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.