A day of pride to reaffirm our unity with Qatar's leadership, says Marri Dec 08, 2017 0 333 12345 QNADohaChairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr Ali bin Smaikh al Marri has described Qatar National Day as a day of pride for the people of the country and a day for people to reaffirm their unity with the wise leadership.In his statement to QNA on the occasion of Qatar National Day, Marri said,"The National Day has made a difference to the life of the country and its people. It became a starting point of the establishment of the modern state and a day to cherish the past, the flourishing present and the promising future of this country.""Celebrating this day is an opportunity to assess Qatar's achievements in all fields and at all levels", Dr Marri said, adding that this year's theme,"Promise of Prosperity and Glory", reflects the nature of Qatari people, their pride and their trust in their leader.Pointing out that Qatar dealt with the unjust siege and the Gulf crisis professionally, he appreciated Qatar's efforts towards compensating the victims for the material and psychological damages caused by the blockade.Marri added that even though the siege violated human rights, it revealed the cultural richness of the Qatari people who have shown exemplary cohesion throughout the ongoing crisis. Dr Marri said the crisis has revealed the strength of the State of Qatar and its regional and international weight. It has also revealed the support that Qatar enjoys from all the free and honourable people of the world on the issue of an unjust siege that violates all international human rights conventions and principles, he added.In addition, he said that the country's calm and balanced handling of the crisis helped expose the inhumane practices of the siege countries in contrast to Qatar's respect for international human rights and its refusal to deal with the siege countries in the same manner.Marri emphasised the international community's support for the position and policies of Qatar, as well as sympathy for the victims. He said this support and sympathy were seen throughout his tours and meetings with parliamentarians as well as representatives of international and regional bodies.Marri said that the NHRC has made great efforts since the beginning of the siege to deal with the crisis and stop violations caused by it. He said that the Committee has received 2053 complaints from residents and citizens regarding different issues of human rights, as well as 3932 complaints related to violations of siege this year.Dr Marri described the issuance of law to protect domestic workers and establishment of a committee responsible for the settlement of labour disputes as two major achievements of the Committee. Marri said that Qatar also agreed to cancel the exit permit, except for the employees who need to notify their employers in advance due to their nature of their work.Dr Marri stressed that the Committee's priorities in the coming period are to continue monitoring, documenting and publishing humanitarian cases caused by the siege crisis and discussing ways necessary to assist the victims and compensate those affected by the violations. The Committee will also continue monitoring the human rights situation in the country, he said. 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