An international coalition of human rights organizations ensure that the suffering of the victims of the continued blockade are effectively heard
4234 Complaints by citizens and residents against violations of the blockade within two years
2234 complaints against Saudi Arabia, 1126 against the UAE, 527 against Bahrain, and 338 against Egypt
50 visits by chairman of the National Human Rights Committee to the United States and European countries to expose the violations resulting from the blockade
Addressing about 500 human rights bodies and international and regional governmental and non-governmental organizations
The National Human Rights Committee discusses with some specialized international centers assessment of the psychological damage caused to those affected by the blockade, especially women and children, in order to raise an integrated file for judicial and human rights bodies
A positive development in the positions of European and US officials on the humanitarian tragedy left behind by the blockade
live testimony of the victims of the blockade in key international fora, such as the European Parliament and a number of international parliaments, the Human Rights Council in Geneva, international centers, international human rights organizations, and the Human Rights Council in Geneva
We will endeavor to prosecute the countries of the blockade and compensate the victims once the files are complete and documented
Pressure to compel the blockading states to stop their discriminatory violations and punitive measures
Imposing the tragic repercussions of the blockade on the agendas of meetings of international organizations, parliaments and governments of states
We will spare no effort to redress all those affected by one of the harshest forms of blockade imposed on peoples
The National Human Rights Committee’s actions succeeded in gaining international sympathy for the victims
The international community has realized the reality of the grave human rights violations caused by the blockading states
The National Human Rights Committee provided, for the first time, a platform for victims in the European Parliament to recount their suffering
External visits conveyed a real picture of the reality of the blockade and the suffering of the victims to the world
The hearing of the victims of the blockade in the European Parliament awakened the conscience of the world public opinion, which was shocked by the violations
Desperate attempts to discredit the credibility of the NHRC will not deter us from fulfilling our commitment to bring justice for the victims
Desperate attempts by the blockading states to distort the image of the National Human Rights Committee
Doha, May 29, 2019
Dr. Ali bin Sumikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, affirmed that the National Committee will not deter under any circumstances or desperate attempts to question its credibility by the blockading states, to fulfill its commitment to defend the rights of victims through all human rights platforms, pointing out that the National Human rights Committee will spare no effort to bring justice to all those affected by one of the most severe and harshest forms of blockade imposed on peoples. Dr. Al Marri revealed that the National Committee intends to discuss with delegations and international organizations, the possibility to take a series of new mechanisms and procedures, in the context of legal and human rights movements, and obliged to stop its punitive and discriminatory measures against citizens and residents in the State of Qatar, such as the formation of an international coalition to defend the rights of The victims, enabling them to present their testimonies in the most important international forums, to expose the violations of the blockading states.
two years of facing violations
During a meeting with Qatari media leaders, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri gave a briefing on the efforts and movements of the National Committee internally and externally to face the unjust blockade, the gains achieved and the vision of the Committee.
Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri revealed the latest statistics on the complaints that continue to reach the National Committee by Qatari citizens and residents, about the continued violations by the blockading countries, especially the United Arab Emirates, despite the issuance of judicial decisions by the International Court of Justice. Al Marri also pointed out that Saudi Arabia continues to politicize religious rituals and procrastinate in allowing citizens and residents of Qatar to perform the Hajj and Umrah rituals by declaring insufficient deceptive measures that do not eliminate obstacles to the right to practice religious rites.
4234 Complaints by citizens and residents against the blockading states within two years
According to the figures, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh pointed out that the National Human Rights Committee has received 4,234 complaints filed by citizens and residents in the State of Qatar since the beginning of the blockade on June 5, including 3381 submitted by Qatari citizens and 853 complaints by residents of various nationalities. During the two years of the blockade, the National Committee received 2,234 complaints against Saudi Arabia, 1,126 complaints against the United Arab Emirates, 527 complaints against the Kingdom of Bahrain, 338 complaints against Egypt, and 9 complaints against different countries.
Complaints filed during the two-year blockade included 1,317 complaints of violations of the right to movement, 1,298 violations of the right to property, 661 complaints of violations of the right to family reunification, 525 violations of the right to education, 172 cases of violation of the right to practice religious rites, and 112 complaints related to Violations of the right to work, 94 complaints on violations of the right to residence, 38 complaints on violations of the right to health, 12 complaints of violations on the right to obtain official documents, 3 complaints of enforced disappearance, one complaint about arbitrary arrest and detention, and one complaint relating to Degrading treatment.
In the context of the efforts of the National Human Rights Committee and its movements at the domestic and international level to face the blockade, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri stressed that the National Human Rights Committee, during the two years of the blockade has made 50 visits to European countries besides the United States, during which Dr. Al Marri met with several human rights officials at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, parliamentarians and officials of human rights organizations, as well as His Holiness Pope Frances. The National Committee also addressed more than 500 human rights organizations and international and regional governmental and non-governmental organizations, urging them to take urgent action to address the repercussions of the humanitarian crisis caused by the blockade.
