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March 19, 2019 The National Human Rights Committee and Qatar University in cooperation and the Ministry of Interior organized a […]

March 19, 2019

The National Human Rights Committee and Qatar University in cooperation and the Ministry of Interior organized a seminar entitled “The Right to Vote and Stand for Elections” on the occasion of the Sixth Session of the Central Municipal Council Elections 2019, with the participation of a number of members and senior officials of the National Human Rights Committee. Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al-Kuwari, member of the National Human Rights Committee, said that participating in the electoral process is a national duty, calling on all the Qatari people to participate and cast their votes to promote democracy among all members of society, leading the country to further democratic progress and political prosperity. Al-Kuwari explained that the nature of any elections leads to the identification of the social context in which the electoral processes are carried out in different dimensions, because this context occupies particular importance in understanding the nature of participation in electoral processes and its development and the results it produces.

Al Kuwari said that the electoral process is a catalyst for the candidate to play a major and important role in serving his constituency and his country by translating the demands of the constituents into realistic projects that directly or indirectly affect the development of the democratic experiment and contribute to the development of society at all levels. Al-Kuwari revealed the preparation of a detailed plan to monitor the elections of the Sixth Central Municipal Council in accordance with the program approved by the Ministry of the Interior, in addition to the development of an awareness plan on the right to participate in the political life and practical measures to implement the said plan in accordance with the national legislations, and National, regional and international human rights, pointing out that the role played by the committee during the election period comes within the provisions of Article (3) of Decree Law No. (17) for the year 2010 organizing the National Human Rights Committee, especially item (5), which provides for “monitoring the human rights situation in the State, And the preparation of reports thereon, and submit them to the Council of Ministers with their views “and item (9), which provides for” dissemination of awareness and education of human rights and freedoms, and the consolidation of its principles, at the levels of thought and practice.”

Al-Kuwari pointed out that the Elections are the gateway to democracy, it supports and regulates the governance of any country, through which the rights of individuals are recognized in society. Elections are also the best way to achieve sustainable development achievements in the country, stressing at the same time that the right to run and to vote is the right of every citizen without discrimination to participate in the public affairs in the state which is guaranteed in international instruments as well as Article 42 of the Constitution.
During the lecture, Al-Kuwari reviewed the provisions of international conventions on the election and nomination of citizens according to the national laws and international agreements including Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the rights relevant to the various stages of the electoral process, including the need for the polling centers to meet the accessibility; the need to have instructions or signs to the voters about the location of the polling centers; And the need to facilitate the voting process for persons with disabilities and the elderly. Al-Kuwari said: “If there is a disabled person with a motor disability who wanted to exercise his/her right to vote, and the polling place does not have a ramp, then This falls within the competence of the sub-committee on field visits and monitoring of the NHRC which shall consider this situation as a form of violation of the rights of persons with disabilities in accordance with international human rights instruments.” Al-Kuwari said: “It is also necessary to ensure that there is no campaign material inside the polling station and that voters are allowed to vote after presenting their ID cards, and that no pressure is exerted on voters when they mark the ballot paper. Moreover, Electoral committee officials should ensure that the election committees is organized in an effective way and that observers monitor the voting process freely within polling stations, and that the representatives of the candidates did not face any problems in entering the Electoral Commission.”

In his welcome speech, Dr. Omar Bin Mohammed Al Ansari, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Qatar university, said: “Communities are distinguished and flourished with the participation of all their citizens in all aspects of development that societies seek to achieve. They promote the values ​​of participation and the right to exercise all their rights, the most important of which is the right to political life. This year, our participation in this electoral process is a national duty and a consolidation of the principle of democracy, reflecting the cultural advancement of individuals in society. we call on all citizens of Qatar to participate actively in these elections. ”

For his part, Lieutenant Saleh Jassim Al Mohammadi, member of the Legal Committee for Municipal Council elections, stressed the great importance of municipal council elections due to the Council’s role in monitoring the implementation of laws, decisions and regulations related to the powers and competencies of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, including laws and regulations relating to the organization of buildings and planning of land, roads, commercial, industrial and public outlets and other fields. He added: “In each constituency, there is a committee of “appeals and grievances formed by the Minister of the Interior in each constituency to adjudicate the appeals and grievances related to the registration in the voter lists, also addressed the definition of the candidate and the related criteria and said: “In accordance with the provisions of Decree No. (17) of 1998 concerning the system of electing members of the Central Municipal Council, a candidate is required to be an original Qatari citizen or to acquire citizenship provided that their father is born in Qatar; to be registered in the voters’ lists in the constituency which they wish to represent, and has a permanent residence within its borders; have not previously been convicted of an offense against honor or trust; at least 30years of age; literate and known for their competence and honesty.

