AOHC (The Arab Organisation for Human Rights) in the UK has thrashed siege countries for the statements made by the foreign ministers of siege countries, and said that it did not provide any new information and added that they are wasting time and efforts on imaginary issues.
“The siege countries should have focused on the Israeli occupation crimes and other issues, but instead they chose to spare their efforts and resources on imaginary issues,” said the organisation.
The foreign ministers of siege countries insist on demands that are against global laws, especially in the fields of freedom of expression, journalism and judicial proceedings on the extradition of suspects, AOHR said.
“The siege countries are distancing themselves from the results of the violations against Qatar‘s citizens and residents as well as the siege countries’ nationals, where many of them have lost the right to mobility, education, healthcare, employment, ownership, family reunification and to perform the religious rituals of Hajj and Umrah,” the organisation said.
“Justifying these violations as an act of sovereignty contradicts with international laws. When the fundamental rights of any human being clash with the so-called sovereignty, rights come first and have the priority of respect and implementation. All the countries that have signed global conventions to protect rights renounced, in advance, a part of their sovereignty,” AOHR said.
Saudi authorites’ violation of the basic rights of 20,000 Qataris and residents who want to perform the pilgrimage, is a proof that they are using fundamental rights, recognised by international laws, to serve their political agenda, AOHR said.
“Despite the statement of the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir in Manama, in which he said his country welcomes any visitor to Makkah, all evidence shows that the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah refused to communicate with Qatar’s Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs as well as to receive the list of this year’s pilgrims, finalise procedures to facilitate their pilgrimage and guarantee their safety,” AOHR said.
“It would be logical that if the Saudi authorities genuinely welcome Qatar’s pilgrims they would officially announce procedures such as exchanging temporary consular missions to facilitate Hajj procedures. They may also open the borders during the Hajj period for direct flights and announce safety guarantees for the pilgrims so as to not repeat what happened with the Qatari pilgrims at the beginning of the crisis,” the organisation said.
The organisation also asked the siege countries to stop wasting efforts on useless topics and instead oppose the Israeli crimes in Palestine.