– Deterrent measures must be taken to end the obstacles faced by UAE nationals and residents in Qatar
– The UAE has not yet fully complied with the ICJ’s decision
– we Call on the United Nations to take strict measures to ensure that the UAE complies with the precautionary decision of the International Labor Court
– The countries of the blockade are still ignoring the UN resolutions
– we Call on the High Commissioner to hold the Saudi authorities accountable for the fate of Qataris who have been forcibly disappeared
Geneva: Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, met with Ms. Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in Geneva on Thursday and stated that a comprehensive report shall be published next month documenting the violations of the decisions of the International Court of Justice and human rights of citizens and residents of Qatar, despite the UAE authorities’ formal commitment to implement the decisions of the International Court of Justice. Al Marri called for effective and prompt action by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and various United Nations mechanisms, to take deterrent measures to put an end to violations by the UAE and to ensure full compliance with international conventions and recommendations and to implement the precautionary decision of the International Court of Justice on stopping discriminatory measures against citizens and residents of Qatar .
This came during Dr. Al Marri’s meeting with Ms. Michel Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the Organization’s headquarters in Geneva, three months after the appointment of the former High Commissioner for Human Rights at the end of last August .
Al-Marri congratulates Bachelet and praises the path of the High Commission
At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri congratulated Ms. Michel Bachelet on her assumption of her new post , and affirmed the readiness of the National Human Rights Committee to cooperate with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and The United Nations Human Rights Council, to defend human rights issues regionally and internationally.
Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh praised “the prominent and effective role of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in addressing the serious violations caused by the blockade imposed on Qatar since 5 June 2017, through its reports and numerous correspondence to the countries of the blockade, demanding its cessation of violations of human rights, condemning the violations of the blockade, and calling for their cessation. Al Marri also noted that “the NHRC is ready to continue cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights under the chairmanship of Ms. Michel Bachelet to push for urgent and effective solutions to stop the suffering of thousands of families.”
Follow up the implementation of the technical mission’s decisions
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take action to ensure that the blockading states comply with the findings of the technical mission of the High Commissioner following her visit to Doha in November 2017. Al Marri stated that “Despite warnings from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights of the continuing violations, 11 special rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Council and the working Group on Arbitrary Detention have sent letters to the these states urging them to end their violations and discriminatory measures against citizens and residents of Qatar, the four countries continue to ignore the resolutions of the United Nations and the international community, and human rights organizations. “We are fully confident that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the international community and all governments of the world are committed to respect human rights,” said Bachelet. In this context, we call on the High Commission to address the countries of the blockaded and to impose stronger pressure to compel them to abide by the resolutions of the United Nations. ”
Violations of Emiratis and preventing Qatari nationals from entering its territory
On the other hand, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri said that the National Human Rights Committee will publish a comprehensive report next month, documenting the various violations of the UAE’s precautionary decisions of the International Court of Justice on the cessation of discriminatory measures against citizens and residents of the State of Qatar, pointing out that “the UAE has not yet fully complied with the decision of the International Court of Justice. We have received many complaints in the National Human Rights Committee about the cases of prevention, harassment and obstacles faced by Qatari citizens.”
Saudi Arabia’s accountability for the fate of Qataris detained in Riyadh
In his meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, addressed the issue of the four Qatari nationals who are still subject to enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention by the Saudi authorities, and called on the High Commissioner for Human Rights to hold the Saudi authorities accountable. Al Marri also expressed his concern about the suffering of the citizens of Qatar, in the absence of any information about their whereabouts today, despite all the calls made by the families of the detainees and the movements of the National Human Rights Committee of the relevant UN mechanisms.”\
The National Human Rights Committee has provided all the information requested by the relevant UN mechanisms on the identity of Qatari nationals, victims of forced and arbitrary detention,” said Dr. Al Marri.
Al Marri concluded by stressing that “the National Human Rights Committee holds the Saudi authorities full legal responsibility for the fate of the four citizens of Qatar, and the potential psychological and physical damage. The National Committee will not remain silent and will continue its actions and take all legal and judicial measures until the release of the four Qatari citizens. At the end of the meeting, Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al-Marri gave the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the NHRC reports on violations in a year and a half of the blockade.