UAE against these investors.

Accordingly, the NHRC calls on the competent authorities in the United Arab Emirates not to correlate investors’ rights with the political disputes or use them as a political leverage which is considered a flagrant violation of international human rights conventions.
However, if the violations of the rights of investors to their private properties continue, NHRC notes that it shall raise its concerns to the UN international human rights mechanisms.

26 Shawwal 1438
20 July 2017
Doha, Qatar

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Imposing the siege, severing the diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar and the adoption of a number of arbitrary […]

Imposing the siege, severing the diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar and the adoption of a number of arbitrary measures and decisions violate all human rights norms and principles and led to gross and flagrant violations of a range of civil, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to private property.

This unjust blockade has affected the rights of Qatari investors and residents of Qatar who own private property in the United Arab Emirates, depriving them of exercising this right as stipulated in the international human rights instruments.

Qatar National Human Rights Committee has monitored several violations committed by several entities in the UAE against these investors.

Accordingly, the NHRC calls on the competent authorities in the United Arab Emirates not to correlate investors’ rights with the political disputes or use them as a political leverage which is considered a flagrant violation of international human rights conventions.
However, if the violations of the rights of investors to their private properties continue, NHRC notes that it shall raise its concerns to the UN international human rights mechanisms.

 

26 Shawwal 1438
20 July 2017
Doha, Qatar

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In its statement, NHRC notes that if restrictions are not lifted and Hajj procedures are not facilitated for Qatari pilgrims […]

In its statement, NHRC notes that if restrictions are not lifted and Hajj procedures are not facilitated for Qatari pilgrims while guaranteeing their safety and security, the National Human Rights Committee shall raise its concerns to the international human rights mechanisms, including the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, UNESCO and other relevant international agencies, since it is unacceptable to politicize religious rites and prevent Muslims from performing Hajj under any pretext

the statement

With reference to the closure of sea and air ports and land borders with the state of Qatar, the closure of the Saudi Embassy in Doha, and the measures taken against the state of Qatar, and in view of the suffering of citizens and residents of the State of Qatar including complications, prevention and intimidation during the performance of Hajj in the holy month of Ramadan, Qatar National Human Rights Committee expresses its deep concern about what has been raised by the media and Hajj campaigns about the obstacles and difficulties in performing Hajj this year, the campaign launched against the Qatari citizens, and preventing financial transfers and circulation of the Qatari currency in Saudi Arabia, in a clear violation of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 30 of the Arab Charter on Human Rights, Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Article 6 of the Human Rights Declaration of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Accordingly, Qatar National Human Rights Committee calls on the competent authorities for Hajj in Saudi Arabia to put aside the current political differences and not to use religious practices as political leverage which is considered a flagrant violation of international human rights conventions.

However, if restrictions are not lifted and Hajj procedures are not facilitated for Qatari pilgrims while guaranteeing their safety and security, the National Human Rights Committee shall raise its concerns to the international human rights mechanisms, including the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, UNESCO and other relevant international agencies, since it is unacceptable to politicize religious rites and prevent Muslims from performing Hajj under any pretext.

 

24 Shawwal 1438
18 July 2017
Doha

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(Text of the Statement) The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar welcomes the establishment of the Compensation […]

(Text of the Statement)

The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar welcomes the establishment of the Compensation Claims Committee that aims to receive complaints and seek compensation for damages and losses resulting from the siege. NHRC considers it an important step in redressing victims and achieving the reparation for the violations as provided for in international and regional human rights conventions.

NHRC shall forward all complaints received from the victims to the Compensation Committee.
Accordingly, NHRC calls upon the citizens and residents who have sought its assistance since the beginning of the siege on Qatar to follow up with the Compensation Committee located at DDCC “Doha Exhibition and Convention Center” in Dafna.

NHRC emphasizes that it shall continue its work, condemn and call on lifting the siege, address and raise the resulting violations to the international contractual and non-contractual mechanisms in the United Nations, the competent international agencies and other international organizations.

Doha
16 Shawwal 1438
10 July 2017

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  Dr. Ali Al Marri met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Rights of the French Ministry of Foreign, […]

 

Dr. Ali Al Marri met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Rights of the French Ministry of Foreign, Ms. Florence Cormin Visser, Deputy Director of the United Nations and International Organizations division, Mr. Bruno Causanel, Head of Mission and Human Rights Ambassador, Ms. Anna Maros, Member of the Human Rights Ambassador’s Mission, Mr. Adrien Benelli, Vice President of the Middle East and Mr. Roman Ottal , official at Qatar Office. Dr. Al-Marri met at the Qatari Embassy in Paris with officials of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) who confirmed their condemnation of the demands of the blockade countries to close Al-Jazeera and its channels, which entrench the freedom of opinion and expression.

