Just talking about the committees to be established by the countries of the blockade to resolve the violations is a recognition of what was denied at the beginning of the crisis
The NHRC reveals the falsity of the claims of the blockading countries to address violations
The suffering of the Gulf families requires long-term treatments
Geneva: 12 April 2018
In the framework of the follow-up with the international mechanisms on the issues raised regarding the violations resulting of the blockade imposed on Qatar, Dr. Al Marri, president of the National Human Rights Committee met in Geneva with Mr. Mohamed El Nsour, Head of the Middle East and North Africa Division in the OHCHR, As well as Ms. Patrin Bablin, Chairperson of the Special Procedures Committee of the Human Rights Council, and Mr. Jacob Schneider, Chairperson of Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Dr. Al Marri considered the claims of the blockading countries to establish committees to investigate the violations resulting from the blockade imposed on Qatar, as a procrastination, this is evidenced by their claims to establish committees to consider the violations of the blockade, just talking about these mechanisms is an explicit recognition of the grave human rights violations committed against the citizens and residents of Qatar and citizens of the GCC countries in general. The President of the National Human Rights Committee stressed the importance of documenting and internationalizing information about the violations of the blockade imposed on Qatar, pointing out that the documentation process is an important step in the preservation of rights and finding way to lift the blockade and end impunity. The National Human Rights Committee will continue its efforts to redress the victims and end the violations, no matter how long the crisis persists.
Dr. Al-Marri discussed in his meetings the developments of the effects of the blockade imposed on Qatar for more than 300 days, praising the efforts of the United Nations mechanisms and international organizations to redress victims, based on reports received from the National Human Rights Commission. Regarding his meeting with Mrs. Patrin Bablin, Chairperson of the Special Procedures Committee, Al-Marri stressed the necessity of urgent action to redress the victims affected by the blockade imposed on Qatar, especially citizens who lost their property and investments in the countries of the blockade. Dr. Al-Marri called for the importance of raising these issues in the discussions of the Human Rights Council in the framework of its terms of reference and functions.
During his meeting with Mr. Jacob Schneider, Chairman of the CEDAW, Al-Marri stressed the widespread violations of Gulf women in the Gulf crisis, especially with regard to their families and education. Al Marri said women in the Gulf region are one the most affected vulnerable groups, with thousands being forced to abandon their families. He added that what happened to women since the beginning of the blockade imposed on the State of Qatar was the most severe among the violations that have occurred at all. Al Marri called on the CEDAW to protect the Gulf families, and work to lift the violence that they have been exposed to it for more than 300 days in accordance with its supervisory authority to implement the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh held meetings with a number of representatives of the diplomatic missions of the United Nations to provide them with the latest developments in human rights violations resulting from the blockade on Qatar, and said in a press statement after his meetings: The National Human Rights Committee will continue its efforts to redress the victims and end the violations of the blockade no matter how long the crisis will last. Although we have warned in many international forums and meetings with international organizations and parliaments that prolonging the crisis will exacerbate the situation of human rights in the Gulf region, stressing at the same time that the mechanisms of the United Nations is moving in accordance with its strategies to redress the victims of the blockade.