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November 25, 2018 – States of the blockade practiced the most severe violations and violence against Qatari and Gulf women […]

November 25, 2018

– States of the blockade practiced the most severe violations and violence against Qatari and Gulf women

– Thousands of women are deprived of their right to reunite their children and their husbands, under the pretext of political differences!

– Compelling women to leave their spouses and children forcibly is the most serious and egregious violation

– Some Governments and international organizations remain silent, or are content to be complacent about the violence of the countries of the blockade against women

Doha:

Ms. Maryam Bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary General of the National Human Rights Committee, called on the international community and international human rights institutions to take effective and strong measures to end the violence against Qatari and Gulf women. forcibly separating women from their husbands and children by the countries of the blockade, is the most serious and gross violation of women’s rights.

In a speech marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Ms. Mariam Bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah said in a press statement: “While the international community is making vigorous efforts; many conventions and laws that protect women from violence against them have resulted in Women in Qatar and the Gulf States celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women while they are subjected to the most severe forms of moral, psychological and physical violence against thousands of women in Qatar and the countries of the blockade itself, as a result of an unjust blockade that violates the human rights guaranteed by religions, Depriving many women of their right to be with their children and their husbands, on the pretext of political disputes! “.

“It is very regrettable that governments and international organizations have been silent, or are content to be complacent about the violence resulting from an unjust blockade, that has made women victims of serious violations of the blockade, which has, and continues to deprive many mothers and in Qatar and the countries of the blockade to exercise their right to reunite with their families and force many of them to be separate from their husbands and children forcibly, in addition to students who have been deprived of completing their education in the blockading countries and many women and girls who have been denied access to treatment, due to the arbitrary and unjust measures imposed by the blockading countries, as it represents a flagrant violation of international laws and charters of human rights.

 

Commitment to fight violence and defend women’s rights

Mrs. Mariam Bint Abdullah Al Attiyah stressed that the NHRC will continue to strive to combat all forms of violence against women, while at the same time emphasizing the steps taken by the Qatari government to protect women from various forms of violence, including the ratification to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in 2009 and its keenness to provide family support services, and the establishment of the Qatar Foundation for the Protection of Children and Women, the Family Counseling Center, and other social institutions concerned with the protection of Qatari and Qatari women’s rights in Qatar .

Al Attiyah referred to the promulgation of the Family Code in 2006, the Law on the establishment of family courts and the procedures for litigation before them, as well as a continuous review of national legislation and the amendment of some of its provisions to provide maximum protection for members of society; this is in addition to the promulgation of Law No. 15 of 2017 on regulating the rights of domestic workers including working hours, weekly holidays and means to protect women workers from violence.

“The observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is yet another opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the defend and protect women’s rights. In its recommendations and reports, the National Human Rights Committee recommends that the Qatari government continues to develop and protect women’s rights and address all shortcomings that may impede women’s participation in and contribution to the development of society, in our belief in the fundamental role of women in the success of any civilizational project”, Al Attiyah added.

 

NHRC’s role to counter Violence

“The National Human Rights Committee is a quasi-judicial body, in accordance with international standards, whose mission is to receive complaints and grievances and to find solutions to it, including women subjected to violence. The NHRC is keen to prevent the spread of violence in society through proactive steps, including organizing educational and awareness workshops in schools, universities and health care centers, as well as places of detention. The NHRC also conduct field studies to monitor the awareness of various groups of society about the seriousness of the phenomenon of violence, such as a survey of 1,000 male and female citizens on the provisions of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, The results reflected the awareness among the groups of society, and their rejection of violence against women and violence of all kinds.

 

Achievements of Qatari women ..

“Celebrating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is also an occasion to advocate for the achievements made by Qatari women, especially in the field of education, and holding the highest posts such as the appointment of four women – For the first time – as members of the Shura Council, and the appointment of a spokeperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Qatari government has taken a positive step towards the appointment of four women to the Shura Council, with the Emiri Decree No. 22 of 2017, which included the appointment of four Qatari women as members of the council,” Al attiyah said.

