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NHRC won’t rest until blockade victims are compensated: Marri

NHRC won’t rest until blockade victims are compensated: Marri

QNA
Washington
National Human Rights Committee Chairman HE Dr Ali bin Smaikh al Marri has affirmed the committee’s commitment to take necessary legal measures to condemn the blockading countries because of their violations that have lasted for 1,000 days.
The blockading countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE, will not be spared international condemnation of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the International Court of Justice, he added.
“The NHRC will not rest until the victims are compensated, regardless of the fate of the crisis politically,” Dr Marri said during his visit to Washington.
During his meetings with US State Department officials, Dr Marri said citizens and residents of Qatar have faced 1,000 days of racial discrimination and “one of the most dangerous aspects of the suffering is the obstacles imposed by the blockading states — especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE – that curtailed the freedom of movement.”
“Undermining the freedom of movement resulted in dispersion of Gulf families, forcing many families to separate, in addition to violating the rights of Qataris and residents to practice their religious rites,” he noted.
“Today, we in Qatar are facing an unjust blockade. It is among the worst forms of the blockade that has deprived thousands of citizens and residents in the Gulf states of their basic rights, especially the right to treatment, transportation, education, and family unification.”
He added: “The blockade affected the human rights situation in the region, and led to a loss of confidence in regional human rights mechanisms and conflict resolution.”
Dr Marri presented an overview of the progress of the cases before the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination against Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and the cases before the International Court of Justice against Abu Dhabi.
He said, “All cases brought before the Committee on Racial Discrimination and the International Court of Justice will demonstrate to the world that what has been practiced against Qataris is racial discrimination.”
He said, “The Gulf community is shocked by these racist practices committed by the UAE and Saudi Arabia against the citizens and residents of Qatar.”
Addressing the officials of the US State Department, he said, “Every year, the US State Department issues a report that records human rights violations in the world, and we demand that the violations of human rights by the blockading countries be included in the next report of the US State Department.”
“The violations are endorsed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Parliament and many parliaments and human rights organizations in the United States of America and the world. Therefore, we see it necessary to include violations of the blockading countries in the report of the US State Department on the human rights situation in the world.”
Dr Marri confirmed that the committee continues to urge the Qatari government to continue the reforms it is undertaking to protect and defend the rights of citizens and residents in Qatar alike.
On the recent reforms that the Qatari government has taken to protect the rights of expatriates, he said, “As you know, the International Labor Organization welcomed the reforms of Qatar for the benefit of expatriate workers. Many human rights organisations have also encouraged the Qatari government to proceed with the reforms approach. We, on our part, welcomed the reforms and new legislation. We continue to urge the government, through the various reports and recommendations issued by the NHRC, to continue the reforms.”