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The report on the violation of the right to education comes in a series of reports prepared by the NHRC, […]

The report on the violation of the right to education comes in a series of reports prepared by the NHRC, on violations arising from the blockade imposed on the State of Qatar. The blockade caused a lot of damage, where the three blockading countries (Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain) prevented Qatari students and Qatari residents from continuing their education at their educational institutions, as well as preventing their own students from continuing their education in the State of Qatar. Such violation of the right to education may be summarized as follows:

– The National Human Rights Committee has received enormous complaints amounted to 213 cases of students from the State of Qatar studying in The countries of the blockade, where the authorities of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain forced them to leave their territories. The students found themselves with a prior notice deprived of pursuing their studies after the decision of those countries to sever their relations with Qatar on June 5, 2017. The blockade continues for the fourth month, while these students are still prevented from attending for their final exams, although some of them just had one month to graduate.

– The countries of the blockade forced 706 students studying at Qatar University to return to their countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain) within 14 days from the date of announcing the severing of ties, and prevented them from completing their studies.

– As per the cases reported by the Committee, The countries of the blockade have prevented their universities from cooperating with the expelled Qatari students, and did not respond to any requests of facilitating for students to complete their studies or recover the amounts they paid or even to obtain their academic documents. Such measures caused blatant harm to the future of these students and violated their right to education.

– The violation was not only limited to students , but also to their families who sought the right of their sons and daughters to a quality education, but were shocked by the decisions that caused them materialistic and moral harm.

– Expulsion of students without legal justification and preventing them from residence and completion of the study, this not only violates their right to education but also violates their guaranteed right in freedom of movement and residence, as supported by international laws and conventions that guarantee the right to move freely.

Recommendations to the concerned parties:

To the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain:

1. Lift the blockade imposed on the State of Qatar and take the necessary and appropriate measures to resume the study for all students, whether Qataris or citizens of these three blockading countries.

2. Open ports, land, air and sea crossings to allow all Qatari students and students residing in Qatar to return to complete their studies and not to involve them in any political or economic dispute between countries.

3. Allow students from the three countries to return to complete their studies in Qatar.

4. Facilitate all means to guarantee the right of education for all students from the State of Qatar and from the three blockading countries.

5. Ensure that students from both sides return to their countries without causing any harm to them at the educational, psychological or physical levels.

6. Compensate the affected students and guarantee that they will not be harmed again.

To the Special Rapporteur on the right to education:

1. Submit special reports to the Human Rights Council and to the General Assembly on violations committed against the State of Qatar of the right to education, the right to development, the right to security and safety and the right to freedom of movement and residence.

2. contact other states and parties concerned with respect to cases of violations of the right to education. This right is guaranteed in accordance with the international conventions on the prevention of any discrimination in the right to education.

3. Address the blockading states to necessarily comply and respect the right to education, which means that they must avoid measures that impede or prevent the enjoyment of the right to education.

To the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):

1. Issue an appeal to call on the countries of the blockade to stop violating the right to education by lifting the blockade on the State of Qatar, and expeditiously consider the complaints of students whose right to education was violated, compensate them and lift injustice to which they were subjected.

2. Issue a special report on the complaints of students who have been deprived of their right to education due to the blockade imposed on the State of Qatar, explaining the violations they have suffered and enabling students to join their universities and complete their studies.

To the United Nations, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and UNICEF:
1. Prepare reports and data documenting cases of violations of the right of education for Qataris students, residents of Qatar and students of the three blockading countries, because this violation will in turn lead to damage to their scientific, educational, moral and career future.

To the international accreditation committees of universities:

1. Address the universities in the three blockading countries to refrain from their decisions that prevent Qatari students from continuing their education in their universities, and find suitable solutions for these students to complete their university studies.
2. Urge international Universities in the blockading states not politicize people’s education because of the blockade imposed on the state of Qatar, and to respect the international code of ethics for universities.

To the international community:

1. Victims of violations of the right to education should have access to effective judicial remedies or other remedies at both national and international levels.