In the same context, the NHRC handed over the file of violations committed by the educational institutions of the three blockade countries (Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain) to the Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) during the meeting of Dr. Al Marri with Mr. Eric Faklet, Assistant Director General for External Relations and Public Information, in which he handing over the reports on the promulgation of hate speech and the actions and measures taken by the countries of the blockade against those who show sympathy with the State of Qatar.

Regarding violations of the right to education, Al-Marri explained to UNESCO that the most serious violations of the right to education were committed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) (85 complaints), where (29 complaints) by Saudi Arabia and (25) by the Kingdom of Bahrain. Al-Marri calls on universities and educational institutions in the three countries to put aside political differences and take into consideration the rights of Qatari students and not to put obstacles to their right to education. Al-Marri pointed out that the Committee has observed many violations committed by educational institutions in the three countries, especially the UAE, against these students in education, which included, inter alia, not allowing some Qatari students to complete their exams; Refusing to give some of them graduation certificates; Closing educational accounts for some Qatari students; and Termination of the registration of some students arbitrarily without giving reasons.

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The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) of the State of Qatar has released a report documenting the violations against the […]

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) of the State of Qatar has released a report documenting the violations against the citizens of the four Gulf states following the decision by three Gulf states (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Bahrain) to cut ties with Qatar, and impose a land blockade with shutting down the air and sea routes. Additionally, these three states notified their citizens that they have to leave the State of Qatar within 14 days, and banned Qatari citizens from entering their lands.
The report notes that 13,314 at least were directly affected by that decision. The violations included family separations, violations to the right to travel, education, work, freedom of opinion, residency and ownership.
The report noted that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Kingdom of Bahrain have taken severe, escalated, shocking steps on 5 June, 2017, that involved the shutdown of sea, land, and air routes in the face of trades, but also in the face of the Gulf Citizen in a series of actions never witnessed before by the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), disregarding all human rights and humanitarian standards and principles and their legal repercussions.
According to the report, hundreds of complaints have been submitted to the NHRC via e-mail, phone, or personal visits to the NHRC headquarters in Doha, Qatar’s capital. According to data collected by NHRC, approximately 11,387 citizens from the three blockading states live in Qatar, and approximately 1927 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 blockading states separated a mother from her children.
The report stresses that NHRC appreciates and esteems the step taken by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and UAE to take into consideration the situation of mixed families (Saudi-Qatari, Bahraini-Qatari, and Emirati-Qatari families), adding that this a step in the right direction. The report, however, calls on the three states to clarify the implementation mechanisms, and emphasizes that it has to include all human rights and legal areas

Dr. Ali Al Marri, chairman of NHRC, stated that “”The suffering of the GCC people has become notable through the reports published by the NHRC, international reports and statements and stories published in the mainstream media and social media. After all, we hope that the besieging countries take into account the rights and interests of the GCC peoples”.
NHRC team recorded roughly 2451 complaints of various types of violations against citizens of the four Gulf states, where the work methodology draws upon visits by the victims to the NHRC headquarters and the special forms that NHRC prepared and were filled in by the victims with detailed information, in addition to attaching copies of victims’ IDs, while some victims attached university and school reports, work contracts, or other documents that are available in the NHRC archive.
The report notes that some individuals were subjected to more than one type of violation. The report highlights at least two cases for each violation type. Also, the report includes a table with classifications of the violations by type and the responsible country:

Violation
total residence work Practicing

Religion

health Movement Family reunification property education Responsible country
1560  50 64 121 14 557 261 464 29 Saudi Arabia
507  1 7 1 196 52 165 85 UAE
375  22 30 10 99 167 22 25 Bahrain
9  9 Miscellaneous
2451  71 101 121 25 861 480 651 139 Total

What the NHRC was able to report and document is still the bare minimum, considering that many of those whose rights were violated don’t know of the existence of any mechanisms for complaint submission. In addition, many complainants were afraid to reveal their identities due to the measures and actions that could be taken against them by their countries’ local authorities if they contacted or submitted a compliant. Finally, there are violations against minors (under 18 years), and since they do not have identity documents, statistics do not include a large number of them.

