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NHRC chief urges Germany to raise blockade issue at UNHRC meet

NHRC chief urges  Germany to raise blockade issue at UNHRC meet


QNA
Berlin
Qatar's National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Chairman Dr Ali bin Smaikh al Marri has called on the German government to raise the issue of the serious repercussions of the unjust siege imposed on Qatar at the United Nations Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) next session at the end of February.
This came during Marri's meeting with Head of the Middle East Division at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs Gerhard Schlaudraff and senior officials of the Department of Human Rights in Berlin on Friday.
"As a member of the UNHRC, Germany is very active. We hope that the German government would seek the inclusion of issue of the blockade and its humanitarian implications in the agenda of the UN Human Rights Council at its next session in Geneva," Dr Marri said.
The NHRC chief briefed the German officials about the grave human rights violations as a result of the siege.
Dr Marri also hoped that the German government would raise the issue of serious violations committed by the blockading countries at the European Union and its foreign affairs and human rights committees.
He also told the officials of the German Foreign Ministry that the NHRC intends to send letters to and hold meetings with several delegates of the UNHRC during the next meeting seeking to issue a resolution condemning the violations committed by the siege countries and press for taking into account the conclusions of the report of the UN mission that called for the need to stop the arbitrary and discriminatory measures of the siege countries.
The NHRC chief praised the stance of the German government and its people on the unjust siege imposed on Qatar since the beginning of the crisis.
He said Germany was one of the first countries to take a clear position by rejecting the siege and stressing the need to sit at the negotiation table to resolve the crisis.
He also praised the attention given to the NHRC delegation and the keenness of officials of the German government and parliament to hear the NHRC report on the repercussions of the siege.
In another meeting with media representatives in Berlin, Dr Marri said ending the suffering of the victims of the siege is an urgent priority for the NHRC and it should not be linked to the efforts for a political resolution of the crisis.
He said the committee will not cease its efforts, and will not give up its commitments to the families of victims of the siege, to defend their rights, and follow up all possible legal procedures to redress them.
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