“In education, Qatar has achieved the principle of equal access to primary and secondary education, as well as social security. The compulsory education law has contributed to higher enrollment rates in primary education, which is an indicator of equal opportunities for male and female enrollment in schools, according to Qatar’s fourth Human Development Report. Qatari women also have full freedom to participate in cultural life and sports, to attend and participate in all artistic and sporting events, and to receive full support and encouragement,” concluded the Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee.

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Doha The International Labor Organization (FIFA) and the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) hailed the reforms adopted by the […]

Doha

The International Labor Organization (FIFA) and the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) hailed the reforms adopted by the State of Qatar to protect human rights and migrant workers during an open session of the European Parliament, which discussed the importance of respecting human rights standards and laws during the organization of major sporting events.

The representatives of ILO and FIFA said that Qatar has made striking and significant changes in recent years to ensure respect for the rights of all workers in Qatar, not only the workers in the World Cup facilities, and the highest standards of safety and security during the construction of the 2022 stadiums. Including the abolition of the sponsorship law and the law on the regulation of entry and exit of expatriates, including the cancellation of the requirement to issue an exit document to allow the travel of expatriates.

“I would like to dedicate these minutes to my presentation on the latest developments in the State of Qatar, which are already a model for development,” said Ms. Beate Andrees, Chief of the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch of the ILO Governance and Tripartism Department. “Many of you may know that the ILO is present in Qatar to encourage the development of workers’ rights in this country, and we have started our work there by following up the conditions of the workers, their places of residence, their working conditions, their access to the appropriate health services, In accordance with international law and ILO standards, and after several years of discussions, particularly in 2017, we have made substantial progress with the State of Qatar by signing a comprehensive program of technical cooperation between the ILO and Qatar. The Qatari government is keen to emphasize that it is not only concerned with the workers working in construction projects related to the Qatar 2022 World Cup. It is also concerned with all workers, whether Qataris or expatriate workers working in the stadiums, Hotels and various other fields. I think we should highlight the importance of this change for us, as it is part of our concern to establish a long-term system that benefits all migrant workers in Qatar,” Ms. Beate Andrees concluded.

“This is the first time that fundamental attention has been given to the need to respect human rights standards and laws in the organization of sporting events, and be included in the terms of the agreements signed by FIFA on the organization of major sporting events. In Qatar, we worked closely with the Higher Committee for Heritage and Projects in the State of Qatar to follow up on the completion of the infrastructure and the World Cup stadiums in Qatar,” Mr. Federico Adeishi, Director of the Department of Sustainable Development and Diversity of the International Federation of Football (FIFA) Major sports said. He added “I am sure you have seen over the past few months that Qatar has adopted some reforms to change labor laws, in coordination with the International Labor Organization. We are very pleased to see that this development which- according to many experts – would not have been possible without shedding light on the organization of the FIFA World Cup, and this change now supports our efforts to ensure respect for human rights and workers’ rights. The FIFA has confirmed for years that it has a responsibility to ensure that the highest standards are respected in the facilities of the World Cup. said Federico. “We have been working for years on the implementation of FIFA’s strategy to prepare for the 2022 World Cup, a strategy in cooperation with the local organizing committees and the Higher Committee for Heritage and Projects, a strategy based on respect for human rights standards,” he concluded.

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November 20, 2018 The NHRC received at its headquarters students of the Faculty of Law – Qatar University. The committee […]

November 20, 2018

The NHRC received at its headquarters students of the Faculty of Law – Qatar University. The committee presented two introductory lectures about the functions and competences of the National Human Rights Committee in general and the functions of the legal department of the committee in particular. The first lecture dealt with the establishment of the committee, its vision, its specialties and its international accreditation, in addition to its functions of protecting, monitoring and spreading awareness of the human rights culture in Qatar.

Mr. Abdullah Al Kaabi, Director of the Department of Legal Affairs, presented the second lecture describing how the department deals with complaints and petitions in addition to the internal regulations at the committee level. Al-Kaabi explained the working methods of the Legal Department through its administrative structure, pointing out that the reception and registration section is specialized in receiving cases, and submitting it to the concerned legal officer in the investigations department. Al Kaabi also talked about community offices (Nepal, Philippine, India and Africa) that provide assistance to applicants in filling in the application forms, meet the requirements for submission and provide translation work. With regard to the Investigation and Legal Consultation section, it is concerned with investigating the complaints, taking the necessary action including the possibility of reconciliation and contacting the competent authorities in the event of the failure of reconciliation and referral to the competent court and provide legal assistance, in addition to conducting field visits. The legislation and international agreements section deals with the study of human rights legislation and commenting on them in line with the human rights conventions and provisions.