2. Human rights committees, or similar institutions at the national level, should address the countries of the blockade’ violations of the right to education in the State of Qatar.

3. Advocate and launch campaigns for the full realization of the right to education, and to hold accountable the responsible countries .

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The National Human Rights committee (NHRC) has issued two comprehensive reports on the violations arisen from the decisions issued at […]

The National Human Rights committee (NHRC) has issued two comprehensive reports on the violations arisen from the decisions issued at on June 5th, 2017 by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the kingdom of Bahrain. Such decisions were directed to Shut down the only land border crossing, air and sea ports as for the aviation, civil navigation and all forms of trade movement and transportation, including the individual transportation. Moreover, the said States has also ordered, under threat and intimidation, all its citizens residing in the State of Qatar to depart, preventing them to travel to Qatar, and finally expelled all Qatari citizens residing in its territory.

In the report issued by the NHRC on the violations relating to the pilgrimage, the NHRC focus specifically on the obstacles that Saudi Arabia places in the way of citizens and residents of the State of Qatar preventing them of exercising their right to practice the religious rituals of Umrah and Hajj. This report aims to inform the governments of the world and regional and international human rights organizations about the moral and economic repercussions and its negative reflection on the Qatari society.

Those decisions were taken in the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, which includes an intensive turnout of the Qatari community towards the holy places in the cities of Mecca and Medina, to perform the Umrah ritual. However, these decisions did not only exclude those who wish to visit the holy sites, but also it has expelled Qatari expatriates in a racial and humiliating manner. Although the date of the obligation of Hajj was getting closer, such procedures had not been changed, knowing that Hajj is the fifth pillar of the Islamic Sharia, that obviously confirms the intention of the Government of Saudi Arabia to breach the rights of Muslims residing in the State of Qatar who desire to exercise Hajj.

The National Human Rights Committee has contacted the Qatari Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic affairs, which provided the number of citizens and residents of Qatar who applied for Hajj in 2017 as approximately 21,255 individuals; about 2,400 pilgrims of them obtained approvals. (This number does not include the official Qatari missions or coordinators).

Dr. Ali Al Marri stated “We defend the right of Qatari citizens and expatriates to visit the religious places ; of course this is not a method of politicization, but it is a defence for a human right, But whoever places material, human and moral obstacles is the person that exploits and politicizes the Holy Places”.

The report included many recommendations to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including lifting of all measures and restrictions on citizens and residents of Qatar, Not using the religious places as a political leverage, Compensation all individuals, companies, offices and institutions engaged in annual Hajj-related businesses whose economic interests have been severely affected whether inside Qatar or in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Cooperating and coordination with the Ministry of Awqaf and the competent Qatari authorities towards a complete lifting of the obstacles set forth in the present report, and Countering defamation campaigns and incitement to violence, hatred and racial discrimination by official or semi-official newspapers and media, opinion writers known to be close to the Saudi government, including incitement on social media, and holding those responsible for such incitement accountable.

In addition to other recommendations to the International Community, including taking urgent action to support the right of individuals to perform Hajj and Umrah (Islamic pilgrim), exerting pressure to allow them entry to sacred lands, guaranteeing their security and safety and striving towards the complete lifting of the blockade; as well as recommendations to the United Nations (UN) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), including manipulating the religious sentiments of a large number of Muslims and banning them from performing Hajj will, undoubtedly, generate feelings of hostility against those who prevented them. An urgent report or statement clarifying the position of the NHRC in this regard must be issued.

Other recommendations were included in the report to the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief including Communicating with the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regarding this issue and urgently requesting it to prepare a detailed report on the moral and physical suffering by pilgrims and companies and submit it to the Human Rights Council in order to take the necessary steps. And finally recommendations to the Parliaments of Islamic States including cutting the issue of “politicization of Hajj” on its agenda for consideration and evaluation, taking an explicit position from the obstacles imposed on Qatari pilgrims that are mentioned in this report, holding the Saudi government accountable and taking steps to prevent the recurrence of similar in case any Islamic government has a political dispute with the Saudi government.

