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Qatar affirms strong stance against coercive measures

Qatar affirms strong stance against coercive measures

QNA
Geneva
Qatar has affirmed its principled and firm stance against imposing unilateral coercive measures in any form, regardless of their reasons and the party that issued them. Such unilateral measures violate the UN Charter and relevant international laws and conventions, especially international human rights law.
This came in the speech of Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations Office in Geneva HE Ambassador Ali Khalfan Al Mansouri to the 48th regular session of the Human Rights Council during the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur Alena Douhan on the consequences of unilateral coercive measures on human rights.
He stated that Qatar’s delegation thanked Douhan for her valuable visit to Qatar, and that they value the fruitful and constructive discussions she held during the visit.
He also extended Qatar’s thanks for her efforts in preparing the report submitted to the council on the visit, saying it was characterised by professionalism and objectivity, in reflecting the impact of the blockade and unilateral coercive measures imposed on Qatar in 2017 and their impact on human rights.
He affirmed that based on the developments related to the outcomes of the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council and the Al Ula Declaration, which was issued by the summit in January 2021, it was agreed to end the blockade and coercive measures that were imposed on Qatar, and it was also agreed to restore relations between Qatar and the four countries.
Bilateral committees were established to discuss a number of issues in order to implement what was agreed upon in the declaration.
He added that Qatar has welcomed this declaration and its subsequent developments, based on its firm conviction in the feasibility of constructive dialogue to resolve differences by peaceful means based on the rules of international law and respect for the sovereignty and independence of states. He stressed that the agreement would reflect positively on strengthening the institutional role of the GCC, to consolidate stability in the region, and to strengthen the bonds of the Gulf societal fabric that was affected by the crisis. In turn it will also be reflected in the further promotion and protection of human rights in the region.
He said Qatar hopes that this crisis will be a lesson to draw from and a catalyst for more cooperation and solidarity to achieve a better future for the solid relations between our countries, and to prevent a recurrence of such crisis.
He expressed Qatar’s support for the recommendations contained in the report of the Special Rapporteur, hopping that it will find its way to implementation. He affirmed Qatar’s continued support for her mandate and its readiness to cooperate with her to carry out her tasks.