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Qatar National Human Rights Committee has noted with great concern the escalation of the discourse of hatred and incitement to […]

Qatar National Human Rights Committee has noted with great concern the escalation of the discourse of hatred and incitement to violence against the State of Qatar and citizens and residents of Qatar by some media outlets, including social media sites in the countries of the blockade.
The National Human Rights Committee has monitored hundreds of incidents of hate speech and incitement to violence, some of which have resulted in incitement to target the State of Qatar with terrorist and subversive operations, incitement to attack the State of Qatar and its media, and incitement to violence in dramas and music videos, to intimidate citizens and residents of the State of Qatar in a precedent that is almost the first of its kind in the Arab region.

(The Statement)

The Committee also monitored a speech of racial discrimination aimed at the disdain of Qatari citizens, which escalated violently due to the involvement of some public figures, and some of the well-known media personalities in the countries of the blockade.
The Committee deeply regrets this misguided conduct and irresponsible behavior contravening the principles and charters of human rights, in particular the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and notes that all the present incitement to hatred and violence will undoubtedly generate extreme reactions that may lead to criminal and subversive acts against the State of Qatar and citizens and residents of Qatar, which in turn threatens peace, security and stability in the entire region, particularly the Gulf region.
The National Human Rights Committee holds all those who participate in these violations full legal and moral responsibility for any racist acts or acts of violence that might be committed against the State of Qatar and citizens or residents of Qatar.
The National Human Rights Committee calls upon the competent authorities in Qatar to take the necessary legal measures, including resorting to justice and prosecuting those responsible for the discourse of hatred and incitement to violence, and also calls on the international community, international and regional human rights organizations, and United Nations human rights mechanisms, in particular the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance to act to stop these persistent violations of human rights that threaten peace, security and stability in the Arab region.

11 Rabi Al-Awwal 1439, 29 Nov 2017

Doha, Qatar

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Amnesty conducted direct interviews with Hajj and Umrah campaign officials. (Politicization of religious rites and the continued promotion of hate […]

Amnesty conducted direct interviews with Hajj and Umrah campaign officials.

(Politicization of religious rites and the continued promotion of hate speech and the tragedies of mixed families).

Doha: 28 November 2017

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) received today a delegation of Amnesty International, on their second visit since the beginning of the blockade to learn about the latest developments in the humanitarian situation resulting from the blockade on Qatar. The delegation is scheduled to meet with some of those affected in various humanitarian aspects including violations of the right to family reunification, the right to practice religious rites, education, health, movement, residence and work. During this visit, the delegation will meet with a number of Hajj and Umrah campaign officials to investigate the obstacles placed by the Saudi authorities in the face of the pilgrims of the State of Qatar and the difficulties resulting of the politicization of religious rites.
the officials of the National Human Rights Committee during the meeting with the delegation noted that the countries of the blockade continue to violate the rights of citizens and residents of Qatar and citizens of the GCC countries, Pointing out that there is a growing hate speech promoted by senior officials of various authorities in the countries of the blockade. Moreover, there are statements that spread terrorist contents threatening the stability and security of citizens and residents of Qatar, including the latest threat by some officials to bomb Al Jazeera channel.
The committee called for the urgent and practical action at the international level to put an end to these violations, which directly affected the lives of people in the Gulf region. The delegation was also provided with the latest statistics on violations of human rights due to the blockade and its developments, pointing out that these statistics are increasing continuously, which confirms that the blockade imposed on the State of Qatar directly targeted the peoples and violated their rights guaranteed by international human rights conventions.
Finally, The meeting discussed ways of cooperating in the promotion of human rights.

 

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Qatar National Human Rights Committee expresses its deep concern at the persistence of putting obstacles by the Saudi authorities to […]

Qatar National Human Rights Committee expresses its deep concern at the persistence of putting obstacles by the Saudi authorities to restrict the right of residents and citizens of Qatar to perform religious rituals.

NHRC noted in the statement that the difficulties reported by The Hajj and Umrah campaigners in Qatar and facing pilgrims of Qatar, as well as the prohibition of remittance transactions by the authorities in Saudi Arabia between the Qatari campaigns and the Saudi Umrah agents who are authorized to grant Umrah permits, emphasize the continuation of politicizing the religious rituals by the Saudi authorities.