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(Text of the Statement) On August 17th, 2017, the media in Saudi Arabia reported that the Saudi authorities allow pilgrims […]

(Text of the Statement)

On August 17th, 2017, the media in Saudi Arabia reported that the Saudi authorities allow pilgrims of the State of Qatar to enter Saudi Arabia through Salwa border crossing without electronic permits, and to travel directly from Doha via airlines excluding Qatar Airways.

Qatar National Human Rights Committee expresses its satisfaction at the decision of the Saudi authorities – according to the media – as a step towards removing obstacles and difficulties faced by the pilgrims and facilitating Hajj procedures this year.

Since the beginning of the siege, Qatar National Human Rights Committee has called for facilitating Hajj procedures for citizens and residents of the State of Qatar without restrictions, and also called for regional and international moves to lift the injustice and not to politicize the Hajj or use it as a leverage against peoples or governments.

Qatar National Human Rights Committee stresses that the issue of Hajj cannot be subject to any political or personal mediations or scores, however it should only be considered as an inherent right stipulated in all international human rights agreements and conventions and Islamic Sharia.

Qatar National Human Rights Committee considers that the decision of the Saudi authorities is still unclear, especially with regard to pilgrims living in the State of Qatar, accordingly Qatar National Human Rights Committee calls for facilitating procedures for the pilgrims without discrimination, and looks forward to further measures to completely lift the siege on citizens and residents of the State of Qatar and GCC nationals.

25 Dhu Al-Qadah 1438
17 August 2017
Doha, Qatar

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(Text of the Statement) At a time when Qatar National Human Rights Committee looks forward to lifting the injustice and […]

(Text of the Statement)

At a time when Qatar National Human Rights Committee looks forward to lifting the injustice and calls for redress of the victims affected by the blockade and its humanitarian repercussions on the citizens and residents of the GCC countries, the Committee was shocked to know about the complaint submitted by the besieging countries (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt) against the Committee to the High Commissioner for Human Rights through its permanent representatives to the United Nations in Geneva.

The complaint included demands to withdraw “A” Status (the highest status accredited to NHRIs by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions) from Qatar National Human Rights Committee, which entails the highest level of institutional credibility and independence from the Government in accordance with the standards established by the United Nations (the Paris Principles), in a desperate attempt to obstruct and hinder the work of the committee and the performance of its human rights protection functions.

This complaint has been preceded by systematic distortion campaigns against Qatar National Human Rights Committee launched by some parties and media, as well as accusations and threats made by some high level officials in these countries, in a critical precedent that has never been witnessed in the work of national human rights institutions around the world.

Qatar National Human Rights Committee is the first of its kind to be established in the GCC region and the only institution accredited “A” status in the Gulf region since 2010. Qatar National Human Rights Committee shall continue to work professionally in accordance with international law and the Paris Principles and shall always remain biased towards victims and human rights issues.

It would be more practical for the besieging countries to act and make efforts to address the violations promptly by lifting the injustice and responding to the demands of the Qatar National Human rights Committee, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Special Rapporteurs and international human rights organizations, instead of obscuring violations, targeting human rights defenders, human rights organizations and national institutions, and obstructing their work. It would rather be appropriate for these countries to open the way for their human rights organizations to work together to resolve and address the violations, than wasting time in submitting statements and complaints that don’t have any legal effect on the efforts of Qatar National Human Rights Committee. This complaint is explicit condemnation of the practices of the besieging countries and a compelling proof of restricting the activities of human rights defenders.

Qatar National Human Rights Committee emphasizes that this step shall only strengthen its determination to support victims and make their voices heard in all international human rights forums, and work with its partners including international organizations and national institutions around the world to redress, compensate and restore their rights.

Qatar National Human Rights Committee calls upon the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions and international organizations to act to counter the vicious and systematic campaigns against human rights activists and organizations .

