Documenting cases of persons with disabilities who are separated from their families and others who were expelled from Saudi hospitals
Geneva: 25 June 2018
The chairman of the NHRC, Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al-Marri, said that the violations caused by the Gulf crisis have not exempted people with disabilities. Many of them are separated from their families and others have been expelled from hospitals in some countries such as Saudi Arabia. Dr. Al Marri handed over to Ms. Catalina Devandas, Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, the statistics of violations against persons with disabilities and demanded the inclusion of these statistics in a report to be summited to the Human Rights Council.
During the meeting in Geneva, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri stated that the NHRC monitored the conditions, he described as tragic, affecting the persons with disabilities, especially those violations that affected a large proportion of the population of mixed Gulf families. The NHRC has also documented and reported cases of this group, who have been expelled from the hospitals at some of the blockading countries including Saudi Arabia. Al-Marri briefed that the NHRC has lodged complaints with the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and some international mechanisms, as well as providing further updates on the statistics of violations monitored by the National Human Rights Committee. Al-Marri called for action based on the information provided to the committee regarding the violations committed by the countries of the blockade against the rights of persons with disabilities and demanded sending urgent appeals and letters to the concerned countries to clarify these cases and compensate the victims financially and morally due to unprecedented measures that are imposed by these countries, and also demanded conducting field visits to these countries to discuss the situation of the protection of the human rights of persons with disabilities and to prepare a report to be submitted to the Human Rights Council including foundations, conclusions and recommendations reached by all international organizations and missions that have stood against the violations of various types.