Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, stressed that the European Parliament should bear their humanitarian, moral and legal responsibilities towards the siege imposed on Qatar, which is similar to the Berlin Wall. Members of the European Parliament stressed that the State of Qatar plays an important role in the fight against terrorist groups and should continue to play this role, referring to the statistics published on violations due to the siege in the report of the NHRC. Al Marri calls on The European Parliament and the European Union to work intensively on the immediate end of the siege, as well as the formation of a committee of the European Parliament to visit the headquarters of the NHRC in Qatar to meet the victims. Dr. Al Marri extended thanks to many European countries for their clear their positions on the siege of Qatar, noting the strong partnership between the NHRC and its counterparts in the European Union.
Dr. Al Marri reviewed many cases and statistics of violations of human rights as a result of the siege crisis. He revealed the latest statistics received by the NHRC until 20 June 2017, which reached as a total of (1972) complaints relating to violations of the rights to private property, family reunification, the right to movement, health, education, freedom of religious practices, work and residence. He added: complaints and violations caused by Saudi Arabia reached to 1344 complaints divided into 23 relating to the right to education, 418 relating to the right to private property, 212 relating to the right to family reunification, 13 relating to the right to health, 109 relating to the right to freedom of religious practice, 52 relating to work and 35 in residence; while complaints and violations caused by the UAE reached to a total (378) and divided into 10 relating to education, 120 relating to private properties, 39 relating to family reunification, 143 relating to movement, 5 relating to work and one complaint relating to residence. As for Bahrain, there are 241 complaints, including 10 relating to education, 16 relating to property, 116 relating to families, 58 relating to movement, 8 relating to health, 17 relating to work and 16 relating to residence. Dr. Ali stated that the total number of complaints have reached 103 on education and property, 554 relating to family, 367 relating to movement and health, 103 relating to freedom of religious practices, 74 relating to work, and 52 relating to residence.
Al-Marri called for separate the human rights and the humanitarian file from any political conflicts and said: We cannot use civilians and peoples to achieve political goals, stressing that his country has not and will not reciprocate in front of these violations and crimes against the citizens and residents of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, condemning what he called the shocking silence of all human rights mechanisms in the League of Arab States, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Gulf Cooperation Council. He said: we organized during the month of February, a major international conference with the United Nations on human rights approaches to address conflict situations in the Arab region, with a broad presence of the delegations of the besieged countries and here we are exposed to the worst abuses.
Members of the Committee on Foreign Relations in the European Parliament discussed the human rights violations published on the reports of the NHRC and stated that the siege must end. They pointed out that the State of Qatar plays a role in the fight against terrorist groups. They pointed out that they will discuss the issue of the siege of Qatar at the level of the Commission on Human Rights in the European Parliament and in the Committee on Foreign Relations. They pointed out that The EU will support any political solution and supports the mediation of Kuwait; stressing that human rights must be separated from any political differences. They affirmed their support for the values presented by the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar and said: We call you to defend human rights and support the peoples. Members of the Foreign Relations Committee of the European Parliament noted that they had taken note of the demands of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar and that they will forward the NHRC’s report to all parliamentarians and to the Commission on Human Rights of the European Parliament.