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Dr. Al-Marri: I will strive to strengthen the independence and performance of national institutions and protect human rights globally I […]

Dr. Al-Marri:

I will strive to strengthen the independence and performance of national institutions and protect human rights globally

I will work over the next three years to promote and consolidate a culture of human rights

The National Human Rights Committee won three leadership positions in the GANHRI, which serve as a catalyst for the performance of human rights instutuions in the region

Geneva on 5 March 2019

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar, said that he will work hard during the next three years as Vice President and Secretary of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions to enhance the independence and performance of national human rights institutions in accordance with the Paris Principles, noting that the confidence obtained by the National Committee in receiving leadership positions in the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions serve as a catalyst for all Asian and Pacific human rights institutions to develop their performance and their conformity with international standards, promote human rights gains and protect human rights in the region.

This came during the General Assembly Meeting of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) on Tuesday, 5 February at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, following electing Dr. Ali Al Marri as the Vice-President, Secretary-General and member of the Executive Bureau of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, according to the results of the elections held on the sidelines of the 23rd annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions. The election of the National Human Rights Committee is considered as a victory following the unanimous confidence obtained of the APF, and the trust of 112 national human rights institutions of the Global Alliance at the General Assembly of the Global Alliance.

The members of the APF voted unanimously and gave their trust to Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, to serve as vice-president of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, Secretary-General and member of the Executive Bureau. Members of the Forum unanimously voted for Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari, a member of the National Committee for Human Rights in Qatar, to serve as a member of the Advisory Council of Jurists of the APF.

The National Human Rights Committee won the leadership positions in the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, as a culmination of its achievements and contributions to the defense of human rights issues in Qatar and the region and its international efforts to counter the blockade imposed on Qatar. The National Human Rights Committee won four leadership positions in recognition of its efforts and contributions in defending human rights issues nationally, regionally and internationally. The National Human Rights Committee has become a model for human rights institutions in the region and the world.

It is worth mentioning that The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar is the only country in the GCC to be accredited status A by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions following a rigorous accreditation process under the supervision of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Status (A) is granted only to national institutions that fully complies with the Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions. (The Paris Principles).

The National Human Rights Committee has again received the confidence of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), which has previously rejected complaints submitted by the blockading countries, to try to withdraw the status A from the NHRC, while questioning its credibility and integrity. The efforts of the National Human Rights Committee to counter the blockade also earned the appreciation of the international community, led by the United Nations, which in its official report valued the efforts of the National Human Rights Committee and confirmed the credibility of its reports on violations by the blockading countries.

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The principle of non-impunity shall be raised for the first time at an international conference in Doha Dr. Ali Bin […]

The principle of non-impunity shall be raised for the first time at an international conference in Doha

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh:

Achieving the principle of non-impunity is the only guarantee for the achievement of international peace and security

It’s time to end impunity and ensure redress for victims

The conference examines the development of accountability and protection against impunity mechanisms

Equity of victims is the most important condition for the success of transitional justice

Achieving justice and ensuring redress for victims is the dream of the world since the First World War

The conference discusses the right to know, access to justice and provide guarantees for non- recurrence of violations

Participation of the European Parliament and the High Commission comes as a guarantee for the conclusion and implementation of important recommendations

Significant international and regional response and participation of representatives of more than 250 governmental and non-governmental organizations

We urgently need to find an integrated system of laws and mechanisms for the prevention, control and accountability in the field of human rights and international human law

Geneva: 2 March 2019

Dr. Ali Bin Samih Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, announced the organization of an international conference on “National, Regional and International Mechanisms to Combat Impunity and Ensure Accountability under International Law” during the period from 14 to 15 April in Doha, in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the European Parliament.

The conference aims at discussing international, regional and national mechanisms to combat impunity for gross violations of human rights law and serious violations of international humanitarian law. Towards this end, the conference will take stock of the relevant international law principles, in particular the Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law, and the Updated Set of Principles for the protection and promotion of human rights through action to combat impunity. The conference will discuss how these principles are being applied by sharing experience of international, regional and national mechanisms, in advancing these principles and in enhancing accountability.

