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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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(The Statement) The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar welcomed the statements made by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor […]

(The Statement)

The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar welcomed the statements made by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs and stressed the importance of the State in protecting the rights and duties of workers and employers.
In this regard, the Committee appreciates the approval by the Council of Ministers on 25/10/2017 of a draft law amending the text of Article 7 of Law No. 21 of 2015 regulating the entry, exit and residence of expatriates amended by Law No. 1 of 2017 concerning determining the mechanism of exiting the expatriates from the State for the purpose of leave, in which the law stipulates that workers shall be discharged directly without the need to present a notice of leave except for a group of workers whose nature of work requires the employer to be notified in advance and to take prior approval.
The Committee also commends the announcement by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs of its intention to put the law into force within the next six months, after completing the legislative procedures necessary for the implementation of this amendment, to take measures and prepare the necessary programs and awareness through holding workshops and seminars for employers to ensure that this amendment is applied properly .
The National Human Rights Committee expresses its full readiness to cooperate with all concerned parties within the State, especially the Ministries of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Interior, in order to ensure the success of this important positive step and to implement it properly.

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On his visit to London, where he met with members of the House of Commons, the Lords of the British […]

On his visit to London, where he met with members of the House of Commons, the Lords of the British Parliament, the Shadow Government Minister and officials of the Foreign Ministry, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, President of the National Human Rights Committee, warned of the persistence of the blockade countries that would prolong the crisis and exacerbate the humanitarian tragedies and family disintegration of thousands of citizens and residents of the Gulf States whose basic rights have been violated in the absence of a firm international position to force those countries to immediately respond to the international consensus that the blockade should be lifted immediately, regardless of political differences. This came during intensive meetings held by Dr. Ali Al-Marri in the visit to the British capital London, where he met with members of the House of Commons; Tom Brake of the Liberal Democrats Party; Head of Parliamentary Group and spokesperson of the Party; Chris Williams, MP and Shadow Minister for Civil defense and Emergency; Baroness Manzila Pola Uddin; Lord of Labour Party; Baron Norman Reginald Warner of the Labour Party; in addition to Richard Jones, Head of Human Rights and Democracy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He also met Mr. Salil Shetti, Secretary-General of Amnesty International, and discussed with him the repercussions of the blockade on Qatar.

Silence of some governments and persistence of the blockade countries.

The President of the National Human Rights Committee noted that the silence of some governments encouraged the countries of the blockade States to continue their aggression and prolong the duration of the crisis, which has caused escalating human tragedies, not least of which is the denial of entire families from reunion and the disbanding of Gulf families due to unjust decisions
Dr. Al-Marri added, “We have received more than 4,000 complaints in the National Human Rights Committee so far, and we have documented thousands of cases of human rights violations. The serious thing is that there are thousands of victims from the blockade countries suffering in silence because of grave psychological damages, but they are under threat of harsh prison sentences, fines and the withdrawal or non-renewal of passports, in case they dare to submit complaints or criticize unfair decisions taken against the State of Qatar. ”
Al Marri stressed the need to give the tragedies of those affected by the blockade the highest priority in the discussions of the British parliament and government on the Gulf crisis, saying: “Regardless of the political differences that caused the current Gulf crisis, the governments and parliaments of the world have to strongly press those countries to stop the blockade imposed on Qatar, immediately and unconditionally, to put an end to the tragedies of thousands of citizens and residents of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. ”
Al Marri concluded by saying, “Apart from the serious dimensions that the current crisis may take and the time period to resolve it, it is certain that the blockade imposed by four Gulf-Arab states against a neighboring Gulf country will remain a black point in the history of the GCC countries and in the history of relations between countries. ”
Al Marri also announced that a UN mission will visit Doha from 18 to 23 November 2017 to investigate the humanitarian impact and violations caused by the blockade, in parallel with other forthcoming visits of international parliamentary delegations and human rights organizations to Doha in the coming days to report to countries and world parliaments on the extent of suffering of the peoples of the GCC States as a result of unilateral coercive measures taken by the States of the blockade, in flagrant violation of all international instruments and human rights law.
Dr. Ali Al-Marri addressed statements to deputies of the House of Commons and House of Lords, in a hearing hosted by the Scottish National Party MP Tommy Schipper of the Scottish Committee in the British Parliament. The session was attended by members the House of Commons and House of Lords. The hearing was devoted to a comprehensive report on the effects of the unjust inhuman blockade that has been imposed on since the beginning of the Gulf crisis. He also held a series of intensive meetings with Lester Carr Michael of the Liberal Democrats, MP Martyn Day of the Scottish National Party, Nicole Pinci, coordinator of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights in Parliament, and MP David Wayne, Shadow Minister for Defense and Procurement at the British Ministry of Defense; and another meeting with MP Graham Morris, head of the British parliamentary delegation, who visited Doha in September and met with a number of people affected by the blockade and documented cases of human rights violations in a final report to parliamentarians and the international media. Dr. Ali bin Smaikh handed the deputies to the parliament copies of four reports, documenting the violations that have occurred since the beginning of the blockade against students, pilgrims, residents and international organizations.

