Al Marri met with the Permanent Delegates of Germany, Britain and France in Geneva
Dr. Al-Marri calls for urgent action through the mechanisms of the Human Rights Council to redress the victims of the blockade
We are in an urgent need to great efforts to end the effects of hate speech, incitement and violence
The blockade on Qatar has affected the historical cohesion of Gulf families
The countries of the blockade should handle the crisis from its political framework
Universities at the counties of the blockade are responsible for the disruption of Qatari students’ education for the past year
Dr. Al Marri receives proposals for new moves to redress the affected students
Geneva: 23 February 2018
The chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, called on the permanent representatives of Germany, France and Britain to urgently move through the mechanisms of the 27th session of the Human Rights Council, in order to end the violations caused by the blockade on the State of Qatar.
This came during a series of intensive meetings held in Geneva with Ms. Elizabeth Laurin, Permanent Representative of France and Mrs. Julian Prithwitt, Permanent representative of the United Kingdom.
Al-Marri stated that The blockade crisis on Qatar has affected the rights of people in Qatar and in the Gulf states, pointing out that the biggest concern is the lifting of the unprecedented humanitarian violations that accompanied this crisis, expressing his regret for the spread of hate speech, incitement and violence, pointing out that this type of violation requires huge efforts to end their effects, pointing out in the same context that there is no intention of the countries of the blockade to lift it and end these violations and handle the crisis within the framework of political and diplomatic aspects.
The chairman of the National Human Rights Committee said that since the beginning of this crisis, we have advocated the need to neutralize the humanitarian file from political disputes, especially because the crisis involves many countries with which we have social ties and where common interests among their peoples are closely linked to their daily lives. Dr. Al-Marri explained during his meetings the latest developments in the Gulf crisis in the face of violations against citizens and residents of Qatar and citizens of the GCC. Al Marri said that Every day through this crisis has unsafe consequences and this will widen the social gap between the peoples in the Gulf States, and this will in turn strike the historical cohesion of the mixed families in the GCC countries.
Dr. Al Marri During his meetings praised the response of the parliamentarians and officials of foreign affairs and human rights in Germany, France and Britain and their positive approach to the suffering of those affected by the violations caused by the blockade.
Al-Marri called for more efforts and measures to put an end to human suffering in the Gulf region, and said: “we should not be restless in light of this crisis, except by lifting the injustice suffered by the victims, redressing their cause and putting in place the necessary measures to protect them and ensuring that these violations will not repeated in the Gulf region or anywhere in the world.”
In the same context, Dr. Al Marri met at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva with Mr, Alfred Fernandez, Executive Director of the International Organization for the Right to Education and Freedom of education. The meeting discussed violations of the right to education as a result of the blockade. Al-Marri addressed all files related to the monitoring and documentation of the suffering of Qatari students in the universities of the countries of the blockade, as well as all correspondences of the National Human Rights Committee to international organizations concerned with the right to education. In turn, Dr. Al Marri received form the Executive Director of the Organization proposals for further moves to redress the Qatari students expelled from universities in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. In the same context, Mr. Fernandez stressed that the organization will examine all documents relating to violations of the right to education and to consider appropriate measures to lift these violations. Dr. Al-Marri stated that The universities at the countries of the blockade are responsible before the international community and human rights organizations for the loss of a full academic year of the educational future of these students and they should maintain respect for this responsibility and redress the victims of the students.
The International Organization for the right to education and freedom of education is a non-profit organization based in Geneva, founded in 1984 by a number of politicians, former ministers, members of the European Parliament and legal activists; the President of the Sorbonne University was elected a member of its Executive Council. This foundation is an active member of the international community for the protection of the right to education and freedom of education, as an observer member and advisor to the United Nations organizations, especially UNESCO, and work on this right and freedom. They are provided with technical reports in this area.
Dr. Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, participated in the general meetings of the 2018 meetings of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions in the presence of members and representatives of the regional networks and representatives of the Office of the High Commissioner and other United Nations organizations. The meeting discussed the adoption of a number of new members of national human rights institutions and their accreditation. The meeting also discussed the possibility of amending certain articles of the GANHRI within the framework of its statute, as well as a number of themes related to the agenda of its General Assembly.