The report notes that the Qatari government didn’t take any action against the citizens of the three states, and we didn’t receive any complaint of that nature.
The report notes that the decisions of the governments of KSA, UAE, and Bahrain Kingdom have violated a number of international human rights laws and principles, as well as several fundamental human rights, which are treated as international norms due to its wide scope of application on the international level, including articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Most notably: 5,9,12,13,19,23, and 26), Articles in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (most notably Part III of Article 6, and Articles 10 and 13), articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Part II of Article 2), in addition to Articles in the Arab Charter on Human Rights (Articles 3,8,26,32, and 33), the GCC Declarations of Human Rights (Articles 6, 9, 14, 24, and 27), and the Economic Agreement between the GCC States. Therefore, those states are responsible for protecting and preserving the rights and interests of the individuals living on their lands.
The report calls on the international community to take urgent action to lift the siege, and make every possible effort to mitigate its repercussions on the people of the State of Qatar and citizens of the three countries. It also calls on the United Nations and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to take speedy steps to bind the besieging states to countermand their decisions.
Additionally, the report calls on the OHCHR to prepare reports and statements documenting the various types of violations that affected great numbers of people, especially the families that were separated, including the resulting consequences on women and children; and calls on these states to respect the basic freedoms of the people living on their lands.
The report calls on the Human Rights Council to take every possible action in order to end the blockade and its ramifications, and calls for the compensation of all people who were affected.
Moreover, the report calls on Human Rights Council Special Rapporteurs to document forms on the various types of violations that occurred, and contact the concerned governments in that regard as soon as possible. The report asserts that NHRC is ready to share all the relevant data on violations and complaints.

In addition, the report calls on that Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Council’s Conflict Resolution Commission, to move as quickly as possible and do everything in its power to convince the governments of the besieging countries to settle the social, civil, and cultural situation for the families and citizens.
The report calls on KSA, UAE, and Kingdom of Bahrain to respect the uniqueness of the Gulf societies, and to refrain from making any decisions that sever the ties between families and societies, and to countermand these decisions as soon as possible.
Also, the report calls on those states to respect the basic human rights to movement, private property, work, residence, and freedom of expression and opinion in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the Arab Charter on Human Rights.
Also, the report stressed that the political developments should not affect the humanitarian and social situations. Finally, the report calls on the Qatari government to take all possible steps at the international level, at the level of the Security Council and the international courts, to lift the siege on the people of Qatar, to defend their rights in the face of violations against them, and to hold accountable those who are responsible for all the violations.

 

 

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The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) of the State of Qatar has released a report documenting the violations against the […]

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) of the State of Qatar has released a report documenting the violations against the citizens of the four Gulf states following the decision by three Gulf states (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Bahrain) to cut ties with Qatar, and impose a land blockade with shutting down the air and sea routes. Additionally, these three states notified their citizens that they have to leave the State of Qatar within 14 days, and banned Qatari citizens from entering their lands.
The report notes that 13,314 at least were directly affected by that decision. The violations included family separations, violations to the right to travel, education, work, freedom of opinion, residency and ownership.

The report noted that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Kingdom of Bahrain have taken severe, escalated, shocking steps on 5 June, 2017, that involved the shutdown of sea, land, and air routes in the face of trades, but also in the face of the Gulf Citizen in a series of actions never witnessed before by the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), disregarding all human rights and humanitarian standards and principles and their legal repercussions.

According to the report, hundreds of complaints have been submitted to the NHRC via e-mail, phone, or personal visits to the NHRC headquarters in Doha, Qatar’s capital. According to data collected by NHRC, approximately 11,387 citizens from the three blockading states live in Qatar, and approximately 1927 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 blockading states separated a mother from her children.
The report stresses that NHRC appreciates and esteems the step taken by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and UAE to take into consideration the situation of mixed families (Saudi-Qatari, Bahraini-Qatari, and Emirati-Qatari families), adding that this a step in the right direction. The report, however, calls on the three states to clarify the implementation mechanisms, and emphasizes that it has to include all human rights and legal areas

Dr. Ali Al Marri, chairman of NHRC, stated that “”The suffering of the GCC people has become notable through the reports published by the NHRC, international reports and statements and stories published in the mainstream media and social media. After all, we hope that the besieging countries take into account the rights and interests of the GCC peoples”.
NHRC team recorded roughly 2451 complaints of various types of violations against citizens of the four Gulf states, where the work methodology draws upon visits by the victims to the NHRC headquarters and the special forms that NHRC prepared and were filled in by the victims with detailed information, in addition to attaching copies of victims’ IDs, while some victims attached university and school reports, work contracts, or other documents that are available in the NHRC archive.