21 Dhul-Qa’da 1438, 13 August 2017
Doha, Qatar

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(Text of the Statement) At a time when international human rights organizations, journalists’ unions around the major international media have […]

(Text of the Statement)

At a time when international human rights organizations, journalists’ unions around the major international media have gathered to condemn the demands of the blockading countries to close Al-Jazeera and its arbitrary measures to close its offices, and called on those organizations to respect the freedom of expression and the right to access information and protect journalists; while the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression condemned the attacks by the blockading States on those freedoms in a flagrant violation of human rights,

And Following the Doha International Conference on “Freedom of Expression: Facing up to the threats” held from 24 to 25 July 2017, including the widespread condemnations of violations of freedom of opinion and expression in general and condemnation of the demands of the countries of the blockade that violate these freedoms and rights, as well as the solidarity with Al-Jazeera, carried out by the representatives of (200) international organizations of the participants in the conference,

On 6 August 2017, the Israeli occupation authorities closed the office of Al-Jazeera TV in Jerusalem and withdrew the accreditation of its journalists, in a flagrant violation of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the right to information access.

The Human Rights Committee in Qatar condemns these attacks and the blatant defiance of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. The Israeli decision to close the office of Al-Jazeera TV is a critical precedent in the bias of the Israeli occupation towards the decisions of the countries of the blockade and the related violations of the rights to Opinion, expression and the right to access information.

The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar denounces these provocative actions by the Israeli authorities and the serious violations of freedom of opinion and expression by the Foreign Ministers of the countries of the blockade at the recent Manama meeting; and calls on international organizations and journalists’ unions to stand up to this vicious and systematic campaign targeting free media And its journalists not only on Al Jazeera but on all the free, professional and independent media in the world.

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(Text of the Statement) Imposing the siege, severing the diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar and the adoption of […]

(Text of the Statement)

Imposing the siege, severing the diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar and the adoption of a number of arbitrary measures and decisions violate all human rights norms and principles and led to gross and flagrant violations of a range of civil, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to private property.

This unjust blockade has affected the rights of Qatari investors and residents of Qatar who own private property in the United Arab Emirates, depriving them of exercising this right as stipulated in the international human rights instruments.

Qatar National Human Rights Committee has monitored several violations committed by several entities in the UAE against these investors.

Accordingly, the NHRC calls on the competent authorities in the United Arab Emirates not to correlate investors’ rights with the political disputes or use them as a political leverage which is considered a flagrant violation of international human rights conventions.
However, if the violations of the rights of investors to their private properties continue, NHRC notes that it shall raise its concerns to the UN international human rights mechanisms.

26 Shawwal 1438
20 July 2017
Doha, Qatar

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Imposing the siege, severing the diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar and the adoption of a number of arbitrary […]

Imposing the siege, severing the diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar and the adoption of a number of arbitrary measures and decisions violate all human rights norms and principles and led to gross and flagrant violations of a range of civil, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to private property.

This unjust blockade has affected the rights of Qatari investors and residents of Qatar who own private property in the United Arab Emirates, depriving them of exercising this right as stipulated in the international human rights instruments.

Qatar National Human Rights Committee has monitored several violations committed by several entities in the UAE against these investors.

Accordingly, the NHRC calls on the competent authorities in the United Arab Emirates not to correlate investors’ rights with the political disputes or use them as a political leverage which is considered a flagrant violation of international human rights conventions.
However, if the violations of the rights of investors to their private properties continue, NHRC notes that it shall raise its concerns to the UN international human rights mechanisms.

 

26 Shawwal 1438
20 July 2017
Doha, Qatar

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(Text of the Statement) The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar welcomes the establishment of the Compensation […]

(Text of the Statement)

The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar welcomes the establishment of the Compensation Claims Committee that aims to receive complaints and seek compensation for damages and losses resulting from the siege. NHRC considers it an important step in redressing victims and achieving the reparation for the violations as provided for in international and regional human rights conventions.

NHRC shall forward all complaints received from the victims to the Compensation Committee.
Accordingly, NHRC calls upon the citizens and residents who have sought its assistance since the beginning of the siege on Qatar to follow up with the Compensation Committee located at DDCC “Doha Exhibition and Convention Center” in Dafna.

