11 Mar 2018 – 10:54
By Sidi Mohamed | The Peninsula
DOHA: Qatar will continue its legal efforts against the siege countries in international courts for violation of international laws and human rights against its citizens and residents, Attorney-General H E Dr Ali bin Fetais Al Marri said.
Speaking in a press conference held in Geneva recently that was attended by lawyers defending people affected by siege, Al Marri said: “The Compensation Claims Committee has received more than 10,000 cases related to compensation, human rights and others”.
He noted, “the procedures related to 4217 cases witnessed more progress in international courts and authorities concerned. These cases are divided among the siege countries – Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.”
About the Compensation Claims Committee, Al Marri said that the committee was established during the first week of siege.
The Committee is assisted by International law firms to follow up on these cases and to prosecute the siege countries for violations of rights of citizens. It was inaugurated by the Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, and is receiving all cases of requests and complaints filed by those persons affected by the siege in the public and private sectors. The Committee is also receiving complaints filed by individuals.
The Compensation Claims Committee receives all types of complaints, grievances and requests relating to the siege.
The complaints also include loss of properties, livestock, family investments and cases of divided mixed families whose children have been separated from their parents. It also included seizure of vehicles and prevention of expatriate workers from entering to Qatar with their deported employers.
Since it was imposed on Qatar, the siege has violated the rights of people to travel, their right to education, work, and residency and also separated families. Hundreds of shipments for individuals and local companies were seized in the siege countries. More than 22,000 camels and other livestock seized in Saudi Arabia.