Al-Kaabi explained that the Department of Legal Affairs carries out many of the internal activities listed in accordance with the strategic plan of the NHRC for 2018. In addition, it carried out 116 field visits as of November 2018 through the Monitoring and Visits Committee. The Director of the Legal Department also stated that the Department is also responsible for preparing the reports of the Committee and the reports on the violations of the blockade, including the general reports and specialized reports on the violations of the right to practice religious rituals, education, property, food and medicine. In addition to the annual reports issued by the Committee on the situation of human rights in the State of Qatar.

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November 12, 2018 Mr. Maryam Bint Abdullah Al Attiyah, Secretary General of the National Human Rights Committee, opened the celebration […]

November 12, 2018

Mr. Maryam Bint Abdullah Al Attiyah, Secretary General of the National Human Rights Committee, opened the celebration of the Qatari human rights day with a speech highlighting that “this celebration reaffirms the concern of the leadership and people of Qatar for human rights and fosters its engagement in international and regional efforts to protect and promote human rights through the State’s commitment foremost at the national level, and its full conviction of this choice in the area of national development at the social and economic level.

Al Attiyah added: ” Since its foundation, the State of Qatar has an obligation to respect universal values of human rights which laid the foundation for the economic advancement. This has been reflected positively on the Qatari society through the promotion of human rights and the empowerment of citizens without discrimination on the basis of gender, race or any other specified bases. Qatar’s National Development Strategy (2018-2022) implies that the social development strategy is rights-based and people-centered and is based on the directives of the wise leadership and the aspirations of Qatar National Vision. The accession of the State of Qatar to many international covenants and conventions, including the accession to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights, has been reflected positively on Qatar’s national strategies, policies and laws, most notably the Qatar National Vision 2030, which included a package of human rights-based reforms and a policy of gradual transition from a social service-based approach that guarantees citizens’ rights to an enabling approach that encourages active citizenship and public participation. Qatar has become a leading human rights country in a short time. This is reflected in the implementation of its international obligations and its firm positions on regional human rights issues. The Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council commended the rule of law and the presence of institutions that maintain human rights in the State of Qatar. The National Human Rights Committee is one of the leading institutions working in parallel with the Government to protect and promote human rights in the State of Qatar. It also monitors the commitment of the Qatari Government to fulfill its human rights obligations under international and regional treaties.”

Art exhibition addressing the violations resulting from the blockade

Al Attiyah added: In this context and In accordance with article 3 of Decree-Law No. 17 of 2010, which set the competencies and duties of the Committee including “To raise awareness on human rights and freedoms, to entrench human rights culture, and to consolidate human rights principles on both the intellectual and the practical levels”, the National Human rights Committee organizes an art exhibition under title is “The Qatari Day for Human Rights”, in cooperation with Qatar Museums’ (QM) Fire Station on the occasion of the Qatari Human Rights Day. The exhibition includes artworks that represent a unique combination of fine arts and human rights related issues including children’s rights, women’s rights, freedom of opinion and expression and even the repercussions of the unjust blockade imposed on the State of Qatar.”

Mr. Khalifa Al-Obaidli, Director of Qatar Museums’ (QM) Fire Station Artists in Residence stated that “We gather today to celebrate the Qatari Human Rights Day with you and with a group of Qatari and local artists, and to celebrate the opening of the Art exhibition held on various topics related to the security and stability of humanity on our planet, which reflects our awareness and commitment to human rights principles towards all nationalities and races. I have been with the artists for the past two weeks though which I have followed the development of their works and the way they expressed their ideas in their artworks on display in the exhibition. I am pleased to say that the dialogue between the artists and the discussions about the development of their artworks reflects the awareness and commitment of artists in Qatar and their influential role In the community.”

In conclusion, Al-Obaidli extended thanks and appreciation to the National Human Rights Committee for the orientation and interest in the participation of artists in this celebration and spreading their message through art.