(The Statement)

In view of the continued land, sea and air blockade imposed on the state of Qatar and with reference to the arbitrary measures taken by the Saudi authorities restricting the right to freedom of belief and freedom to practice religious rites, including the prevention of the pilgrims of Qatar from entering Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah during the last month of Ramadan, and expelling residents and citizens of Qatar who were already there at that time, and with regard to the obstacles placed by the Saudi authorities restricting the right to perform Hajj “Fifth Pillar of Islam” of citizens and residents of Qatar.

Qatar National Human Rights Committee expresses its deep concern at the persistence in putting obstacles by the Saudi authorities to restrict the right to perform religious rituals by residents and citizens of Qatar, including the difficulties facing pilgrims of Qatar, reported by campaigners of Hajj and Umrah in Qatar, as well as the prohibition of remittance transactions by the Saudi authorities between the Qatari campaigns and the Saudi Umrah agents authorized to grant Umrah permits, which emphasizes the continuation of politicizing the religious rituals by the Saudi authorities, in violation of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 30 of the Arab Charter on Human Rights, Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 6 of the Gulf Cooperation Council Human Rights Declaration.

Accordingly, the National Human Rights Committee reiterates its call on the competent authorities in Saudi Arabia not to use religious rites as a political leverage in flagrant violation of international human rights conventions, and calls upon the international community, human rights organizations and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief to promptly move to stop these persistent violations of the right to freedom of belief and freedom to practice religious rites to serve political interests.

The National Human Rights Committee also notes that it will raise the latest developments on this issue to all parliaments and international and regional human rights organizations and that it will resort to the Human Rights Enforcement Mechanisms of the United Nations to ensure the enjoyment of the right to freedom of religious practice as a fundamental human right.

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Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al-Marri, president of Qatar National Human Rights Committee, met with the delegation of the technical mission […]

Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al-Marri, president of Qatar National Human Rights Committee, met with the delegation of the technical mission of the High Commissioner for Human Rights which arrived in the state to gather information on the repercussions of the blockade imposed on citizens and residents of Qatar and citizens of the GCC countries. The meeting was its first meeting in a series of meetings with governmental and non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations, as well as some of the victims affected by the blockade on Qatar.
During the meeting, the mission briefed Dr. Al Marri on the nature of their mission, which will be concluded by a report to be submitted to the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Dr. Al-Marri briefed the delegation of the mission on the most important effects of by the blockade on the citizens of Qatar, residents and citizens of the GCC countries, in addition to the latest violations and developments in the humanitarian situation monitored by the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar.

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British parliamentarians call on their prime minister to take urgent steps to stop the violations caused by the blockade imposed […]

British parliamentarians call on their prime minister to take urgent steps to stop the violations caused by the blockade imposed on Qatar.

Senior officials in the Kingdom of Bahrain show off Qatar’s blockade.

Amnesty International’s second visit to Doha by the end of this month.

Lynch: Gulf crisis affected all basic rights and freedoms.

Carmichael: The State of Qatar is an important partner of the British government.