The conference will bring together more than 200 governmental and non-governmental organizations, heads and experts of international commissions of inquiry, relevant special rapporteurs, chairpersons of United Nations treaty bodies, experts and judges in international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court, as well as experts and lawyers who have brought criminal cases before national courts based on universal jurisdiction. Furthermore, representatives of specialized international agencies and Regional human rights mechanisms, chairpersons of the European Parliament, national human rights institutions, research centers, and other relevant bodies and organizations will be invited.
The importance of the conference and its objectives

Conference Themes

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri said that one of the most important topics of the conference is the duty to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of violations and the right of ensure redress for the victims, as well as the right to know, the right to justice and the right to compensation.
The conference will also discuss international, regional and national mechanisms to combat impunity in cases of gross violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law. The Conference will review the relevant principles of international law, in particular the Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law.

Putting an end to impunity. achieve peace and security

“The recent events, conflicts, crises and conflicts in the world and our Arab region have proven the nee to develop international accountability mechanisms for governments, groups and individuals,” said Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh, adding that it is time to review, assess and develop all national, regional and international mechanisms, to guarantee an important principle in international conventions, that is protection against impunity. Ending impunity is the only way to achieve peace and security in the world and to redress the victims, which is the most important reason for the success of transitional justice. It is time to define international and criminal responsibilities, in accordance with international human rights law and international humanitarian law. Despite the failures and successes, we need to work together to create an integrated system of laws, mechanisms for prevention, control and accountability in the field of human rights and international law.

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Qaoud: Workshop participants enjoy a high degree of awareness Doha, February 27, 2019 The National Human Rights Committee concluded the […]

Qaoud: Workshop participants enjoy a high degree of awareness

Doha, February 27, 2019

The National Human Rights Committee concluded the workshop, organized in partnership with the United Nations Office for the Training and Documentation of Human Rights in South-West Asia and the Arab Region, on Qatar’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Hilton, Doha, Qatar.

Following the honoring of the participants and the distribution of certificates, Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Moghassib, member of the National Human Rights Committee, said in a press statement: Qatar’s accession to the two covenants constitutes an advanced step forward in the field of the State’s concern to protect and promote human rights and preserve the rights of citizens and residents on its territory, noting that the two international covenants enjoyed a distinguished place in international human rights law, their texts contributed to the development of human rights standards and formed the basis for the adoption of a number of subsequent human rights conventions, such as the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Inhuman or degrading treatment, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, stressing that there are many jurisprudential and judicial jurisprudence have relied on the provisions of the Covenants, and the development and establishment of a regional human rights systems.

For his part, Mr. Alaa Qaoud, Deputy head of the United Nations Office for Training and Documentation said that the workshop was part of the joint cooperation between the National Human Rights committee and the United Nations Office for Training and Documentation and aims to raise awareness and education for employees of government authorities on the rights contained in the International Covenants. The workshop will be followed by a serious of workshops on how to prepare reports for the committees concerned.

Qa’ud said that the National Human Rights Committee has published a simplified version of the two covenants in pamphlets. The participants’ interaction was very high, pointing out that this workshop is a first step in the process of raising awareness on the guarantees contained in the two international covenants. What’s special about this workshop is the representation from various governmental authorities, and other associations and organizations concerned.

 

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(Text of the Statement) The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar monitors continuing human rights violations by […]

(Text of the Statement)

The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar monitors continuing human rights violations by the UAE that contravene all international conventions, agreements, and norms and humanitarian principles.

Mixed families continue to face an certain future, under critical circumstances which change the lives of thousands of families in the Gulf region, due to the severe restrictions imposed by the countries of the blockade on relations with the State of Qatar leading on the first place to family dispersal.

In a number of cases monitored by the National Human Rights committee recently, some family members of mixed families have been prevented from departure from the United Arab Emirates.

A very recent case is that of Ms. Shaqraa Mohammed Obaid, Emirati citizen who is married to Mr. Fahd Abdullah Dhyiab, Qatari citizen. She left Qatar on January 23, 2019, with her two sons,
Dhyiab and Abdullah (2 years and 4 month respectively) to visit her family in the UAE. And she is currently banned from leaving The UAE with her two children, in violation of her right to family
reunification. Moreover, The National Human Rights Committee had documented 87 cases of violations of the right to family reunification following the issuance of the International Court of
Justice order.

The National Human Rights Committee deplores the continuing UAE authorities’ failure to comply with the International Court of Justice order No. 172 dated 23 July 2018, which urged the UAE to
comply with its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and to apply a set of provisional measures including ensuring that families
that include a Qatari, separated by the measures adopted by the UAE since 5 June 2017, are united, despite international appeals, and reports of international organizations documenting the violations.