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– We discussed cooperation and concluding a bilateral partnership to coordinate efforts to combat terrorism and protect human rights – […]

– We discussed cooperation and concluding a bilateral partnership to coordinate efforts to combat terrorism and protect human rights

– Terrorist Lists declared by the blockading countries sought to discredit Qatar and restrict the work of charity organizations and human rights advocates and journalists

– Al-Marri briefed Mrs. Fionolay on the efforts of the National Human Rights Committee in supporting efforts of combating terrorism and protecting human rights

Doha: November 3, 2018

Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al-Marri, chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, called on the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the context of combating terrorism to take urgent action to find the whereabouts of the four Qatari nationals detained by the Saudi authorities and demand their immediate release. This came during a meeting with Ms. Fionola Delean, UN Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, on the sidelines of her visit to Doha to participate in a conference to address the issue of returnees from terrorist areas.

During the meeting, Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al-Marri briefed the efforts of the National Human Rights Committee to counter terrorism and protect human rights, and the outcomes of the recommendations of the international conference held by the National Human Rights Committee in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Confronting Conflict in the Arab Region, held during the period from 20 to 21 February 2017, and the International Conference on the Challenges of Security and Human Rights in the Arab Region, held from 5 to 6 November 2014, in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Council of Arab Ministers of the Interior, the League of Arab States, and the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions, and attended by more than 300 organizations and prominent figures and representatives of the Interior and Justice Ministries.

Al Marri briefed Ms. Fionola about the repercussions of the unjust blockade imposed on the State of Qatar since 5 June 2017, and the serious violations of human rights, as documented by the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and handed over copies of the annual reports of the National Human Rights Committee and the general report on the blockade imposed of Qatar.

Dr. Ali Bin Smeikh addressed the issue of the four Qatari nationals detained by the Saudi authorities, who are victims of arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances, calling for urgent action to know the fate of the detained Qatari nationals and pressure on the Saudi authorities to release them immediately, stressing that the fate of the four citizens is still unknown since their arrest by the Saudi authorities in arbitrary and unfair ways, pointing at the same time the efforts and moves made by the National Human Rights Committee to try to obtain information about them and demand the international community to pressure the Saudi authorities to reveal Their fate.

Dr. Al Marri also discussed with Ms. Fionola the issue of the terrorist lists declared by the countries of blockade which classify a number of institutions, personalities and humanitarian organizations in Qatar, along with human rights activists, journalists as terrorists, without any legal basis or argument, stressing that these lists aimed at discrediting the State of Qatar and attempts to level accusations of terrorism against Qatar, as well as the efforts of the blockading countries to strike at the charitable humanitarian work carried out by the State of Qatar and Qatari humanitarian organizations throughout the world.

On the other hand, Al Marri discussed during the meeting possible aspects of cooperation and a partnership to coordinate efforts to combat terrorism and protect human rights between the National Human Rights Committee and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.

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– We demand the dispatch of an international fact-finding mission on the disappearance of the Qatari citizens – We call […]

– We demand the dispatch of an international fact-finding mission on the disappearance of the Qatari citizens

– We call on the working group on Arbitrary Detention and the working group on Enforced Disappearance to conduct a joint field visit to Saudi Arabia

– Three Qatari victims of enforced disappearances and another detained arbitrarily

– Acts of Saudi authorities is considered a disgraceful act that will leave its psychological effects on future generations

– Provide all international organizations and the United Nations with information and data on the disappeared and forcibly detained

– We are in constant contact with the UN working group on Enforced Disappearances and the UN working group on Arbitrary Detention

– We call on the international community and international organizations to urge Saudi Arabia to comply with international law

– We call on the Saudi human rights organizations to take courageous and firm positions towards the violations of their country against the Qataris

– We have strong fears of the fate of Qataris detained by the Saudi authorities for a long time

– The National Human Rights Committee and the families of the four citizens have not received any information about them

– The National Human Rights Committee cannot find out whereabouts of Qatari citizens or communicate with them and know their fate

LONDON:

Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Committee for Human Rights in Qatar, called on the Saudi authorities to immediately disclose the whereabouts of the four Qatari nationals; victims of enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention, calling for dispatching a UN fact-finding mission relating to the whereabouts of three Qatari victims of enforced disappearances and another citizen who was arbitrarily detained. The fate of the four citizens remains unknown since they were arbitrarily and unfairly arrested by the Saudi authorities.

