British parliamentarians call on their prime minister to take urgent steps to stop the violations caused by the blockade imposed on Qatar.
Senior officials in the Kingdom of Bahrain show off Qatar’s blockade.
Amnesty International’s second visit to Doha by the end of this month.
Lynch: Gulf crisis affected all basic rights and freedoms.
Carmichael: The State of Qatar is an important partner of the British government.
British parliamentarians have informed the president of the National Human Rights Committee, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, that they have addressed the British prime minister to the necessity of taking urgent steps to stop the humanitarian violations resulting from the blockade on Qatar. After the intensive meeting conducted by Dr. Ali bin Smaikh with a number of British parliamentarians during his European tour last October, during which he handed over reports of human rights violations monitored by the National Committee for Human Rights in Qatar since the beginning of the crisis. Dr. Al-Marri revealed that the second visit of Amnesty International’s mission to Doha is at the end of this month to find out the latest developments in the human rights situation after six months of the blockade and monitor its repercussions.
Dr. Al-Marri expressed his thanks for the response of British parliamentarians and their rapid engagement with their government, and called for accountability to stop the increasing violations of the growing number of citizens and residents of the Gulf region. This came during a joint hearing session organized by the British Parliament to the National Committee for Human Rights in Qatar, represented by its president, Dr. Ali bin Samikh and Amnesty International represented by Mr. James Lynch. The meeting discussed the repercussions of the blockade on Qatar and the measures to be taken to alleviate the suffering of those affected. Dr. Al Marri in the hearing put a recommendation and demand the neutralization of civilians from political differences and conflicts. Al-Marri said: “You can ask the countries of the blockade why they are involving civilians in their dispute with the State of Qatar. They should be urged not to use peoples as human shields to achieve political goals”.
Al Marri said I have come here to convey the message of the victims after six months of blockade, they call on that the international community to put an end to their suffering. Al-Marri discussed the losses incurred by Qatari owners and investors whose rights are violated to dispose their properties in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The president of the National Human Rights Committee explained that Saudi Arabia still uses the right to practice religious rites as a political pressure tool. He said: We have received many complaints in recent days because of obstacles placed by the Saudi authorities to pilgrims from the State of Qatar. He added: Also confirmed several campaigns to promote the pilgrims and Umrah that the Saudi authorities have opened the electronic registration for the performance of Umrah for all Islamic countries except Qatar. Al-Marri noted that the National Human Rights Commission will send new reports to all parliaments and governments on this grave violation. It will also call for urgent action by all international mechanisms to prevent further obstacles to the religious practices of Qataris and residents of Qatar. He said: We will also organize hearings for a number of victims of the politicization of religious rites in some parliaments.
Dr. Ali bin Smaikh invited the members of the Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Committees of the British Parliament to visit Doha for the second time and to find out the latest repercussions of the blockade on human rights; members assured their willingness to visit Doha for the second time and to find out the latest repercussions of the siege on human rights as soon as possible.
Amnesty International representative, James Lynch said: “what has been taken in this crisis is arbitrary restrictions on movement and the most affected category are families, stressing the impact of the decisions of the countries of the blockade on individuals and civilians who are considered the main victims. “We visited the State of Qatar at the beginning of the crisis and after meeting with some of those affected, we stand on the extent to which these decisions affect all basic rights and freedoms,” Lynch said. In the same context, a number of members of parliament during their interventions stated that the categories affected are not limited to Qatari citizens and residents, but also include a large proportion of citizens of the countries of the blockade.
MP Alistair Carmichael, stated that It is necessary to discuss the humanitarian implications of the dispute not only from the political point of view, but also from the international human rights aspects.