NHRC emphasizes that it shall continue its work, condemn and call on lifting the siege, address and raise the resulting violations to the international contractual and non-contractual mechanisms in the United Nations, the competent international agencies and other international organizations.

Doha
16 Shawwal 1438
10 July 2017

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The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) of the State of Qatar has released a report documenting the violations against the […]

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) of the State of Qatar has released a report documenting the violations against the citizens of the four Gulf states following the decision by three Gulf states (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Bahrain) to cut ties with Qatar, and impose a land blockade with shutting down the air and sea routes. Additionally, these three states notified their citizens that they have to leave the State of Qatar within 14 days, and banned Qatari citizens from entering their lands.
The report notes that 13,314 at least were directly affected by that decision. The violations included family separations, violations to the right to travel, education, work, freedom of opinion, residency and ownership.

The report noted that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Kingdom of Bahrain have taken severe, escalated, shocking steps on 5 June, 2017, that involved the shutdown of sea, land, and air routes in the face of trades, but also in the face of the Gulf Citizen in a series of actions never witnessed before by the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), disregarding all human rights and humanitarian standards and principles and their legal repercussions.

According to the report, hundreds of complaints have been submitted to the NHRC via e-mail, phone, or personal visits to the NHRC headquarters in Doha, Qatar’s capital. According to data collected by NHRC, approximately 11,387 citizens from the three blockading states live in Qatar, and approximately 1927 Qatari citizens live in those states. All of those people have been affected in different areas and sectors to varying degrees. In some cases, the actions of the blockading states separated a mother from her children.
The report stresses that NHRC appreciates and esteems the step taken by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and UAE to take into consideration the situation of mixed families (Saudi-Qatari, Bahraini-Qatari, and Emirati-Qatari families), adding that this a step in the right direction. The report, however, calls on the three states to clarify the implementation mechanisms, and emphasizes that it has to include all human rights and legal areas

Dr. Ali Al Marri, chairman of NHRC, stated that “”The suffering of the GCC people has become notable through the reports published by the NHRC, international reports and statements and stories published in the mainstream media and social media. After all, we hope that the besieging countries take into account the rights and interests of the GCC peoples”.
NHRC team recorded roughly 2451 complaints of various types of violations against citizens of the four Gulf states, where the work methodology draws upon visits by the victims to the NHRC headquarters and the special forms that NHRC prepared and were filled in by the victims with detailed information, in addition to attaching copies of victims’ IDs, while some victims attached university and school reports, work contracts, or other documents that are available in the NHRC archive.

The report notes that some individuals were subjected to more than one type of violation. The report highlights at least two cases for each violation type. Also, the report includes a table with classifications of the violations by type and the responsible country:

Violation
total residence work Practicing

Religion

health Movement Family reunification property education Responsible country
1560  50 64 121 14 557 261 464 29 Saudi Arabia
507  1 7 1 196 52 165 85 UAE
375  22 30 10 99 167 22 25 Bahrain
9  9 Miscellaneous
2451  71 101 121 25 861 480 651 139 Total

 

What the NHRC was able to report and document is still the bare minimum, considering that many of those whose rights were violated don’t know of the existence of any mechanisms for complaint submission. In addition, many complainants were afraid to reveal their identities due to the measures and actions that could be taken against them by their countries’ local authorities if they contacted or submitted a compliant. Finally, there are violations against minors (under 18 years), and since they do not have identity documents, statistics do not include a large number of them.

The report notes that the Qatari government didn’t take any action against the citizens of the three states, and we didn’t receive any complaint of that nature.
The report notes that the decisions of the governments of KSA, UAE, and Bahrain Kingdom have violated a number of international human rights laws and principles, as well as several fundamental human rights, which are treated as international norms due to its wide scope of application on the international level, including articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Most notably: 5,9,12,13,19,23, and 26), Articles in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (most notably Part III of Article 6, and Articles 10 and 13), articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Part II of Article 2), in addition to Articles in the Arab Charter on Human Rights (Articles 3,8,26,32, and 33), the GCC Declarations of Human Rights (Articles 6, 9, 14, 24, and 27), and the Economic Agreement between the GCC States. Therefore, those states are responsible for protecting and preserving the rights and interests of the individuals living on their lands.