No neutrality with human rights violations

Dr. Al-Marri addressed the MPs by saying: “the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) considering with some organizations the possibility of establishing an international coalition of human rights organizations, activists and international figures to combat the siege on citizens and residents of the State of Qatar and the Gulf countries concerned. We will exert strong pressure through all international and regional platforms, and by all peaceful and legal means provided for in international instruments to lift this injustice on the Gulf people and Gulf citizens.”
He also stressed that “the world must be aware that there is no neutrality when it comes to violations of human rights,” noting that “the silence of some influential governments make the siege countries continue violations and prolong the humanitarian crisis.”
Al Marri declared to the Parliament Members that a mission from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will review the humanitarian situation of citizens and residents in Qatar and the citizens of the GCC countries, noting that the UN mission will meet with the victims and will be handed over all the data, documents, evidence and names of the victims, and that the mission will submit its report to the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
He also revealed that other international missions will visit Doha to submit their reports to countries and parliaments in the world to know the extent of the suffering of the peoples of the GCC countries due to the unilateral coercive measures taken by these countries in flagrant violation of all international conventions. He praised the great response and sympathy of members of parliament that he had met.

Strong interaction of MPs

The parliamentary hearing witnessed a great deal of interaction among MPs who asked about the reality of the situation in Qatar about five months after the blockade and expressed sympathy for the victims. The deputies met with Dr. Ali bin Smeikh that they will prepare a joint statement in the British Parliament on the humanitarian consequences of the blockade, in parallel to address the British Prime Minister and Foreign Minister on the violations of the embargo.

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Dr. Al-Marri: “Cultural and civilizational diversity is a gain for humanity and a heritage that should never be distorted or […]

Dr. Al-Marri: “Cultural and civilizational diversity is a gain for humanity and a heritage that should never be distorted or destroyed”.

The Spanish capital, Madrid, witnessed the inauguration of the 7th edition of the Exhibition of Arabic calligraphy about ‘Human Rights in Islamic Culture’. The inauguration took place in the presence of Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, president of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar; Ambassador Pedro Martínez-Avial, Director of the Arab House “Casa Arabe” in Madrid; Ms. Eva Martinez Sanchez, Director of Maghreb and Africa Affairs at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs; HE Mohammed bin Jaham Al-Kuwari, Ambassador of Qatar in Madrid; Spanish dignitaries, representatives of civil society organizations, and a number of diplomats, intellectuals, media and Spanish and foreign academics.

A window to introduce Islam and spread dialogue and tolerance.

The exhibition opened its doors to different sectors of Spanish society, as well as Arab and Muslim communities living in European countries. Over the past years, the “Calligraphy on Human Rights in Islamic Culture” exhibition has become a powerful window for introducing Islam, promoting a culture of peace and tolerance, and dialogue between religions and civilizations that the State of Qatar calls for in the international arena, to counter the culture of incitement and violence that contributed to the spread of extremist ideas and organizations, as well as hate speech and attempts to attach the charge of terrorism to the Islamic religion. The exhibition also presented a true picture to the Western societies on the status given to human rights by the Islamic religion.

Condemning the terrorist attacks in Spain.

