28 Jun 2018 – 8:35
DOHA: Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri called on the European Parliament to shoulder its responsibilities and issue a decision condemning the violations committed by the siege countries against the State of Qatar and setting out their international responsibilities.
Dr Al Marri reiterated that the National Human Rights Committee will continue its efforts to trigger the international justice mechanisms until putting an end to the violations and redress the victims, QNA reported.
Dr Al Marri was speaking during a meeting with President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, in the course of a series of important meetings he held with a number of European officials in Brussels.
The NHRC Chairman handed over a copy of “One Year on the Siege of Qatar” report to the European Parliament President. The report documents all the violations of the siege countries against the Qatari people and the residents on the GCC countries, and the efforts exerted by the National Human Rights Committee inside Qatar and abroad to stop these violations.
Al-Marri praised the positive role of the European Union and the European Parliament towards the siege imposed on the State of Qatar, referring to the European Parliament’s support for the report prepared by the delegation of the technical mission of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights following its field visit to Qatar, and its condemnation of the siege.
He also highlighted the rich discussions during the hearing session he held at the European Parliament and the strong support of the MPs for the efforts exerted by Qatar and the NHRC to stop the violations resulting from the siege imposed on Qatar since the 5th of June last year.
The NHRC Chairman called on the President of the European Parliament to take more effective measures and stronger positions to urge the siege countries stop their violations and to put an end to the suffering of thousands Qatari and GCC families.
Dr Al Marri also gave a detailed explanation of the issue of politicizing religious rituals by the Saudi authorities and its continued intransigence in preventing Qatar’s pilgrims from performing the rituals.
The NHRC Chairman also briefed the President of European Parliament on all the issues raised in international human rights forums in order to stop the violations resulting from the siege of Qatar, as well as the complaint filed by the State of Qatar before the International Court of Justice against the UAE.
Dr Al Marri stressed the importance of continuing judicial and legal proceedings in the international arbitration bodies to stop the violations of the siege countries and to redress the victims of the siege, noting that all the evidence and the reports of the international human rights organizations confirm the involvement of the siege countries in serious violations of human rights, in breach of all international norms, rules and provisions.