Calls on the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to urge the countries of the blockade to put an end to the worsening violations and respect the rights of individuals to movement, freedom of opinion and family reunification
The British House of Representatives notes with concern the continued blockade imposed on Qatar
The Council is concerned about the impact of the blockade on the human rights of citizens and residents of Qatar
British MPs are concerned about the lack of progress towards a breakthrough in the crisis between Qatar and the Quartet
A total number of 15 MPs signed a petition demanding Prime Minister Teresa May’s government to press for an immediate lifting of the blockade imposed on Qatar and urged the countries of the blockade to respond to Kuwaiti mediation to resolve the crisis. In a related context, the British parliamentary mission, which visited Doha from 27 to 29 September 2017, called on the British government to put pressure on the countries of the blockade to lift the blockade, demanding that the countries of the blockade to respond to dialogue with Qatar to resolve the crisis through the mediation of Kuwait, calling at the same time British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson to call on his counterparts from the foreign ministers of the countries of the blockade to put an end to the worsening human rights violations caused by the continuation of the crisis for nearly eight months.
* Recommendations of the parliamentary mission
The British parliamentary delegation that visited Doha issued a report containing its conclusions following its visit to Doha from 27-29 September 2017 to review the impacts of the blockade imposed on Qatar since 5 June. The mission, which included members of the British House of Lords and Commons, led by British Labor Party member Graham Morse, and interviewed a number of victims. The delegation also visited several ministries, including the Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs, to know about the Saudi authorities’ prohibition of Qataris and residents from performing Hajj and Umrah. Upon the mission’s return to London, it issued a report, published in January 2018, on its observations and conclusions on the repercussions and impacts of the blockade, according to the documented information obtained from institutions, individuals and ministries, as well as meetings with officials of the NHRC. The report of the British parliamentary delegation included several recommendations, including the British government’s call to urge the countries of the blockade to lift the blockade and consider responding to the dialogue with Qatar through Kuwaiti mediation. The report also recommended to the British Foreign Minister to urge his counterparts in the countries of the blockade to lift the measures taken against citizens and residents of Qatar and the countries of blockade.
* The delegation met 100 victims of the blockade
The members of the British parliamentary delegation interviewed 100 victims during their visit to Doha, and held meetings with many people, families, business owners, and other groups and listened to their suffering and impacts on the blockade. The British delegation included four deputies and officials of the British Parliament, led by Lord Qorban Hussein, Lord Kilk Kony, Lord Nazir Ahmed, House of Lords and Attorney Graham Morris Member of the House of Commons, along with Shazia Arshad, Mr. Jameel, Alastar Sloane, and Wobal Lo, during their visit to Doha to find out the repercussions of the blockade.
* 15 MPs submitted a petition to the British Prime Minister
In a related context, 15 MPs signed a petition calling for the lifting of the blockade imposed on Qatar immediately and demanded the British government to urge the countries of the blockade to respond to Qatari mediation.
* The NHRC earn the trust of British society
The report of the British Parliamentary Mission, signed by 15 MPs from the House of Commons, marks the culmination of the efforts of the National Human Rights Committee, headed by Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, since the beginning of the crisis; where Al Marri visited the United Kingdom three times, during which he held two hearings with the British parliamentarians. He also met with officials of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its diplomatic network to defend human rights, Mr. Salil Shetty, Secretary-General of Amnesty International, based in London, and held another meeting with the International Federation of Journalists.
* list of MPs who signed the petition submitted to the Prime Minister:
|Blackman, Kirsty||Aberdeen North||04.12.2017|
|Bottomley, Peter||Worthing West||28.11.2017|
|Brown, Alan||Kilmarnock and Loudoun||04.12.2017|
|Carden, Dan||Liverpool Walton||28.11.2017|
|Cunningham, Jim||Coventry South||29.11.2017|
|Day, Martyn||Linlithgow and East Falkirk||29.11.2017|
|Hendry, Drew||Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey||08.01.2018|
|Law, Chris||Dundee West||29.11.2017|
|MacNeil, Angus||Na h-Eileanan an Iar||04.12.2017|
|Morris, Grahame M [R]||Easington||28.11.2017|
|Sheppard, Tommy||Edinburgh East||28.11.2017|
|Stephens, Christopher||Glasgow South West||29.11.2017|