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NHRC Chief Urges For UK Action To End The Crisis

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National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) chairman HE Dr Ali bin Smaikh al Marri has urged for quick action by the UK to end the ongoing crisis in the region.

Al Marri said during a meet with UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London that remaining neutral is a “violation in itself of the rights of those abused by the siege”.

“Remaining neutral is also an encouragement for the blockading countries to continue their act of collective punishment,” Marri added.

He also stressed about the official UN report, which slammed the actions of siege nations and said that it should be an indication that countries can no longer stay neutral.

The NHRC chief also handed to the two UK ministers an official copy of the report of the technical mission of the United Nations’ Office of High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) on their findings following their visit to Qatar.

Qatar is coordinating with various international human rights organisations and encourages them to visit the country. Appreciating the efforts of the UN technical mission, he called on the UK government to support the work of the OHCHR and implement its recommendations to end the siege.

Al Marri praised the efforts of a delegation of UK MPs that visited Qatar and issued a comprehensive report on their findings after meeting a number of people affected by the siege. He added that the UK government now has a legal and moral responsibility to end the unjust siege and support those affected.

In order to highlight the impact of siege, Al Marri gave a presentation on the sufferings of the people of Qatar, and also three Gulf states (Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain) due to the continuation of the unjust blockade.

He explained that the governments of the world are acting as mere spectators or just provide verbal condemnations instead of exerting diplomatic, political and economic pressure on the siege nations.

Marri said the UK, which is known for the integrity of its judicial system and its concern for human rights, can take steps to stand with the victims of arbitrary measures.

Contrary to the media propaganda, the blockading states undermine the stability and unity of the social fabric of the Gulf region, because of their arbitrary measures that caused separation of families, especially after Saudi Arabia’s final closure of the only border port linking Qatar to the world, as well as the broadcast of hate speech recorded in the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

He stressed that the suffering of people should not be dragged due to political situation, adding that the main priority right now must be to end the suffering of those affected by the blockade, and “we should not link human rights to the results of any political negotiations to resolve the crisis”.

Marri reiterated his call on the Government of Qatar not to enter into any negotiation before lifting the arbitrary measures and redressing those affected.

He also said that NHRC’s main concern now is the persistence of the countries of the blockade in their arbitrary and discriminatory approaches, and the absence of any intention to lift the injustice and redress the victims.

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