The report notes that some individuals were subjected to more than one type of violation. The report highlights at least two cases for each violation type. Also, the report includes a table with classifications of the violations by type and the responsible country:

Violation
total residence work Practicing

Religion

health Movement Family reunification property education Responsible country
1560  50 64 121 14 557 261 464 29 Saudi Arabia
507  1 7 1 196 52 165 85 UAE
375  22 30 10 99 167 22 25 Bahrain
9  9 Miscellaneous
2451  71 101 121 25 861 480 651 139 Total

 

What the NHRC was able to report and document is still the bare minimum, considering that many of those whose rights were violated don’t know of the existence of any mechanisms for complaint submission. In addition, many complainants were afraid to reveal their identities due to the measures and actions that could be taken against them by their countries’ local authorities if they contacted or submitted a compliant. Finally, there are violations against minors (under 18 years), and since they do not have identity documents, statistics do not include a large number of them.

The report notes that the Qatari government didn’t take any action against the citizens of the three states, and we didn’t receive any complaint of that nature.
The report notes that the decisions of the governments of KSA, UAE, and Bahrain Kingdom have violated a number of international human rights laws and principles, as well as several fundamental human rights, which are treated as international norms due to its wide scope of application on the international level, including articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Most notably: 5,9,12,13,19,23, and 26), Articles in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (most notably Part III of Article 6, and Articles 10 and 13), articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Part II of Article 2), in addition to Articles in the Arab Charter on Human Rights (Articles 3,8,26,32, and 33), the GCC Declarations of Human Rights (Articles 6, 9, 14, 24, and 27), and the Economic Agreement between the GCC States. Therefore, those states are responsible for protecting and preserving the rights and interests of the individuals living on their lands.

The report calls on the international community to take urgent action to lift the siege, and make every possible effort to mitigate its repercussions on the people of the State of Qatar and citizens of the three countries. It also calls on the United Nations and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to take speedy steps to bind the besieging states to countermand their decisions.

Additionally, the report calls on the OHCHR to prepare reports and statements documenting the various types of violations that affected great numbers of people, especially the families that were separated, including the resulting consequences on women and children; and calls on these states to respect the basic freedoms of the people living on their lands.
The report calls on the Human Rights Council to take every possible action in order to end the blockade and its ramifications, and calls for the compensation of all people who were affected.

Moreover, the report calls on Human Rights Council Special Rapporteurs to document forms on the various types of violations that occurred, and contact the concerned governments in that regard as soon as possible. The report asserts that NHRC is ready to share all the relevant data on violations and complaints.

In addition, the report calls on that Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Council’s Conflict Resolution Commission, to move as quickly as possible and do everything in its power to convince the governments of the besieging countries to settle the social, civil, and cultural situation for the families and citizens.
The report calls on KSA, UAE, and Kingdom of Bahrain to respect the uniqueness of the Gulf societies, and to refrain from making any decisions that sever the ties between families and societies, and to countermand these decisions as soon as possible.

Also, the report calls on those states to respect the basic human rights to movement, private property, work, residence, and freedom of expression and opinion in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the Arab Charter on Human Rights.

Also, the report stressed that the political developments should not affect the humanitarian and social situations. Finally, the report calls on the Qatari government to take all possible steps at the international level, at the level of the Security Council and the international courts, to lift the siege on the people of Qatar, to defend their rights in the face of violations against them, and to hold accountable those who are responsible for all the violations.

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His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri, Chairman of the National Committee for Human Rights, met today at the Committee’s […]

His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri, Chairman of the National Committee for Human Rights, met today at the Committee’s headquarters; the Ambassadors of the European States, Canada and America; The meeting was aimed at informing ambassadors of all the repercussions of the siege imposed on Qatar on the humanitarian situation of the citizens of the GCC countries. During the meeting, Al-Marri explained the movements of the National Committee for Human Rights at the local level and the humanitarian challenges faced by those affected by the blockade and the mechanisms of receiving their complaints which amounted to 2324 complaints until yesterday, confirming by statistics that the biggest loser of this crisis are citizens and residents of the GCC countries.

