Send international mission to document siege violations: NHRC chief
23 Sep 2017 - 1:06
The Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr Ali bin Sumaikh Al Marri has renewed the call for urgent dispatch of an international technical mission to Qatar and the siege countries to examine the grave human rights violations committed by the blockading countries.
The international technical mission, Dr Al Marri said should examine human rights violations committed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain against nationals and residents of Qatar, and citizens of the three countries themselves.
He said the commission should hold direct meetings with the victims to listen to their complaints, and document their psychological, material and moral damage they suffered.
This came during a meeting Dr Al Marri held with Dr Craig Mokhiber, Head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in New York, and Deputy Secretary-General for Human Rights of the United Nations, within the framework of his current visit to the United States to mobilise more international human rights support against violations of the human rights caused by the siege.
During the meeting, they discussed the positions of the High Commissioner for Human Rights from the Gulf crisis and the international mechanisms of human rights in the face of human rights violations resulting from the siege. Al Marri thanked the High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Ra’ad bin Zaid, for the efforts exerted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and for its positive and steadfast positions to confront the violations of the siege countries since the beginning of the crisis.
Dr Al Marri gave Dr Craig Mokhiber, a detailed explanation of the latest developments and the latest statistics regarding the violations documented since the beginning of the unhuman siege on the Qatari people and residents in Qatar. He also briefed the UN official on the actions taken by the National Human Rights Committee at regional and international levels to address these violations, and the results of his discussions with international human rights organizations, the Office of the High Commissioner in Geneva and the United Nations Special Procedures Office.
Dr Al Marri also called for the urgent need to work to facilitate the visits of the Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion to identify the repercussions of the siege on the State of Qatar and the siege countries, at the same time, noting that the NHRC had received 3346 complaints as a result of the siege imposed on Qatar, including 620 requests by families affected by this siege.