Neutrality is no option

 24 Jan 2018 - 14:35

The Peninsula

Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee has rightly called upon the world community to come forward and play an active role in pushing blockading countries to end over seven-month unjustified siege against Qatar.

The world community has not endorsed baseless allegations leveled against Qatar by Saudi-led quartet, it has also condemned human rights violations committed by the siege countries. The world nations have also been calling upon the blockading countries to end ongoing Gulf crisis through constructive dialogue. It is time for the international community particularly the super powers to adopt pro-active diplomacy to protect the rights of the victims of the unjust siege.

National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Chairman Dr Ali bin Sumikh Al Marri has recently called for immediate action to end the siege against the State of Qatar. In his meetings, held recently, with officials at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office on his fourth European tour, he said that governments remaining neutral regarding the issue is a violation in itself of the rights of those abused by the siege.

He added that remaining neutral also is an encouragement for the siege countries to continue their act of collective punishment. He also stressed that the official report from the UN, which condemned the measures taken by the siege countries, should also be the signal that countries can no longer be neutral.
During his visit, Al Marri highlighted that Qatar remains in contact with all international human rights organisations and encourages them to visit Doha to meet those affected directly, unlike the siege countries which continue to operate behind closed-doors and prevent all international regulatory bodies and rights organizations from sending fact-finding missions on the implications of the seven-month siege.

Al Marri stressed that the countries of the blockade, contrary to their media propaganda, continue to undermine the stability and unity of the social fabric of the Gulf region, because of its arbitrary measures that caused the separation of families, especially after Saudi Arabia’s final closure of the only border port linking Qatar to the world, as well as the broadcast of hate speech recorded in the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Participants of Doha Regional Dialogue on Sustaining Peace, held recently, also emphasized on the importance of finding political settlements for conflicts as they discussed the importance of finding new approaches to peace in the world through preventing conflicts, and finding solutions before the start of the conflict.

The Middle East has already been passing through troubled times and confronting numerous challenges to its security and stability with terrorism on the top and under such conditions the region cannot afford Gulf crisis for a longer period. Therefore, international community and organisations must step up their efforts to end the existing stalemate, which will bring the unending human sufferings created by the siege to an end.