Al Marri also urged the Special Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Special Group on Enforced Disappearances to undertake a joint field visit to Saudi Arabia to reveal the situation of arrested citizens. On the sidelines of his visit to the United Kingdom, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh stressed that the NHRC has “serious concerns” about the fate of the Qatari citizens held by the Saudi authorities for a long time. We call upon the Saudi authorities to immediately disclose the whereabouts of the four Qatari nationals and hold the Kingdom fully responsible for the safety of the Qatari detainees.

“So far, neither the National Human Rights Committee nor the families of the 4 Qatari citizens held in Saudi Arabia can know where they are being held, nor even communicate with them or know their fate,” Al Marri said.

While praising the cooperation of international organizations with the National Human Rights Committee, Al Marri called on them to exert more pressure to release Qatari citizens before it is too late and to face any threat to their lives. “We have provided all international organizations and the United Nations with information and we are in constant contact with the UN working group on Enforced Disappearances and the UN working group on Arbitrary Detention. We appreciate the efforts of international organizations and call on them to put more pressure on the Saudi authorities to uncover the fate of Qatari citizens before it is too late”, Al Marri added.

Saudi human rights organizations are required to perform their duties

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh called on the international community and international organizations to move and put more pressure on the KSA to respect international law and release the four Qatari citizens and called on Saudi human rights organizations to have courageous and resolute attitudes towards their country’s violations against the Qatari people, to triumph over human rights and to exercise their functions as human rights organizations.

Continuing movements of the National Human Rights Committee

The Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee has repeatedly called for extensive investigations into the gross and systematic violations and discriminatory measures by the Saudi authorities against Qatari citizens and residents in Qatar, while dispatching a mission to investigate the situation of Qatari detainees in Saudi Arabia. Al-Marri pointed out that the Saudi authorities have not released or allowed contact with Qatari detainees until now and called for dispatching a joint mission of the Committees on Arbitrary Detention and Forced Disappearance to Saudi Arabia to understand the root causes of arbitrary deprivation of liberty and enforced disappearance of Qatari nationals.

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Al Marri: – The intransigence of Saudi Arabia will introduce the politicization of the United Nations system of human rights […]

Al Marri:

– The intransigence of Saudi Arabia will introduce the politicization of the United Nations system of human rights

– The issue of politicizing feelings will be brought up soon before parliament and the European Union

– The NHRC continues its actions and procedures to determine the legal responsibility of Saudi Arabia

– We call for conducting international investigations of Saudi violations of the right to practice religious rites

– The need to address the Saudi authorities regarding violations of the right to perform religious rites

– We call for urgent appeals and recommendations to remove Saudi obstacles to pilgrims

– The NHRC will not allow repeated violations of Saudi Arabia in the future

– Saudi Arabia’s claim to establish mechanisms to facilitate the pilgrim is merely a maneuver to procrastinate and improve its image

– Racial discrimination because of political controversy is a critical precedent that must be proved in United Nations reports

London: October 13, 2018

The chairman of the NHRC in Qatar, Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al-Marri, notes that the intransigence of Saudi Arabia will introduce the politicization of the United Nations system of human rights, stressing the need for the Saudi authorities to respect the rights of citizens and residents of Qatar to practice religious rites without restriction or condition, and to overcome all the obstacles placed by the Saudi authorities in front of pilgrims from the State of Qatar.

Al Marri called on The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief to conduct international investigations of Saudi violations of the right to practice religious rites and to address the Kingdom’s authorities for violations resulting from the denial of their right to practice religious rites.