In his speech on this occasion, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, president of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, began his intervention by confirming his “strong condemnation of the terrorist attacks that hit the Kingdom of Spain which are not recognized by any divine religion, nor accepted by living conscience or acknowledged by religious teachings, for they are anomalous and hostile to humanity, declaring his solidarity in the face of these poisoned and destructive extremist ideas.”
Dr. al-Marri availed the presence of the distinguished audience of Spanish Foreign Ministry officials, representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited to Madrid, and a number of intellectuals and opinion leaders around the world, to denounce the blockade imposed on Qatar since June 5. He said, “The National Human Rights Committee holds this Exhibition at a time when the State of Qatar is being subjected to an unjust blockade that violates all human rights instruments and principles.”
On the ethical message to be conveyed by the Exhibition, Al Marri said, “The Islamic religion is committed to human rights and calls for respect for human dignity and freedoms. The message of Islam has come to consolidate the principles of justice and equality among all human beings and to end injustice, tyranny, racism and oppression. It further calls for peace and coexistence among all religions, sects, races and ethnicities.”
He added that “terrorism has no religion and no nationality, and that the actions of extremist terrorist groups who take religion as a cover for their abnormal and sick behaviors to achieve their despicable goals, are far from Islam and its moderate true message. These fanatical groups represent only themselves, and there is no doubt that the entire world has seen the bright face of Islam over hundreds of years.”
He also noted that “the treatment of extremism and terrorism does not consist of fueling the feeling of hatred of Islam ‘Islamophobia’ and the consequent discourse of intolerance and hatred, but rather the extension of bridges of cooperation and dialogue between different religions, cultures and civilizations. Such treatment also can be through the search for, showing and pinpointing the common human heritage and values.”

Spain .. the gateway of Islamic civilization.

Dr. Al-Marri lauded the historical role of Spain and said, “Spain has played an important role in achieving the coexistence of civilizations and communication between different cultures, ideas and beliefs. It is the gateway through which Islamic civilization has spread in the fields of science and literature throughout Europe, and perhaps the remaining Islamic monuments in Spain to this day the greatest witness to that.” He concluded, “This exhibition is a message to the world. We do not mean it to speak or defend Islam, but just to stress that we are keen to show common values and commonalities; and you yourselves may judge that.”

Ambassador Mohammed Bin Jaham Al Kuwari, to Madrid: “Spain has always been a space for coexistence and understanding between different peoples, cultures and religions”

Ambassador Mohammed bin Jaham Al-Kuwari, Ambassador of Qatar to Madrid, praised the exhibition “The Arab Calligraphy on Human Rights in Islam,” adding that “The sample presented to us in this exhibition depicts what was in the past, what can be in the present, and what should be in the future. Each painting includes verses from the noble Quran and quotations from the sayings of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.”
On the importance of Madrid hosting the exhibition, Ambassador Mohammed said, “The hosting of this exhibition in Spain is a real motivation for happiness and an emphasis that the Arab culture has had a very prominent presence in this country since ancient times. Spain has always been a space for coexistence and understanding between different peoples, cultures and religions. At present, the country continues to play a very important role in this regard, due to several factors, most notably the remarkable work done by the Arab House ‘Casa Arabe’.”

Ambassador Pedro Martinez-Avial, Director of the ‘Arab House’ in Madrid:
“Qatar witnesses a dramatic shift in the defense of human rights”

Ambassador Pedro Martinez-Avial, Director of the Arab House in Madrid, praised the exhibition by saying, “I am honored to be present at this wonderful exhibition with the message it is addressing. As you know, promoting peace and defending human rights are key points in Spain’s policy. My presence at the exhibition emphasizes this.”
Ambassador Pedro added “Qatar has witnessed a remarkable transformation in the defense of human rights, and it is participating in many human rights forums, whether in the Arab world or internationally; this is clearly said by Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri.” He concluded by saying: “Islam is a religion of peace and a religion of dialogue between all religions. The noble Quran and the Prophet’s sayings and teachings prove that in the essence of Islam there is an invitation to dialogue and understanding between religions and respect for human rights. I am happy that this message is the theme of this exhibition.”
Art is an upscale and effective message for the introduction of Islam

Mr. Nazmi Yousef, member of the administrative board of the Madrid Press Club, said:

“The exhibition is one of the most important ideas that explain the truth of Islam with a high-quality artistic message, and it is important to address the Western world with the message of art to introduce Islam, even though the Exhibition coincides with the week-end and under the conditions Spain is witnessing.”

Mr. Mahmoud Sobh, Tenured professor at Complutense University of Madrid and winner of Qatar’s Award for Translation, said:

“The exhibition is a beautiful promotion for the Islamic religion, reflecting the fact that it is a true religion of peace and tolerance. Most of the audience today are intellectuals, poets, writers and authors, in addition to diplomats. This reflects the attention paid by the elite of Muslim societies to the Exhibition of Human Rights in Islam.”
Positive comments expressed by participants in the exhibition

Mr. Aleksandra Yanichkova, a Slovakian citizen, said:

“It’s great that the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar is interested in organizing an exhibition that addresses Islam’s respect for human rights, because many people in the world do not believe in that. In addition, persuading the world of this fact via an art exhibition is a sublime message to educate peoples.”