The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar calls on UAE authorities to comply with the International Court of Justice order No. 172 dated 23 July 2018 and to allow The UAE citizen and her two Qatari children to leave the UAE immediately.

6 Jumada II 1440, 26th February 2019
Doha, Qatar

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Doha, February 25, 2019 Ms. Maryam al Attiyah, secretary General of the NHRC The State of Qatar described Qatar’s accession […]

Doha, February 25, 2019

Ms. Maryam al Attiyah, secretary General of the NHRC The State of Qatar described Qatar’s accession to the International Covenants on Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as an important step in promoting human rights and promoting Qatar’s sustainable development and its national vision 2030 in all its economic, social and political dimensions.

This came during her opening speech to the workshop organized by the National Human Rights Committee and the United Nations Center for Human Rights Training and Documentation for South-West Asia and the Arab Region on Qatar’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, at the Hilton Hotel from 25 to 27 of this month. Ms. Maryam Bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah stressed that the International Covenants have the power of laws for all governments that have ratified them.

Al-Attiyah explained that the workshop aims at defining the implications of Qatar’s accession to the two Covenants, as well as the role of the National Human Rights Committee and civil society organizations in protecting and promoting the rights enshrined in the Covenants. The Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee said that the organization of the workshop comes in the framework of the ongoing cooperation between the National Human Rights Committee and the United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation for South-West Asia and the Arab Region, with the participation of a wide range of representatives from government authorities or civil society organizations, pointing out that this active participation reflects the keenness of all components of the State to disseminate the culture of human rights and the promotion and protection of those rights.

Mr. Alaa Kaoud, Deputy Director of the United Nations Center for Human Rights Training and Documentation for South-West Asia and the Arab Region, discussed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Rights and guarantees covered by the Covenants. The workshop will include a number of working groups aimed at raising participants’ awareness of the content of the two Covenants. The agenda of the workshop includes a general introduction to the international human rights and obligations system, as well as a presentation on the international human rights treaties. Participants also review the role of national institutions in protecting the rights set forth in the two Covenants, and the general framework of the obligations of State parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights including the right to vote, the right to liberty and security of person, and freedom of opinion and expression. The agenda also addresses equality and non-discrimination in the rights set forth in the International Covenants.

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Doha, February 25, 2019 Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee met in his office […]

Doha, February 25, 2019

Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee met in his office at the Committee’s headquarters with Ms. Deika Haji, Minister of Women and Human Rights in the Republic of Somalia, who is currently visiting the state. The meeting discussed means of cooperation on issues of mutual interest and activating mechanisms for exchanging experiences and experiences in the field of human rights.

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Doha, February 24 As part of its mission to spread and establish a culture of human rights, the National Human […]

Doha, February 24

As part of its mission to spread and establish a culture of human rights, the National Human Rights Committee presented an educational lecture to the assistant judges of the Court of Cassation on its role in the dissemination, protection and promotion of human rights as well as the vision and mission of the Committee. The Committee emphasized that one of its most important objectives is investigating violations of human rights of citizens, residents and all those subject to the jurisdiction of the State of Qatar, providing advice and opinion on human rights issues to the concerned authorities, submitting proposals on existing legislation and draft laws and their compatibility with the provisions of international human rights conventions to which the State party, receiving complaints and petitions on human rights issues, as well as conducting field visits to penal institutions and correctional and detention places and gatherings of labor, health and education facilities.

The Committee explained that the Qatari legislator has set its terms of reference under Decree-Law No. 38 of 2002 in article 2, which stipulates that the Committee aims to protect human rights and freedoms. The protection aspect of the mandate requires that the NHRI should have the power to investigate and monitor human rights and, in many cases, to accept and investigate individual complaints. In this regard, it exercises a set of competencies, including investigation of abuses of human rights and freedoms, if any, suggesting ways of addressing them and avoiding their recurrence, And coordinating with the relevant authorities to respond to them, As well as contributing to the preparation of reports prepared by the State on human rights and freedoms and Cooperation with international and regional organizations concerned with the protection of human rights and freedoms, and the promotion of awareness and education on human rights and freedoms

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We call on the European Parliament to dispatch a fact-finding committee on the fate of the forcibly disappeared Qataris in […]

We call on the European Parliament to dispatch a fact-finding committee on the fate of the forcibly disappeared Qataris in Saudi Arabia

MP Isabella de Monti: Silence is no longer possible … and we will immediately move to help the victims

Members of the European Parliament affirm their readiness to take effective measures to demand the lifting of the blockade and support the victims and a common European position against violations committed against civilians

Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee of the European Parliament, called for dispatching a fact-finding committee to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to reveal the fate of the three Qatari nationals who have been forcibly disappeared since the imposition of the blockade on Qatar on 5 June 2017; calling on the Government of the State of Qatar to take all legal and judicial mechanisms to follow up on the fate of the forcibly disappeared citizens and to demand their immediate release and to address the Security Council to file a complaint about the failure of the UAE to comply with the precautionary decision of the International Court of Justice.

