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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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In its statement, NHRC notes that if restrictions are not lifted and Hajj procedures are not facilitated for Qatari pilgrims […]

In its statement, NHRC notes that if restrictions are not lifted and Hajj procedures are not facilitated for Qatari pilgrims while guaranteeing their safety and security, the National Human Rights Committee shall raise its concerns to the international human rights mechanisms, including the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, UNESCO and other relevant international agencies, since it is unacceptable to politicize religious rites and prevent Muslims from performing Hajj under any pretext

the statement

With reference to the closure of sea and air ports and land borders with the state of Qatar, the closure of the Saudi Embassy in Doha, and the measures taken against the state of Qatar, and in view of the suffering of citizens and residents of the State of Qatar including complications, prevention and intimidation during the performance of Hajj in the holy month of Ramadan, Qatar National Human Rights Committee expresses its deep concern about what has been raised by the media and Hajj campaigns about the obstacles and difficulties in performing Hajj this year, the campaign launched against the Qatari citizens, and preventing financial transfers and circulation of the Qatari currency in Saudi Arabia, in a clear 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 Human Rights Declaration of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Accordingly, Qatar National Human Rights Committee calls on the competent authorities for Hajj in Saudi Arabia to put aside the current political differences and not to use religious practices as political leverage which is considered a flagrant violation of international human rights conventions.

However, if restrictions are not lifted and Hajj procedures are not facilitated for Qatari pilgrims while guaranteeing their safety and security, the National Human Rights Committee shall raise its concerns to the international human rights mechanisms, including the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, UNESCO and other relevant international agencies, since it is unacceptable to politicize religious rites and prevent Muslims from performing Hajj under any pretext.

 

24 Shawwal 1438
18 July 2017
Doha

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  Dr. Ali Al Marri met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Rights of the French Ministry of Foreign, […]

 

Dr. Ali Al Marri met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Rights of the French Ministry of Foreign, Ms. Florence Cormin Visser, Deputy Director of the United Nations and International Organizations division, Mr. Bruno Causanel, Head of Mission and Human Rights Ambassador, Ms. Anna Maros, Member of the Human Rights Ambassador’s Mission, Mr. Adrien Benelli, Vice President of the Middle East and Mr. Roman Ottal , official at Qatar Office. Dr. Al-Marri met at the Qatari Embassy in Paris with officials of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) who confirmed their condemnation of the demands of the blockade countries to close Al-Jazeera and its channels, which entrench the freedom of opinion and expression.

In the same context, the NHRC handed over the file of violations committed by the educational institutions of the three blockade countries (Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain) to the Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) during the meeting of Dr. Al Marri with Mr. Eric Faklet, Assistant Director General for External Relations and Public Information, in which he handing over the reports on the promulgation of hate speech and the actions and measures taken by the countries of the blockade against those who show sympathy with the State of Qatar.

Regarding violations of the right to education, Al-Marri explained to UNESCO that the most serious violations of the right to education were committed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) (85 complaints), where (29 complaints) by Saudi Arabia and (25) by the Kingdom of Bahrain. Al-Marri calls on universities and educational institutions in the three countries to put aside political differences and take into consideration the rights of Qatari students and not to put obstacles to their right to education. Al-Marri pointed out that the Committee has observed many violations committed by educational institutions in the three countries, especially the UAE, against these students in education, which included, inter alia, not allowing some Qatari students to complete their exams; Refusing to give some of them graduation certificates; Closing educational accounts for some Qatari students; and Termination of the registration of some students arbitrarily without giving reasons.

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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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His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri, Chairman of the National Committee for Human Rights, met today at the Committee’s […]

His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri, Chairman of the National Committee for Human Rights, met today at the Committee’s headquarters; the Ambassadors of the European States, Canada and America; The meeting was aimed at informing ambassadors of all the repercussions of the siege imposed on Qatar on the humanitarian situation of the citizens of the GCC countries. During the meeting, Al-Marri explained the movements of the National Committee for Human Rights at the local level and the humanitarian challenges faced by those affected by the blockade and the mechanisms of receiving their complaints which amounted to 2324 complaints until yesterday, confirming by statistics that the biggest loser of this crisis are citizens and residents of the GCC countries.