Mysterious disinformation to improve the image of the KSA

In his meeting with Mr. Ahmed Shahid, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief at the United Nations in London, the chairman of the National Human Rights Committee said that “after about a year and a half of the blockade crisis; there is no response by the Saudi authorities to remove violations and suffering of Victims of its arbitrary actions. As required by the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief in the United Nations, we call for the need to address the Saudi authorities on the continuing violations of the right to practice religious rites and the obstacles impeding the exercise of this fundamental human right. The mechanisms that the Saudi Arabian authorities have claimed to establish to address the situation of victims affected by their violations remain misleading and ambiguous, lacking credibility, and not addressing the human rights and humanitarian situation of those affected by the violation of the right to practice religious rites. The mechanisms have not been activated in coordination with the National Human Rights Committee, despite its relentless efforts to do so.What the Kingdom’s authorities have done is not merely a maneuver to procrastinate and improve its image. It has resulted in the continued denial of Hajj and Umrah for Qatari citizens and residents for the second consecutive year.The National Human Rights Committee has also addressed national institutions and some civil society organizations concerned with human rights in Saudi Arabia; however, it has not received any response, and there has been no significant cooperation from the Saudi side, since the blockade began, to this day”.

Saudi Arabia ignores calls and international reports to stop violations

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh pointed out that the Saudi authorities ignored the reports and statements of the National Human Rights Committee and the international community’s appeals, particularly the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which demanded an end to the obstacles facing the performance of citizens and residents of Qatar for their religious rituals. Despite numerous statements by the National Human Rights Committee, the assertions of international reports and organizations and the urgent appeal made by the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief in the United Nations to the authorities of Saudi Arabia, it continues its policy of politicizing religious rites, and impose obstacles for Qataris and residents in the State of Qatar, and not enable them to exercise their right to worship and perform religious rites.”

Saudi Arabia ignores the danger of politicizing religious rites

The chairman of the National Human Rights Committee called on the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief in the United Nations to inform the Saudi authorities and renew their address, to alert them to the danger of politicizing religious rites and violation of the right to practice. The National Human Rights Committee continues its actions and procedures to determine the legal responsibility of Saudi Arabia locally, regionally and internationally for the psychological damage caused to the pilgrims, and the material losses incurred by the Campaigns of Hajj and Umrah cited in reports of the NHRC and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports prepared by the campaigns of Hajj and Umrah, this caused Qatari nationals and residents to refrain from performing Hajj and Umrah, in the absence of adequate guarantees for their safety and security and facilitations of the performance of their religious rites”.

Racial discrimination on the pretext of political conflict

The chairman of the National Human Rights Committee concluded his meeting with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief in the United Nations and stated that “The National Human Rights Committee continues its actions and procedures to determine the legal responsibility of Saudi Arabia for violating the right to practice religious rites. In this context, we will raise the issue of politicizing the feelings before the Parliament and the European Union and meet with the concerned bodies, soon.”

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Qatar’s initiative to host an international conference to fight piracy and espionage is widely welcomed A specialized unit is needed […]

Qatar’s initiative to host an international conference to fight piracy and espionage is widely welcomed

A specialized unit is needed to combat the crime of piracy against human rights advocates and organizations in the world

officials in national human rights institutions are at risk and harassed

Marrakech: October 10, 2010

Dr. Ali bin Samih al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, called for the establishment of a special UN rapporteur on the crimes of electronic piracy and its impact on the enjoyment of human rights and placing these crimes on the permanent agenda of the Human Rights Council, as well as expanding the functions of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. Al Marri also called on The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish a specialized unit to combat the crime of piracy against human rights defenders and organizations in the world.

This came during his speech at the opening of the 13th International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions in Marrakech, Kingdom of Morocco, from 10 to 12 of this month under the title “Expansion of civic space and the promoting and protecting of human rights defenders with a focus on women: the role of national institutions Human rights”. Under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh expressed his country’s readiness to host an international conference to combat piracy and espionage in order to participate in an international dialogue to develop national legislation, activate the relevant conventions and support the mandate of the Special Rapporteur to protect defenders. Al-Marri said: “The National Human Rights Committee in Qatar has been subjected to many attacks this year from external parties as a result of the crisis in Qatar, where the NHRC’s website has been subjected to more than 735 thousand attacks, along with campaigns and other distorting practices to disable Performing its functions as a national institution and human rights defender.

