Dr. Al-Marri: The neutrality towards the blockade is no longer acceptable. The UN report dropped all the justifications
Report of the OHCHR removed masks of the countries of the blockade
We demand more moves of French diplomats and put the issue of the blockade on the table of the European Union
The countries of the blockade not only ignored the report of the United Nations, but went through a campaign of skepticism and restrictions
Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, president of the NHRC in Qatar, called on the EU countries and some countries to refrain from turning a blind eye to the Gulf crisis and to put an immediate end to the blockade imposed on Qatar eight months ago. Al Marri stated “when it comes to human rights, maintaining neutrality may lead to increased complicity and encourage those involved to continue violations of human rights, which are criminalized by international laws and conventions”. Al Marri stressed that “the official report of the United Nations OHCHR condemns the blockade explicitly, and recognizes the occurrence of discriminatory and arbitrary violations against the people of Qatar, dropped all the arguments and justifications of some States and organizations to justify their neutrality.” On the second day of his European tour to France and Germany, the President of the NHRC met on Monday with officials of the Foreign Ministry, including Mr. Jean-Baptiste Pfeiffer, Vice-President for Middle East and North Africa and Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, Ms. Lucille Duisburg, and the chargé d’affaires for the file of the State of Qatar at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also met with Mr. Florence Cromo Vissiar, Counselor at the French National Assembly “Parliament” and Director of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs.
Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh discussed with the French officials the repercussions of the unjust blockade imposed on Qatar since June 5, and the efforts exerted by the NHRC for defending the rights of those affected by the blockade and the legal procedures that have been proceeded. He also reviewed the foundations included in the report of the OHCHR’s mission on the effects of the blockade. He stressed that “more than 8 months have passed, and despite all the international and legal reports condemning the unjust blockade, the four countries (Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt) have shown no willingness to reverse their arbitrary measures. The report of the OHCHR is the first official report issued by the most important international organizations, has condemned explicitly and directly violations of the blockade, and called for their immediate cessation. The countries of the blockade not only ignored the report of the United Nations, but went through a campaign of skepticism and restrictions, Qatar has been open and responsive to all human rights organizations and has opened its doors to monitor the repercussions of the blockade and to interviewed the victims. In response to a question about the role of France and the European Union, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh said that “France has been a major and important station in the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and should maintain this privileged position in protecting the rights and remedies of victims. We demand more moves of French diplomats and to put the issue of the blockade on the table of the European Union”. Al Marri appreciated the French officials’ understanding of the concerns of the NHRC, in parallel with his assertion that “the NHRC appreciates the position of civil society organizations and French human rights organizations that have stood and sympathized with the tragedy of the victims of the blockade; France and the EU will play a decisive and crucial role in ending The tragedies caused by the countries of the blockade, and their gross violations of human rights, which affected the citizens and residents of Qatar and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.” Al Marri added: “In the past, we have been hearing from officials in some countries and human rights organizations that they can not take firm measures and positions that are openly and strongly condemning the blockade explicitly, on the pretext of the absence of a formal UN report, the opportunity of Kuwaiti mediation and international efforts to resolve the crisis. The report dropped all the masks on the countries of the blockade, just as all the allegations and justifications that cast doubt on serious human rights violations or as a pretext for not condemning the embargo states have been dropped.” Al Marri warned that “the continuation of some countries and human rights organizations in their silence, or neutral position, encourages the countries of the blockade to continue violations, and this in itself is a crime against human rights that the countries of Europe and the free world has been denied.
Al Marri added: “European and Western capitals should take the issue of human rights over economic interests and consider them a priority in the agenda of their foreign relations with the countries of the blockade, because the impact on human rights affects security and the continuation of the crisis poses a serious threat to international peace and security. We at the National Human Rights Committee call upon France, other governments and human rights organizations to make a strong voice in defending the rights of citizens and residents of Qatar and the GCC countries,” said Dr. Ali Al-Marri at the conclusion of his meeting with officials of the French Foreign Ministry and the French Parliament.