And D. Al-Marri gave the ambassadors reports of violations monitored by the Committee since the beginning of the siege crisis. At the same time, he informed them of the legal actions taken by the Committee from individual and collective complaints for submission to the United Nations, UNESCO and relevant international mechanisms. As well as preparing judicial complaints coordinated through the International Law Office set by the Commission. He also gave an overview of the Commission’s moves at the international level and its meetings with international organizations and organizations of the besieged States. In addition to his visit to the European capitals (London – Geneva – Paris – Brussels) during which he held intensive meetings with the relevant international organizations led by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs as well as other international non – governmental organizations and officials of files Foreign Affairs and Human Rights in the European Parliament. As well as his meetings with international human rights-related personalities. During his meeting, Al Marri stressed the great international response and their rejection of the human and human rights violations caused by the siege on Qatar, through statements condemning and denouncing the actions and decisions of the embargo countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain).
Revealing the movements of international humanitarian organizations to the need to lift the siege and not to link human rights issues with politics.

He assured them that the National Committee will continue to communicate with them to inform them of the latest developments in the human rights situation and the violations of the siege imposed on the citizens of the GCC countries.

While Dr. Al-Marri sees the opportunity to meet with the Ambassadors is an opportunity to express the solidarity of the National Committee for Human Rights with the joint families, which were deprived by the siege crisis of Ramadan’s Eid with their families. Especially women and children who have begun to prepare themselves for this occasion since the holy month of Ramadan

 

 

 

 

 

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  Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, stressed that the European […]

 

Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, stressed that the European Parliament should bear their humanitarian, moral and legal responsibilities towards the siege imposed on Qatar, which is similar to the Berlin Wall. Members of the European Parliament stressed that the State of Qatar plays an important role in the fight against terrorist groups and should continue to play this role, referring to the statistics published on violations due to the siege in the report of the NHRC. Al Marri calls on The European Parliament and the European Union to work intensively on the immediate end of the siege, as well as the formation of a committee of the European Parliament to visit the headquarters of the NHRC in Qatar to meet the victims. Dr. Al Marri extended thanks to many European countries for their clear their positions on the siege of Qatar, noting the strong partnership between the NHRC and its counterparts in the European Union.
Dr. Al Marri reviewed many cases and statistics of violations of human rights as a result of the siege crisis. He revealed the latest statistics received by the NHRC until 20 June 2017, which reached as a total of (1972) complaints relating to violations of the rights to private property, family reunification, the right to movement, health, education, freedom of religious practices, work and residence. He added: complaints and violations caused by Saudi Arabia reached to 1344 complaints divided into 23 relating to the right to education, 418 relating to the right to private property, 212 relating to the right to family reunification, 13 relating to the right to health, 109 relating to the right to freedom of religious practice, 52 relating to work and 35 in residence; while complaints and violations caused by the UAE reached to a total (378) and divided into 10 relating to education, 120 relating to private properties, 39 relating to family reunification, 143 relating to movement, 5 relating to work and one complaint relating to residence. As for Bahrain, there are 241 complaints, including 10 relating to education, 16 relating to property, 116 relating to families, 58 relating to movement, 8 relating to health, 17 relating to work and 16 relating to residence. Dr. Ali stated that the total number of complaints have reached 103 on education and property, 554 relating to family, 367 relating to movement and health, 103 relating to freedom of religious practices, 74 relating to work, and 52 relating to residence.

Al-Marri called for separate the human rights and the humanitarian file from any political conflicts and said: We cannot use civilians and peoples to achieve political goals, stressing that his country has not and will not reciprocate in front of these violations and crimes against the citizens and residents of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, condemning what he called the shocking silence of all human rights mechanisms in the League of Arab States, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Gulf Cooperation Council. He said: we organized during the month of February, a major international conference with the United Nations on human rights approaches to address conflict situations in the Arab region, with a broad presence of the delegations of the besieged countries and here we are exposed to the worst abuses.

