French media highlighted the meeting between Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights committee and Ms. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The French daily newspaper, “Le Figaro”, published an article on the first meeting of its kind between Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh and Ms. Bachelet since she came into office a few months ago, entitled “The Humanitarian Consequences of Qatar’s Blockade”. “If the blockade imposed on Qatar 18 months ago has diplomatic and economic effects, another aspect of this crisis takes on a more serious dimension, the humanitarian crisis. It is the stakes and the issue that will be discussed at the meeting in Geneva between the chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh Al Marri, and Ms. Michel Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in Geneva, Switzerland. The parties will address such issues as the right to treatment, the right to residence, the right to education and other rights that should be guaranteed to Qatari citizens and residents of Qatar ” Le Figaro stated.