British parliamentarians have informed the president of the National Human Rights Committee, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, that they have addressed the British prime minister to the necessity of taking urgent steps to stop the humanitarian violations resulting from the blockade on Qatar. After the intensive meeting conducted by Dr. Ali bin Smaikh with a number of British parliamentarians during his European tour last October, during which he handed over reports of human rights violations monitored by the National Committee for Human Rights in Qatar since the beginning of the crisis. Dr. Al-Marri revealed that the second visit of Amnesty International’s mission to Doha is at the end of this month to find out the latest developments in the human rights situation after six months of the blockade and monitor its repercussions.
Dr. Al-Marri expressed his thanks for the response of British parliamentarians and their rapid engagement with their government, and called for accountability to stop the increasing violations of the growing number of citizens and residents of the Gulf region. This came during a joint hearing session organized by the British Parliament to the National Committee for Human Rights in Qatar, represented by its president, Dr. Ali bin Samikh and Amnesty International represented by Mr. James Lynch. The meeting discussed the repercussions of the blockade on Qatar and the measures to be taken to alleviate the suffering of those affected. Dr. Al Marri in the hearing put a recommendation and demand the neutralization of civilians from political differences and conflicts. Al-Marri said: “You can ask the countries of the blockade why they are involving civilians in their dispute with the State of Qatar. They should be urged not to use peoples as human shields to achieve political goals”.
Al Marri said I have come here to convey the message of the victims after six months of blockade, they call on that the international community to put an end to their suffering. Al-Marri discussed the losses incurred by Qatari owners and investors whose rights are violated to dispose their properties in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The president of the National Human Rights Committee explained that Saudi Arabia still uses the right to practice religious rites as a political pressure tool. He said: We have received many complaints in recent days because of obstacles placed by the Saudi authorities to pilgrims from the State of Qatar. He added: Also confirmed several campaigns to promote the pilgrims and Umrah that the Saudi authorities have opened the electronic registration for the performance of Umrah for all Islamic countries except Qatar. Al-Marri noted that the National Human Rights Commission will send new reports to all parliaments and governments on this grave violation. It will also call for urgent action by all international mechanisms to prevent further obstacles to the religious practices of Qataris and residents of Qatar. He said: We will also organize hearings for a number of victims of the politicization of religious rites in some parliaments.
Dr. Ali bin Smaikh invited the members of the Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Committees of the British Parliament to visit Doha for the second time and to find out the latest repercussions of the blockade on human rights; members assured their willingness to visit Doha for the second time and to find out the latest repercussions of the siege on human rights as soon as possible.
Amnesty International representative, James Lynch said: “what has been taken in this crisis is arbitrary restrictions on movement and the most affected category are families, stressing the impact of the decisions of the countries of the blockade on individuals and civilians who are considered the main victims. “We visited the State of Qatar at the beginning of the crisis and after meeting with some of those affected, we stand on the extent to which these decisions affect all basic rights and freedoms,” Lynch said. In the same context, a number of members of parliament during their interventions stated that the categories affected are not limited to Qatari citizens and residents, but also include a large proportion of citizens of the countries of the blockade.
MP Alistair Carmichael, stated that It is necessary to discuss the humanitarian implications of the dispute not only from the political point of view, but also from the international human rights aspects.

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The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar welcomes the thrust of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad […]

The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar welcomes the thrust of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, on the occasion of the opening of the 46th session of the Advisory (Shura) Council, and HH’s emphasis on continuing efforts to achieve Qatar’s National Vision 2030; the continuation of the State in its reform steps, and its economic and human development process, in spite of all the challenges and difficulties; and the emphasis on consolidating the pillars of the State of institutions, the rule of law and human rights.
The Committee commends what has been referred to in the speech of clear indications of violations of human rights caused by the unjust and inhuman blockade imposed on the State of Qatar.

(The Statement)

The National Human Rights Committee appreciates the reform steps outlined by His Highness in the historic speech, namely to support the status of Qatari women socially and politically, and the preparation for the Shura Council elections, including the necessary legislative instruments, to ensure that elections are conducted in a fair manner.
The Committee also appreciates HH’s emphasis on the importance of achieving justice and the keenness to update the judicial system and enhance its human, administrative and organizational capabilities, so as to ensure the independence of the judiciary, and not prolong litigation and to achieve unrestricted justice.
The National Committee stresses that these reform steps are consistent with the recommendations included in the committee’s annual reports and represent a strong response and support to the performance of its functions in the promotion and protection of human rights in the State of Qatar.
The National Human Rights Committee hopes that the competent authorities will expedite the implementation of the directives of His Highness the Emir of the State of Qatar, especially the promulgation of the law governing the election of the Shura Council.
The Committee also urges the state institutions to continue to adopt the reform approach, thus contributing to the full and complete protection and promotion of human rights in the State of Qatar.