Members of the Committee on Foreign Relations in the European Parliament discussed the human rights violations published on the reports of the NHRC and stated that the siege must end. They pointed out that the State of Qatar plays a role in the fight against terrorist groups. They pointed out that they will discuss the issue of the siege of Qatar at the level of the Commission on Human Rights in the European Parliament and in the Committee on Foreign Relations. They pointed out that The EU will support any political solution and supports the mediation of Kuwait; stressing that human rights must be separated from any political differences. They affirmed their support for the values presented by the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar and said: We call you to defend human rights and support the peoples. Members of the Foreign Relations Committee of the European Parliament noted that they had taken note of the demands of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar and that they will forward the NHRC’s report to all parliamentarians and to the Commission on Human Rights of the European Parliament.

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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 decisions. The violations included family separations, violations to the right to travel, education, work, freedom of opinion, residency and ownership.

The report adds that Not only did the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Kingdom of Bahrain took 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 show sympathy for the joint 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 execution mechanisms, firstly, and, secondly, emphasizes that it has to include all human rights and legal areas

Dr. Ali al Marri, chairman of NHRC, says:
“The Conflict Resolution Commission of the GCC has to play its role in resolving the ongoing rift, and even more vitally when the conflict directly affects the lives and principle rights of a large number of the GCC states citizens.”

NHRC team recorded roughly 764 complaints for various types of violations against citizens of the four Gulf states between 5 June, the date on which the blockade, ban, and boycott started, and Monday dawn 12 June, where the work methodology draws upon visits by the victims to the NHRC headquarters and the special forms that NHRC prepared and were filled by the victims with detailed information, in addition to attaching copes of the victims’ I.D., while some victims attached university and school reports, work contracts, family statements, and other documents that are available in the committee archive.

The report notes that an individual might be the object of more than one type of violations. The report highlights two testimonies or more from the victims for each violation type. Also, the report includes a table that breaks down the violations by their type and the violator state:

Complaint/Country Education Ownership Family Separation Travel Health Religious Practices Work Residency Total
Saudi Arabia 9 179 74 212 4 25 23 7 764
UAE 16 35 21 46 3
Bahrain 5 2 60 19 5 12 2
Multiple 5
Total 30 216 155 282 9 25 38 9

The report stresses that what has been documented 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 of them seriously fear that retaliatory actions could be taken against them by their countries’ local authorities if they contacted or submitted a compliant, in light of unprecedented punitive actions by the three states for merely sympathizing with the State of Qatar.

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 says that the government of KSA, UAE, and Bahrain Kingdom have violated in those decisions a number of principle international human rights laws and rules, which are ones of the most fundamental human rights. For the simplicity and unanimity these rules enjoy, and their wide applications, these rules are treated as international norms. These resolutions blatantly violate a number of articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Most notably: 5,9,12,13,19,23, and 26) and other Articles in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (most notably Part III of Article 6, and Articles 10 and 13) and 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 United Nations and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to take speedy steps to bind the states that made these abusive decisions to repeal them.

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 terrifying ramifications on women and children as a result of the separation of their families. Also, the OHCHR has to call 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 call for the compensation of all people who were harmed and affected.

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

In addition, the report emphasizes that Sectarianist General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and especially The High Council’s Conflict Resolution Commission, has to move as quickly as possible and do everything in its power to convince the states’ governments to start settling 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 nexuses between families and societies even further, and to repeal these decisions as quickly as possible.
Also, the report calls on those states to respect the basic human rights in travel, ownership, work, residency, and expression of opinion that are stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Third: International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the Arab Charter on Human Rights.
Also, the report says that those states should see it that the political developments don’t impact the humanitarian and social areas, and cease its use as a leverage card, which is a violation to the international law and the international human rights law.
Finally, the report calls on those states to respect the holiness of the Holy Month of Ramadan, repeal all decisions, and end the blockade before Eid al-Fitr.

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The delegation of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar, headed by HE Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri, flew […]

The delegation of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar, headed by HE Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri, flew from London to Geneva today, where the 35th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council is underway.

Dr Al Marri met with officials from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and with the Office of Special Procedures – a group of independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights issues.

Dr Al Marri called on UN officials to take action over the human rights violations against Qatari citizens, and citizens of some Gulf countries working and residing in Qatar whose countries are enforcing a siege upon Qatar. The meeting addressed ways of involving UN mechanisms to address such violations.

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