Al Marri pointed out in the same context that many civil society activists and Qatari media officials have been subjected to piracy and espionage from external parties, and said The National Human Rights Committee has addressed many United Nations special rapporteurs as well as concerned international governmental and non-governmental organizations. We propose to expand the functions of the Special Rapporteur on Defenders, in light of the violations against defenders and activists, and call for the establishment of a special rapporteur on the crimes of cyber piracy and its impact on the enjoyment of human rights, and placing such crimes in the permanent agenda of the Human Rights Council. “We also call on the High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish a specialized unit to combat piracy crimes against activists and human rights organizations in the world”, Al Marri said.

Al-Marri said there are many restrictions imposed on activists including violating rights of freedom of movement, and involving detention, unfair trials and harsh sentences, pointing out that the national institutions play a great role in spreading the declaration of human rights defenders and training the law officials; describing the experience of the State of Qatar and the proposal of the National Human Rights Committee to issue a law regulating political asylum.

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Some governments are dealing with the crisis as an unwarranted political conflict of the grave humanitarian consequences of the blockade […]

Some governments are dealing with the crisis as an unwarranted political conflict of the grave humanitarian consequences of the blockade

Feeding hatred and disagreements as a result of the blockade threatens to break down the family fabric of Gulf societies

Washington: October 3, 2018

Dr. Ali bin Samih Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, warned that the international community’s failure to intervene to resolve the Gulf crisis and put an end to the suffering of thousands of families from the unjust blockade imposed on Qatar would affect the security and stability of the region, and would undermine international efforts to ensure security and combat terrorism.

His remarks came during a meeting in Washington with US Senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee at the beginning of the meeting briefed the latest repercussions of the blockade imposed on Qatar for about a year and a half, pointing out that since June 5th, 2017, the situation in the Gulf has changed, and Qatar is facing new challenges because of the effects of the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, along with Egypt.

Al-Marri regretted that “some of the governments are still considering the Gulf crisis as a political dispute between countries only, and does not appreciate the seriousness of the humanitarian consequences of the violations resulting from the blockade, which daily causes weakening the social fabric of the Gulf society, and threatens the stability of social security and peace in the region as a whole. The invasion of the security and social stability of the Gulf states will undermine the international efforts of the United States and the world’s governments to ensure security and stability in the region, as the Middle East is witnessing enough crises and can no longer tolerate new hotbeds of tension and conflicts.

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh praised the repeated statements by US administration officials that the prolongation of the blockade imposed on Qatar has affected the United States’ efforts to combat terrorism, but criticized “the ineffectiveness of the actions taken by the White House administration to put an end to the crisis, And to stop serious violations of human rights. We hear a lot of political statements and positions, but they need resolutions that activate them. The United States, which is betting on the stability of the region, can take firmer decisions than just to force the blockading countries to stop their violations”.

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The US administration is not exerting enough pressure to urge the countries of the blockade to stop their violations Any […]

The US administration is not exerting enough pressure to urge the countries of the blockade to stop their violations

Any initiative that does not solve the humanitarian crisis first will not succeed

The UAE has not yet fully complied with the ICJ’s decision

A report on the harassment and obstacles imposed by the UAE on Qatari citizens shall be published soon

The blockade crisis should be included in the annual report of the US State Department

The report on religious freedoms did not address the issue of politicizing religious rites (Hajj and Umrah)

10 Human Rights Council rapporteurs call on the countries of the blockade to stop their violations

Addressing violations needs to define responsibilities and hold perpetrators accountable

The highest priority for diplomacy is to stop the suffering of civilians

The blockading countries had no higher status than the above international law

There are no signs of a breakthrough in the humanitarian crisis in light of the intransigence of the blockading countries

Monday: 1 October 2018

Dr. Ali Bin Samih Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, called on the US administration to take a firm stand and urge the blockading countries to stop its grave violations against thousands of families in Qatar and the Gulf States, stressing that the United States does not exert enough pressure to put an end to the suffering of the victims of the blockade, although the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights explicitly condemns these violations, in addition to the advisory decision of the International Court of Justice against the United Arab Emirates.

Al Marri also strongly criticized the failure of the US State Department to include violations of the blockade in its annual report, and ignored the violations of the religious freedoms and the politicization of the religious rituals and prevent the Qataris from Hajj and Umrah, stressing at the same time that the United Arab Emirates is still not fully complied with the decision of the International Court of Justice, and that The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) will submit a full report on the complaints of Qatari citizens regarding the continuation of the UAE obstacles.