 

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The National Human Rights Committee celebrated the Cultural Day as a celebration of the 15th Qatari Human Rights Day, which […]

The National Human Rights Committee celebrated the Cultural Day as a celebration of the 15th Qatari Human Rights Day, which witnessed a great number of citizens and residents.
Mr. Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, Head of the Public Relations and Media Unit, said in a press statement: “The National Human Rights Committee has dedicated recreational activities for children of an educational nature in terms of human rights principles. He noted that many institutions and centers in Qatar participated in the celebration, including Al-Shafallah Center and Nama Center, as well as the United Nations Training and Documentation Center, the Qatar Charity Association, the Traffic Department, the Ministry of Health, the Blood Donation Unit, the Qatar Voluntary Center, the Friends of Mental Health Association, Noor Institute for the Blind and Education above all Foundation. Al-Mahmoud said: These meetings confirmed the interdependence of state institutions and common denominators, pointing out that all the parties participating in the celebration are characterized by their goals and mission of important humanitarian issues summarizing the vision of the National Human Rights Committee in the dissemination and establishment of a culture of human rights in society.
In the last few years, the National Human Rights Commission has emphasized that the celebration should be held in open spaces so that participation is available to all groups of society, which is due to the positive interaction of the celebration. The National Human Rights Committee had set up a booth to distribute gifts and pamphlets identifying the most important principles of human rights as part of its mission for which it had been established.
Al-Mahmoud explained that the celebration of the Qatari Day for Human Rights aims to remind of the most important achievements of the Committee during its humanitarian path. It also aims to communicate directly with the community to inform the Committee’s mission and vision. The Head of the Public Relations and Media Unit thanked all the parties who participated in the annual celebration and said: “We hope that the cooperation between us and those participating in all the events organized by the National Human Rights Commission will continue in general and in particular the activities related to the public.

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(The Statement) The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar welcomes the decision of the ILO Governing Council […]

(The Statement)

The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar welcomes the decision of the ILO Governing Council to drop the complaint filed against the State of Qatar.

The National Human Rights Committee stresses that the positive steps taken by the State of Qatar and the measures taken to protect and promote the rights of workers have greatly contributed to set things right.

In this context, the National Committee appreciates all the efforts made by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs and its fruitful and constructive cooperation with the ILO.

The Committee also urges the continuation of technical cooperation with the International Labor Organization and to foster and enhance this cooperation in the future to implement all international principles and standards related to the right to work and the rights of workers “in particular”, thus contributing to the full and complete protection and promotion of these rights in the State of Qatar.

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The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) celebrated the Qatari Human Rights Day in the Cultural Village (Katara) with the participation […]

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) celebrated the Qatari Human Rights Day in the Cultural Village (Katara) with the participation of many Qatari institutions.
In a press statement, Ms. Maryam Al-Attiyah, Secretary-General of the Committee said, “We celebrate the Qatari Human Rights Day, which coincides with the date of the establishment of the Committee on November 11, 2002,”. Al-Attiyah noted that the decision to establish the Committee achieved a qualitative leap in the promotion and protection of human rights in Qatar, pointing out that although the culture of human rights was inherent in the Qatari people’s creed, traditions and customs, the establishment of the Committee was a catalyst for further protection and promotion of this important aspect. Al Attiyah added that the Committee celebrates the Qatari Day to remind of all the achievements of the State in this regard and to encourage society and institutions to do more to promote the human rights culture, which has become a real measure of the extent of civilization of countries and societies.
Al Attiyah also pointed out that the celebration of the Qatari Human Rights Day is exceptional this year, especially in light of the efforts exerted by the Committee to uncover the human rights violations resulting from the blockade imposed on the State of Qatar, and the great success achieved in this regard, along with the return and the great international gains and unlimited response to the issue of those affected by the blockade.
Al-Atiyyah said that this year’s celebration is marked by many useful activities in which we gave a special attention to the educational aspect. The celebration started at four o’clock with competitions that take a large part of it. The institutions participating in the ceremony also presented several activities related to the promotion of human rights culture.
Mr. Abdullah Al Kaabi, Director of Legal Affairs at the Committee, said that the celebration of the Qatari Day represents an annual stand with what has been achieved and with the efforts exerted by the Committee during this year to achieve its vision and mission in the community. He added that the celebration is an occasion to measure the progress of the Committee regionally and internationally.
Mr. Al Kaabi added, “Since its establishment, the National Human Rights Committee has made significant contributions in the field of human rights and has become very prominent in the Arab region. It has also forged partnerships with international organizations and organized several conferences that discussed the most important issues in the region and the role that national human rights institutions could play at time of crisis to reduce any humanitarian violations of peoples.” He explained that such international and regional moves have credited the National Human Rights Committee with the trust of the international community, to the extent that most international organizations, especially the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), depend on the reports of the Committee to know everything related to human rights issues in the region.
Mr. Abdullah Al Mahmoud, Head of Public Relations Unit, said: “The National Human Rights Committee has dedicated recreational activities for children with an educational nature on the principles of human rights.” He pointed out that many institutions and centers in Qatar participated in the celebration, such as: Qatar Social work, represented by Aman Center, Wefaq Center, Dreama Center, Best Buddies Center, Ehsan Center, Al-Shafallah Center and Nama Center, as well as the participation of: United Nations Training and Documentation Center, Qatar Charity Association, Traffic Department, Jeem Channel, Ministry of Health through the Blood Donation Unit, Qatar Voluntary Center, Mental Health Friends Association (WEYAK), the Productive Families Development Department, Noor Institute for the Blind, and Education Above-all Foundation). The participation of these institutions enriched the celebration. Mr. Al Mahmoud added, “This wide participation confirmed the interdependence of state institutions and the commonalities that combine them.” He pointed out that all the participants in the celebration are characterized by their mission of important humanitarian issues summarizing the vision of the National Human Rights Committee in the promotion and establishment of a culture of human rights in society. He noted that, in recent years, the National Human Rights Committee had been keen to have the celebration in the open, so that participation would be accessible to all categories of society and would result in more positive interaction with its activities.