The report calls on the international community to take urgent action to lift the siege, and make every possible effort to mitigate its repercussions on the people of the State of Qatar and citizens of the three countries. It also calls on the United Nations and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to take speedy steps to bind the besieging states to countermand their decisions.

Additionally, the report calls on the OHCHR to prepare reports and statements documenting the various types of violations that affected great numbers of people, especially the families that were separated, including the resulting consequences on women and children; and calls on these states to respect the basic freedoms of the people living on their lands.
The report calls on the Human Rights Council to take every possible action in order to end the blockade and its ramifications, and calls for the compensation of all people who were affected.

Moreover, the report calls on Human Rights Council Special Rapporteurs to document forms on the various types of violations that occurred, and contact the concerned governments in that regard as soon as possible. The report asserts that NHRC is ready to share all the relevant data on violations and complaints.

In addition, the report calls on that Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Council’s Conflict Resolution Commission, to move as quickly as possible and do everything in its power to convince the governments of the besieging countries to settle the social, civil, and cultural situation for the families and citizens.
The report calls on KSA, UAE, and Kingdom of Bahrain to respect the uniqueness of the Gulf societies, and to refrain from making any decisions that sever the ties between families and societies, and to countermand these decisions as soon as possible.

Also, the report calls on those states to respect the basic human rights to movement, private property, work, residence, and freedom of expression and opinion in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the Arab Charter on Human Rights.

Also, the report stressed that the political developments should not affect the humanitarian and social situations. Finally, the report calls on the Qatari government to take all possible steps at the international level, at the level of the Security Council and the international courts, to lift the siege on the people of Qatar, to defend their rights in the face of violations against them, and to hold accountable those who are responsible for all the violations.

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The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar has dismissed the recent directives issued by the Kingdom of […]

The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar has dismissed the recent directives issued by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain regarding the humanitarian situation of mixed-citizenship families. It views their actions as little more than a face-saving measure.

The NHRC says the directives remain too vague to have any practical impact and are void of a mechanism to be of assistance to those affected. It adds that while the directives make reference to considering the humanitarian situation, they provide no solution to the serious legal and human rights issues that have resulted from the arbitrary measures imposed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on the State of Qatar, which are in violation of all humanitarian norms, charters and principles, and constitute international human rights crimes. The Committee considers the recent directives as a public relations exercise in damage control, following huge international outcry over the blockade and its impact.

The NHRC adds that the the siege of Qatar is not only a gross violation of the rights of Gulf citizens (both Qatari and non-Qatari), but also the rights of expat residents in the State of Qatar.

The blockade of Qatar has trampled over a wide range of civil, economic social and cultural rights. The right to movement and residence, the right to private property, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to religious freedom, the right to work, the right to education, and the right to health have all been seriously damaged.

Families have been split apart, livelihoods are being lost, and the academic prospects of students are being destroyed.

The Committee also notes a serious attack on press freedoms and freedoms of opinion and expression in the states enforcing the blockade, where any expression of sympathy towards Qatar has been criminalised. Those who object to the arbitrary and illegal measures taken by their governments face huge financial penalties and lengthy prison sentences.

The NHRC has been documenting and reporting on the tragic humanitarian cases resulting from the blockade, and the traumatic psychological effect it is having on citizens and residents in the Gulf as a whole.

The Committee insists it will continue to perform according to its mandate of protecting, promoting and consolidating the rights and freedoms of those affected in the GCC, and will continue to document and report on all human rights violations, and raise complaints to international bodies and organisations.

Finally, the NHRC reminds the three States enforcing the blockade that they must shoulder full responsibility for the resulting damage to lives and property in accordance to international norms and principles and their obligations under international human rights treaties. They must take immediate measures to stop all human rights violations, lift the siege imposed on the State of Qatar, and alleviate the suffering of the Gulf people

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