The NHRC also held two international conferences and issued 8 reports and 32 statements on the blockade. On the other hand, human rights organizations, trade unions and international bodies issued 16 reports and statements condemning the blockade. 35 international delegations of international personalities, organizations and bodies visited the headquarters of the National Human Rights Committee to investigate the repercussions of the blockade.
During his visits, the chairman of the National Commission held several meetings in various international forums, with international human rights organizations, and human rights offices in foreign ministries of a number of European and Western countries, in addition to a series of meetings and hearings in the European Parliament and a number of parliaments of the world. International movement in support of the position of the State of Qatar in many influential countries. Fifteen members of the British Parliament also called on their government to discuss Qatar’s blockade in the House of Commons.
Dr. Al-Marri pointed out that the National Human Rights Committee held a series of meetings and hearings in major international parliaments, where he met with representatives of the Senate and House of Representatives of the US Congress, and made a hearing before the European Parliament in the Belgian capital of Brussels, followed by a hearing by representatives of the victims of the blockade before deputies of the European Parliament .
Internally, the National Human Rights Committee received many delegations and personalities from Britain, Canada, the United States of America, Italy, France and other countries, as well as delegations of regional and international human rights organizations, most notably Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, as well as a delegation from the Office of the High Commissioner. At the invitation of the National Human Rights Committee, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri met with a delegation from the OHCHR Technical Mission to collect information on the impact of the blockade on the human rights of citizens and residents of the State of Qatar and GCC citizens.
In addition to the organizations and personalities who visited Qatar to monitor the violations of the blockade, the National Human Rights Committee has succeeded in holding a number of international conferences since the first days of the blockade, despite the pressure exerted by the governments of the blockading countries to try to dissuade International organizations and personalities about attending international conferences organized by the National Human Rights Committee.
Al Marri commended the success of the International Conference on “National, Regional and International Mechanisms to Combat Impunity and Ensure Accountability under International Law”, organized by the National Human Rights Committee, in partnership with the European Parliament, OHCHR and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, on 14 April 15, under the patronage and presence of HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. More than 250 bodies, international organizations and human rights and legal organizations participated in the conference, which discussed more than 20 working papers in plenary sessions, workshops and working groups.
Al Marri also praised the success of the international conference held by the National Committee entitled “Freedom of Expression: face up to the threat”, a month and a half after the start of the blockade, attended by about 500 regional and international organizations, to discuss freedom of expression, despite the attempts of the blockading countries to pressure them to prevent them From attending the conference. The conference concluded with the issuance of recommendations, which included a strong condemnation of the blockade, in particular the rejection of the demand to close Al-Jazeera. The conference played a major role in the retreat of the blockade countries from demanding the closure of Al Jazeera, after a wave of condemnation and international solidarity with Al Jazeera, and the various media affiliated with Qatar.
Desperate attempts to undermine the credibility of the National Committee
the chairman of the National Human Rights Committee said that the blockading states are in a big legal dilemma, following the exposure of their serious human rights violations, which was reflected in the statements of a number of politicians and prominent figures in the blockading countries. , pointing out that “the National Human Rights Committee has international credibility, and support 110 institutions for Human Rights in the Global Alliance for national human rights institutions”
Future steps and moves to face the blockade
Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri pointed out that the committee’s agenda includes many steps on the mechanisms and procedures that will be taken in the future. Human Rights in Geneva, International Centers, International Human Rights Organizations and the Human Rights Council in Geneva; stressing that the National Committee will discuss with delegations and international organizations that have visited the State of Qatar since the beginning of the blockade the idea of forming an international coalition to hear the voices of those affected by the blockade.
Al Marri pointed out that the National Committee is discussing with some specialized international centers to assess the psychological damage to those affected by the blockade, especially women and children, in order to raise an integrated file for the judicial and human rights bodies. The National Committee also seeks to issue a book that compiles all the reports of international organizations, documents victims’ testimonies in multiple languages, and distributes them to various international organizations, and in various important international events. The NHEC also plans to organize an international exhibition documenting violations of the blockade countries, and testimony of victims across a number of capitals of the world.
Al Marri pointed out that the National Committee is continuing to intensify its series of international visits and meetings with the most prominent personalities and international organizations, to hear the voices of victims in various international platforms, and expose stressed that the National Committee continues to support all legal movements of the State of Qatar and international organizations, and to provide all the data, documents and consultations necessary to condemn the violations of the blockade countries, and redress for the victims, stressing that The National Committee will continue to raise the issue of the politicization of religious rituals (Hajj and Umrah) in all international agendas and forums, especially UNESCO.
During the next phase, the National Human Rights Committee will focus on the judicial process, and will intensify its efforts in the prosecution of the blockade countries, redress and provide compensation for victims, after the completion of the files and documentation. Al Marri stressed the commitment of the National Committee to defend the rights of victims who lost their property after being expelled from the UAE and Saudi Arabia, without allowing them to recover their property so far, and suffered heavy losses. Al Marri concluded by saying that the National Committee will continue to monitor hate speech and incitement in the blockade countries, especially those issued by senior officials and media channels in those countries.