Ms. Isabella de Monti, a member of the European Parliament, said that it is no longer possible to remain silent on the violations of human rights due to the blockade imposed on Qatar, stressing that the European Parliament will move immediately and take effective measures to help those affected by human rights violations resulting from the blockade of Qatar.

This came during the second seminar of its kind, held by the European Parliament within two days, in a series of meetings scheduled to hear live testimonies of the victims of the blockade of Qatar in the presence of HE Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri, including Dr. Wafaa Yazidi, one of the victims of family dispersion, and Ms. Jouhar Mohammed Al-Mir, who was expelled from the Sorbonne Abu Dhabi.The seminar was moderated by Ms. Isabella de Monte, MP of the European Parliament, a number of deputies from various parliamentary committees, Mr. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khulaifi, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Belgium, as well as human rights activists and representatives of international media.

Al Marri: European Parliament hearings are an important step to redress victims

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri highlighted the importance of the initiative of the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the European Parliament to hold a series of seminars to listen directly to the victims of the blockade and to try to understand their suffering for more than 20 months. Al Marri also praised the move of The Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in the Arabian Peninsula (CDHRAP) and its awareness of the delay in addressing the appeals of those affected by the crisis, praising at the same time the size of the remarkable attendance witnessed by the hearing – the first of its kind – hosted by the European Parliament by MPs and international media. “Holding hearings for the victims of the blockade is an important step to redress victims affected by the violations and the suffering they have been facing for more than a year and a half. Today, we will hear about the suffering of the Qatari citizens, including the suffering of the three Qatari citizens who have disappeared forcibly since the beginning of the blockade of Qatar. Nothing is known about their whereabouts. All the efforts and moves of the NHRC have not been successful. We call upon the European Parliamentarians to dispatch a fact finding committee to investigate the fate of the three Qatari citizens and their whereabouts, and we call on the Saudi authorities to release them immediately. The National Human Rights Committee has provided all the information requested by the relevant UN mechanisms about the victims of forced disappearance and arbitrary detention, and we are in constant contact with the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances. We will follow up on our movements with various international legal and judicial bodies to hold Saudi Arabia accountable, define their international responsibilities and call on the immediate release of Qatari nationals; victims of enforced disappearance. We hold The Saudi authorities legally responsible for the fate of the three Qatari citizens and the psychological and physical damage they suffer as a result of their arbitrary detention, in flagrant violation of the provisions of international law, international covenants and human rights conventions. It is no longer acceptable to remain silent about the Saudi human rights violations, which are causing outrage to human rights organizations around the world”, Al Marri said.

Qatari ambassador in Brussels: We have heard terrible stories. It is time to stop the suffering of the victims

HE Mr. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khulaifi, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Belgium, affirmed that the European Parliament held a series of meetings with the victims of the blockade, which will contribute to a real understanding of the reality of the blockade crisis and the suffering suffered by thousands of citizens and residents in Qatar. The Ambassador said that the hearing held by the European Parliament has made many MPs and parliamentarians say that they were shocked by what they heard directly from the victims.

Dr. Wafaa Yazidi to the European Parliament: Do something .. But do not stay silent

Dr. Wafaa Yazidi said I did not imagine that we would live in bondage again in the 21st century. I came to the European Parliament because my children were raised here in Europe and learned freedom and human rights, I appeal to you to move to stop the tragedy. The European Parliament cannot remain silent; why do not you facilitate the renewal of passports for Bahrainis in Qatar? I will not allow my children to travel to renew their passports, because they will arrest them and not allow them to return back. I am not fully convinced that there are solutions, because the crisis is getting harder day by day. I will not forgive them for what they did to me and my children. We must keep children away from political conflicts.”

Ms. Jawahar al-Mir: The countries of the blockade punished the peoples with their decisions

The Qatari student Jawaher Mohammed Al Meer said “We want answers … there is no security in the absence of an embassy for my country in Abu Dhabi, they tend to punish the people with their decisions and did not punish the government of Qatar as they claim. Thank God, I have succeeded in raising the challenge, and I have continued my life, we are not victims, but heroes, because my country stood with me and supported me.”

