Neutrality is unacceptable when it comes to human rights violations.
Dr. Ali bin Samih Al Marri, president of the National Human Rights Committee, extended thanks and gratitude to the Asia-Pacific Forum, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions for their great support and encouragement to the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar to further explore the impact of the blockade on the rights of citizens and residents of Qatar, and citizens of the GCC countries.This came during his speech the APF 22nd Annual General Meeting in Bangkok, during which Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission was chosen as the President of the Forum.
Dr. Al-Marri discussed in his speech the challenges faced by the National Human Rights Committee and the campaigns that were aimed at disrupting and sabotaging its efforts in uncovering the violations of the blockade since the beginning of the Gulf crisis on 5 June 2017; pointing out that attempts to obstruct the work of the Committee has been continuing through the media institutions and civil society organizations of the countries of the blockade, but the response always comes from the competent international institutions that the NHRC working in accordance with the Paris principles and there is no need to conduct any special accreditation review.
At the same context, Al-Marri called for the importance of cooperation of national institutions in humanitarian issues, to be independent and to avoid neutrality when it comes to violations of human rights; pointing out that It is our duty to uncover, monitor and condemn any behavior that would violate those rights guaranteed by all international conventions and treaties. Dr. Al Marri, during his speech on the violations against the Qatari citizens and residents of Qatar and citizens of the GCC countries talked about the right of families to enjoy protection and reunification and the prohibition of their dispersion, pointing out that many families are affected, especially women, children, persons with disabilities, the elderly, where there are mothers and fathers who are forced to leave their children. He said: This violation is considered the most serious and the most terrible violation at all, because it affects and threatens the entity of the Gulf family, and threatens the most vulnerable groups in society, including women and children with disabilities and the elderly. Al-Marri also addressed the most prominent violations of the rights of students, investors, patients, and pilgrims. He said: All these violations are taking place amid the continuation of the course of hatred and incitement, which threatens the lives of people. Adding that the mechanisms and approach of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar in the process of monitoring these violations provide international organizations with reports containing statistics on the classification of complaints in accordance with its mandate and competencies.
Dr. Ali bin Samih Al-Marri, president of the National Human Rights Committee, met with Mr. Keiran Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Forum. The meeting dealt with ways of joint cooperation in the process of strengthening the capacities of NHRIs through organizing training courses and regional workshops, especially in the presence of the permanent headquarters of the sub-regional Office of the Asia-Pacific Forum in Doha, which is a close point of contact between national human rights institutions in the region.