And D. Al-Marri gave the ambassadors reports of violations monitored by the Committee since the beginning of the siege crisis. At the same time, he informed them of the legal actions taken by the Committee from individual and collective complaints for submission to the United Nations, UNESCO and relevant international mechanisms. As well as preparing judicial complaints coordinated through the International Law Office set by the Commission. He also gave an overview of the Commission’s moves at the international level and its meetings with international organizations and organizations of the besieged States. In addition to his visit to the European capitals (London – Geneva – Paris – Brussels) during which he held intensive meetings with the relevant international organizations led by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs as well as other international non – governmental organizations and officials of files Foreign Affairs and Human Rights in the European Parliament. As well as his meetings with international human rights-related personalities. During his meeting, Al Marri stressed the great international response and their rejection of the human and human rights violations caused by the siege on Qatar, through statements condemning and denouncing the actions and decisions of the embargo countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain).
Revealing the movements of international humanitarian organizations to the need to lift the siege and not to link human rights issues with politics.

He assured them that the National Committee will continue to communicate with them to inform them of the latest developments in the human rights situation and the violations of the siege imposed on the citizens of the GCC countries.

While Dr. Al-Marri sees the opportunity to meet with the Ambassadors is an opportunity to express the solidarity of the National Committee for Human Rights with the joint families, which were deprived by the siege crisis of Ramadan’s Eid with their families. Especially women and children who have begun to prepare themselves for this occasion since the holy month of Ramadan

 

 

 

 

 

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  Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, stressed that the European […]

 

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, stressed that the European Parliament should bear their humanitarian, moral and legal responsibilities towards the siege imposed on Qatar, which is similar to the Berlin Wall. Members of the European Parliament stressed that the State of Qatar plays an important role in the fight against terrorist groups and should continue to play this role, referring to the statistics published on violations due to the siege in the report of the NHRC. Al Marri calls on The European Parliament and the European Union to work intensively on the immediate end of the siege, as well as the formation of a committee of the European Parliament to visit the headquarters of the NHRC in Qatar to meet the victims. Dr. Al Marri extended thanks to many European countries for their clear their positions on the siege of Qatar, noting the strong partnership between the NHRC and its counterparts in the European Union.
Dr. Al Marri reviewed many cases and statistics of violations of human rights as a result of the siege crisis. He revealed the latest statistics received by the NHRC until 20 June 2017, which reached as a total of (1972) complaints relating to violations of the rights to private property, family reunification, the right to movement, health, education, freedom of religious practices, work and residence. He added: complaints and violations caused by Saudi Arabia reached to 1344 complaints divided into 23 relating to the right to education, 418 relating to the right to private property, 212 relating to the right to family reunification, 13 relating to the right to health, 109 relating to the right to freedom of religious practice, 52 relating to work and 35 in residence; while complaints and violations caused by the UAE reached to a total (378) and divided into 10 relating to education, 120 relating to private properties, 39 relating to family reunification, 143 relating to movement, 5 relating to work and one complaint relating to residence. As for Bahrain, there are 241 complaints, including 10 relating to education, 16 relating to property, 116 relating to families, 58 relating to movement, 8 relating to health, 17 relating to work and 16 relating to residence. Dr. Ali stated that the total number of complaints have reached 103 on education and property, 554 relating to family, 367 relating to movement and health, 103 relating to freedom of religious practices, 74 relating to work, and 52 relating to residence.

Al-Marri called for separate the human rights and the humanitarian file from any political conflicts and said: We cannot use civilians and peoples to achieve political goals, stressing that his country has not and will not reciprocate in front of these violations and crimes against the citizens and residents of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, condemning what he called the shocking silence of all human rights mechanisms in the League of Arab States, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Gulf Cooperation Council. He said: we organized during the month of February, a major international conference with the United Nations on human rights approaches to address conflict situations in the Arab region, with a broad presence of the delegations of the besieged countries and here we are exposed to the worst abuses.

Members of the Committee on Foreign Relations in the European Parliament discussed the human rights violations published on the reports of the NHRC and stated that the siege must end. They pointed out that the State of Qatar plays a role in the fight against terrorist groups. They pointed out that they will discuss the issue of the siege of Qatar at the level of the Commission on Human Rights in the European Parliament and in the Committee on Foreign Relations. They pointed out that The EU will support any political solution and supports the mediation of Kuwait; stressing that human rights must be separated from any political differences. They affirmed their support for the values presented by the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar and said: We call you to defend human rights and support the peoples. Members of the Foreign Relations Committee of the European Parliament noted that they had taken note of the demands of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar and that they will forward the NHRC’s report to all parliamentarians and to the Commission on Human Rights of the European Parliament.

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