European Parliamentarians: We will move to lift the blockade .. silence is no longer acceptable

The European Parliamentarians confirmed their willingness to move immediately to take effective measures to stop the suffering of the victims of the blockade, pointing out that the hearings of the victims made them understand the truth of what happened. Ms. Isabella de Monti, a member of the European Parliament, said “the human rights violations resulting from the blockade on Qatar can no longer be tolerated. The European Parliament will act immediately and take effective measures to help victims of human rights violations resulting from the blockade. Now we have a greater understanding of what is happening in Qatar, I appreciate the courage of Dr. Wafaa Yazidi, who is struggling to travel despite her illness to speak about her suffering in the European Parliament. I am fully prepared to coordinate among the various committees in the European Union and immediately take measures to support the victims and to adopt a unified position against violations committed against civilians. An European Parliamentarian said that he is shocked by what he heard from the victims, and is ready to work with other Parliamentarians to support Qatar, and put pressure on the blockading countries to lift the blockade. He commented on the suffering of the victims of the blockade, saying: “British laws punish those who leave a dog outside the car, let alone actions that cause the dispersion of families. What I hear today is very sad and unacceptable. though Abu Dhabi does respect international humanitarian law and the decisions of the International Court of Justice; it should support you to restore your rights rather than depriving families of their reunion.

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Saudi obstacles prevent Qataris from Hajj and Umrah for the third consecutive season Saudi Arabia’s claim to establish mechanisms to […]

Saudi obstacles prevent Qataris from Hajj and Umrah for the third consecutive season

Saudi Arabia’s claim to establish mechanisms to facilitate the pilgrimage is merely a maneuver to procrastinate

We Call on the European Parliament and the governments of the Union to address the Saudi authorities to stop violating the right to perform religious rites

We Call for urgent appeals and recommendations to remove Saudi obstacles to pilgrimage

Racial discrimination due to political disputes is a critical precedent that must be refereed to in United Nations reports

Brussels, 19 February 2019

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, said that the issue of Saudi violations and politicization of religious rituals shall be raised before the European Parliament and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), noting that no positive signs or signs of hope have been recorded, reflecting the willingness of the Saudi authorities to stop their violations and end the obstacles that deprive the citizens and residents of Qatar from performing their religious rituals for the third consecutive year. During his meeting in Brussels with the Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU and Commissioner of the European Union for Education, Culture and Youth, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh said that more than 20 months after the blockade imposed on Qatar since June 5, The Saudi authorities have taken no effective or concrete measures to remove the obstacles that have led to the politicization of religious rites after citizens and residents of Qatar have been prevented from performing Hajj and Umrah during the past two seasons, pointing out that “there are no positive signs on the horizon, reassuring the intention of the authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to retreat from the intransigence and stirring up the feelings of citizens and residents who were deprived of Hajj and Umrah, under the pretext of political dispute. Al Marri also gave an overview of the psychological and material damage caused by the Saudi authorities to pilgrims and, in addition to the material losses incurred by Hajj and Umrah campaigns.

Al-Marri called on the European Parliament and the governments of the Union countries to hold their moral responsibilities and to address the Saudi authorities about their violations resulting from the denial of the rights of citizens and residents of Qatar In the practice of religious rites, stressing that the need to respect the rights of citizens and residents of the State of Qatar to practice religious rites unconditionally and to overcome all obstacles placed by the Saudi authorities. “The mechanisms that the Saudi Arabian authorities claimed to establish to address the situation of victims affected remain misleading and ambiguous, lacking credibility, and did not address the human rights and humanitarian situation of those affected by the violation of the right to practice religious rites,” Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh said.

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh also noted the Saudi authorities’ disregard for the reports and statements of the National Human Rights Committee and the calls of the international community, particularly the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which called for an end to the obstacles facing citizens and residents in Qatar in performing their religious rituals. “Despite numerous statements by the National Human Rights Committee, the international reports and organizations and the urgent appeal of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief to the authorities of Saudi Arabia, they continue their policy of politicizing religious rituals, and prevent citizens and residents of Qatar from exercising their right to worship and perform religious rites. We know that The Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief in the United Nations had already addressed Saudi Arabia’s authorities on violations of religious rites; there had been no concrete response from the Saudi side or an end to such violations”, Al Marri said.

 

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