Ms. Francesca Blanca, a Spanish artist,

noted that she had enjoyed the paintings in the gallery, and said. “I am an artist, and I am well aware of the extent to which art is capable of educating the people; hence is the importance of this exhibition introducing the status of human rights in Islam.” She added: “This exhibition is a great step to spread a culture of tolerance, and through dialogue and tolerance we spread the culture of peace in the world. So, all the appreciation goes to the National Human Rights Committee and the State of Qatar for this wonderful exhibition.”

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Qatar National Human Rights Committee explained that it has received up to 190 complaints from Qatari students studying in Egyptian […]

Qatar National Human Rights Committee explained that it has received up to 190 complaints from Qatari students studying in Egyptian universities; they are prevented from completing their studies and some of them were prevented from entering final exams in September 2017, due to the recent measures taken by the Egyptian authorities that oblige the Qatari Students to obtain security approval for the purpose of obtaining the entry visas to complete their studies and enter exams in Egyptian universities. Although the authorities in the Arab Republic of Egypt have already announced that Qatari students enrolled in Egyptian universities are excluded from the decision imposed on Qataris wishing to visit the Egyptian territories, the Egyptian authorities denied entry of Qatari students studying in Egyptian universities without obtaining Visa. Although some of these students have already obtained the necessary visas to enter Egypt, the Egyptian authorities denied their entry after arriving at the Egyptian airports claiming that they have not obtained the required security approvals and demanded that they return to the State of Qatar, which deprived them from entering the exams through no fault of their own.
The Egyptian authorities also put many obstacles to obtain the necessary security clearance to obtain entry visas by Qatari students studying in Egyptian universities, which caused their failure to attend classes of the new academic year 2017/2018, and enter the examinations of the second round and other examinations previously approved by the universities during September and October 2017, which causes severe damage to them, in flagrant violation of their right to education. In this regard, The National Human Rights Committee has addressed the National Council for Human Rights in the Arab Republic of Egypt and also addressed several international organizations, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

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Dr. Ali bin Samih Al-Marri, president of Qatar National Human Rights Committee, met at the Committee’s headquarters with the Parliamentary […]

Dr. Ali bin Samih Al-Marri, president of Qatar National Human Rights Committee, met at the Committee’s headquarters with the Parliamentary investigation Committee of the British Parliament, headed by Mr. Graham Morris. Dr. Al-Marri discussed during the meeting a detailed explanation of the human rights violations caused by the blockade imposed on Qatar. While the Parliamentary investigation Committee held a press conference at the headquarters of NHRC after meeting with Dr. Al Marri. The British Parliamentary Committee, mandated by the British Parliament to investigate the violations resulting of the blockade imposed on the state of Qatar, called for an immediate lifting of the blockade, which they consider illegal and violating all international and humanitarian conventions and laws. Mr. Morse pointed out that he had met with a number of officials of the National Committee, including Dr. Ali bin Samih Al-Marri, and many of the victims of the blockade; he added that said that the blockade violates the basic human rights that should be respected rather than violated. He pointed out that there are international obligations on the countries to abide by and stressed that it is in everyone’s interest to resolve the current Gulf crisis urgently. The head of the British Parliamentary Committee stated that the committee shall present the outcomes of their visit to Qatar to the British Parliament, and will hold meetings with members of Parliament, as well as address the European Union in this regard. Mr. Morse said at the press conference that the committee met with officials of the British Embassy in Qatar, who said they supported the efforts to lift the blockade, which is the position of the British government, and support the mediation conducted by His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to end the crisis. He expressed the delegation’s readiness to visit the countries of the blockade upon receiving an invitation. He called for a quick political solution to the crisis and not to involve citizens in such political and diplomatic disputes.

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The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) received at its headquarters the British parliamentary delegation from the House of Lords and […]

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) received at its headquarters the British parliamentary delegation from the House of Lords and the House of Representatives headed by MP Graham Morse. Ms. Maryam Bint Abdullah Al Attiyah, Secretary General of the Committee gave a brief on the effects of the blockade imposed on Qatar since 5 June 2017, and the steps taken by the Committee at the national, regional and international levels. The British parliamentary delegation met with a number of victims affected in various aspects of human rights issues, especially families that are dispersed, students who have been denied completion of their studies, and citizens who have been denied this year’s Hajj. The parliamentary delegation shall meet Dr. Ali bin Samih Al-Marri, president of the committee, to give a brief on the outcomes of their meetings with the victims and the necessary steps to redress their rights.

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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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