In his meeting with Mr. Tim Lenderking is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arabian Gulf Affairs in the Near East Bureau at the U.S. Department of State, and Mr. Michael Kozak, Senior bureau official of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor affairs, US Department of State, Al Marri addressed the latest repercussions of the blockade imposed on Qatar for about a year and a half.

Al Marri praised the efforts exerted by the United States to solve the Gulf crisis, while criticizing the US administration’s efforts to find political solutions to the crisis, as the suffering of the victims worsens and the social fabric of the Gulf society is increasingly torn. “We appreciate your efforts to find a political solution to the crisis, but we hope it will focus more and more on the violations of the rights of citizens and residents of Qatar and even the citizens of the blockading countries,” Al Marri said.

Al Marri added: “There is a clear disregard and insistence by the blockading countries to continue their violations, and with time their positions become more intransigent while rejecting all international calls to resolve the crisis, the latest of which is the position of the Saudi foreign minister who was not embarrassed to confirm his country’s readiness to prolong the crisis. We are not worried about the readiness of the countries of the blockade to reach a political solution to the crisis, as we regret the silence of the international community and the American administration in front of these statements that do not care about the suffering of the victims. Who bear the legal and moral responsibility for their arbitrary actions against those affected.”

Addressing violations needs to define responsibilities and hold perpetrators accountable

Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al-Marri called for setting a priority to end the human suffering of the victims of the blockade in any political or diplomatic path, stressing that any initiative that does not solve the humanitarian crisis first will not succeed. In light of the continuing violations and suffering, there are no signs of a breakthrough in the humanitarian crisis. The US administration must be clear in its position towards the violations of the blockade, and we, the National Human Rights Committee, emphasize that the highest priority for diplomatic moves should be to stop the suffering of civilians, Blockade should be above international law. Al Marri added: “The demands go beyond the lifting of the blockade on Qatar; to not involve civilians in any future political conflicts, no matter how severe it is, we cannot allow people to be besieged regardless of disputes and conflicts.”

We call on the US State Department to correct its disregard of the violations of the embargo in its future reports

During his meeting with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arabian Gulf Affairs, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh, chairman of the National Human Rights Committee expressed his concern about the annual report of the American Foreign Ministry, which ignored the reference to the violations of the blockading countries. “We appreciate the keenness of the United States to monitor the human rights situation And issuing a report in this regard, at the same time we regret and express our concern that the annual report of the US State Department on the human rights situation in Qatar has not addressed the repercussions of the unjust blockade since June 2017, or politicization of the religious rites by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

10 special rapporteurs called on the countries of the blockade to stop their violations

On the other hand, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh stressed that 10 special rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Council, together with the Panel on Arbitrary Detention, sent appeals to the countries of the blockade urging them to stop their violations and discriminatory measures against citizens and residents in Qatar.

The UAE has not fully complied with the ICJ’s decision

The chairman of the National Human Rights Committee called for the imposition of greater pressure on the UAE to comply with the decision of the International Court of Justice on the cessation of the discriminatory measures against Qatari citizens. The UAE has not yet fully complied with the ICJ’s decision, and we have received many complaints about the prevention, harassment and obstacles faced by Qatari citizens, and the National Committee will issue a detailed report on these cases soon. The National Human Rights Committee is determined to take all legal and quasi-judicial measures to follow up the UAE’s implementation of the ICJ’s precautionary resolution and call upon the Security Council to address the UAE’s violations and its failure to comply with the ICJ’s decision.

Al-Marri in a meeting with a delegation from Human Rights Watch

We call on coordination between human rights organizations to address human rights violations

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, called on international human rights organizations to coordinate with each other to address violations of human rights, including violations of the blockade. During his meeting with a delegation of Human Rights Watch officials, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri gave a briefing on the latest developments in the blockade crisi imposed on Qatar, the moves taken by the National Committee in international forums and the latest developments following the decision of the International Court of Justice Qatari citizens.
Al Marri stressed that the National Human Rights Committee shall continue its efforts to protect human rights regionally and locally, in light of the continuing violations of human rights worldwide, calling on human rights organizations to coordinate to face the increasing challenges and violations of human rights across the world.

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