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Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, president of Qatar National Human Rights Committee, said that despite the international mobilization against the […]

Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, president of Qatar National Human Rights Committee, said that despite the international mobilization against the blockade on Qatar and the great response to the humanitarian situation raised by the National Human Rights Committee, the blockading countries are only toughening their blockade and deliberately prolonging it. Al Marri added, “The humanitarian crisis in the Gulf region has long been overdue, and only people are affected. It is time for urgent legal action to pursue those responsible for violations caused by the blockade, whether they are individuals or institutions.” This came during a meeting with a number of representatives of Italian human rights organizations and media institutions in the Italian capital, Rome, in the presence of Ambassador Abdul Aziz Ahmed Al Malki, Qatar’s Ambassador to Italy, on the sidelines of his participation in the symposium organized by the Italian Institute for Political and International Studies (ISPI). A number of Italian organizations, media and writers, took part in the meeting, including Professor Julio Lana, President of the Legal Union for the Protection of Human Rights; HE Francesco Rossi, Secretary-General of the Union Fund for the Protection of Human Rights; Mr. Mario Miellello, Secretary-General of the Legal Union for Human Rights; Mr. Gore Josancny, journalist at RAI TV, and HE Dr. Vittorio Lungi, journalist and consultant at the International Labor Organization.
Al-Marri stressed that the National Human Rights Committee has formed through its contacts a network of great supporters to the victims of the blockade, revealing the direction of the National Committee to establish an international coalition to combat the effects of the blockade on civilians and punish those who violate the basic rights of civilians.
Al Marri added: “The countries of the blockade imposed the blockade on the citizens of the Gulf and violated their basic rights more than blockading the State of Qatar, whose officials confirmed the stability of the situation in the political and economic tracks.” He pointed out that there is no intention of the blockade countries to end this humanitarian crisis, but they are actually threatening to prolong it with placing more sanctions on civilians. Dr. Al-Marri stressed that the National Human Rights Committee is considering other options to lift the injustice off citizens and residents in Qatar.
Al-Marri explained that the National Human Rights Committee monitors all speeches by officials of the blockade countries in preparation for submitting them to the international human rights mechanisms in order to determine responsibility. Al Marri added, “There are movements by the countries of the blockade for funded campaigns to justify the violations and to cause tragedies upon civilians. Those campaigns did not convince anyone; on the contrary, they just received more international condemnation.” He asked: “How is it possible to organize conferences and fund campaigns to justify violations of human rights?” “We have a critical precedent in promoting violations and cracking down on activists and human rights organizations.”

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