We demand strong international clear positions against the blockade based on the report of the technical mission of the OHCHR.
The UN report dropped any justification for neutrality towards the violations of the blockade.
Conclusions of the OHCHR’s report are consistent with reports of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar.
Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, president of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, affirmed that the report of the technical mission of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights represents an international consensus to lift the injustice suffered by the affected people and end the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on Qatar. Based on The report on the impacts of the blockade, the blockade is not legal, pointing out that the report proved violations of human rights in the Gulf region.
This came during the meeting held by Dr. Al-Marri with Mr. Georgios Katarogalos, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Greek Republic. Dr. Al-Marri stressed the need to take a clear and frank stance on the human rights violations caused by the blockade imposed on Qatar, according to the official report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which officially recognized the violations and arbitrary measures against citizens and residents of Qatar and citizens of the three Gulf countries involved in the blockade.
Al-Marri said during his meetings with Greek officials that the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is the first official document issued by the United Nations, affirming beyond any doubt the violations caused by the countries of the blockade against the citizens and residents of Qatar, and the three Gulf countries.
Al Marri stressed that the report of the OHCHR acknowledged the existence of serious violations involving the countries of the blockade, and that they were involved in arbitrary and racist procedures, and that it amounted to economic war against Qatar. Al Marri pointed out that the issuance of an official report on the United Nations finally drops any justification to prevent States and human rights organizations from taking explicit and declared positions against the blockade.
Al-Marri: The UN report proved the falseness of the allegations of the institutions of countries of the blockade that reports of human rights organizations such as Amnesty and Human Rights Watch lack credibility. Al-Marri said that the foundations of the report of the United Nations technical mission is consistent with the reports that have been published by the National Committee for Human Rights since the beginning of the blockade with all transparency and credibility.
The president of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar said: “Doha has opened its doors to human rights organizations and international missions with confidence and transparency to find out the reality of the victims of the blockade at a time when the countries of the blockade have opened their doors to all organizations and fact finding missions”.
Al Marri added that many officials in governments and international organizations were waiting for the UN report to declare explicit positions on the blockade. there is no justification or argument that prevents states, governments and organizations from taking strong and immediate measures to end the blockade and non-compliance with these violations.
Dr. Al-Marri met with a number of human rights officials of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice of Greece and the Greek National Commission for Human Rights, on Athens in his fourth European tour to the European Union since the beginning of the blockade imposed on Qatar, on June 5, 2017. During the first day of his visit to Greece, Dr. Al-Marri held many meetings wit a number of officials including the Secretary General of Human Rights Affairs at the Ministry of Justice, and Diplomats of the Greek Minister of Justice. Al Marri also met with Mr. George Stavropoulos, chairman of the Greek National Commission for Human Rights, as well as with Mr. Ioannis Amanaitides, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs for Cultural, Religious and Human Rights Affairs.
The fourth European tour of Dr. Al Marri comes within the framework of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar to mobilize more international support to lift the injustice of those affected, explain the conclusions of the UN report on the violations of the blockade to all international organizations, parliaments, and regional and international mechanisms, follow-up with special rapporteurs and address cases of violations reported in the OHCHR’s report. The visit comes within the framework of the human rights movements and the efforts of the National Human Rights Committee for more than 7 months to expose the violations of the countries of the blockade and to urge the states and human rights organizations to act vigorously and take declared positions to put an end to the worst humanitarian crisis in the Gulf region.
This round is especially important because it comes a few days after the publication of the first official United Nations report, after the visit of the OHCHR technical mission to Qatar during the period from 18 to 23 December last year at the request of the National Human Rights Committee , To monitor violations of blockade and to interview those affected.