NHRC urges UN to act fast to end human rights violations against citizens of Qatar

NHRC urges UN to act fast to end human rights violations against citizens of Qatar

NHRC chairman met with Assistant UN Secretary-General for Human Rights yesterday, reiterating the need to stop the human rights violations against Qatari citizens and its residents from GCC countries.
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National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) chairman Dr Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri met with Assistant UN Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour yesterday, reiterating the need to move swiftly to stop the deterioration of human rights violations that citizens of Qatar and its residents from GCC countries and other nationalities were being subjected to. He stressed the importance of differentiating between humanitarian issues and politics and noted that while the latter could eventually be resolved through diplomacy and mediation, violation of human rights could not wait for political negotiations.

The NHRC chairman expressed thanks to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for its eff orts towards ending the injustice victims of the human rights violations are subjected to. He said the NHRC enjoys a strong partnership with the office, which is evident in the co-organisation of five international conferences recently.

The most recent one was the International Conference on Human Rights Approach to Conflict Situations in the Arab Region, which took place in February.

He stressed that the committee would continue with its partnership with the office in future. Dr al-Marri also praised the eff orts of the office of the high commissioner’s Middle East Regional Office, and said the NHRC would remain committed to the UN Centre for SouthWest Asia and the Arab Region, which is headquartered in Doha.

He added that there were many joint activities between the committee and the office through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) they signed. Meanwhile, Dr al-Marri held separate meetings at the UN headquarters with the heads of the diplomatic missions of Switzerland, Argentina, Costa Rica, Ghana, Sweden and Liechtenstein and reviewed the developments pertaining to Qatar’s siege and its implications on humanitarian conditions.

The NHRC chairman also briefed the officials on the committee’s course of action during the crisis and its interaction with the UN agencies and international human rights groups to help condemn the violations of the siege and its implications on many of those affected.

Source: QNA

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