'More than 13,000 people hit by decision to severe ties'
June 15 2017 07:13 PM
National Human Rights Committe (NHRC), Doha
National Human Rights Committe (NHRC), Doha


The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) of Qatar has announced that at least 13,314 people were directly affected by the decision of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to sever relations with Qatar.

This came in a report released by NHRC documenting the violations against the citizens of the four Gulf states following the decision by three Gulf states (Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain) to cut ties with Qatar, impose a land blockade and close the airspace and sea routes.

Additionally, these three states notified their citizens that they have to leave Qatar within 14 days, and banned Qatari citizens from entering their lands.

The violations included family separations, suspending the right to travel, education, work, freedom of opinion, residency and ownership, the report published by Al Sharq Qatari daily said yesterday.

The report adds that not only did Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain take severe steps on 5 June, 2017, that involved the shutting down of sea, land, and air routes, but also actions that affected the Gulf citizens. Such actions disregarded all human rights and humanitarian standards.

Chairman of NHRC, Dr Ali al-Marri, said the Conflict Resolution Commission of the GCC has to play its role in resolving the ongoing rift, and even more vitally when the conflict directly affects the lives and rights of a large number of the GCC citizens.

The NHRC team recorded roughly 764 complaints regarding various types of violations against citizens of the four Gulf states between 5 June, the date on which the blockade, ban, and boycott started, and Monday June 12.

The NHRC's statistics are based upon visits by the victims to its headquarters and the special forms prepared by NHRC that were filled by the victims with detailed information, and included copies of the victims' I.D., while some cases victims attached university and school reports, work contracts, family statements, and other documents that are available in the committee's archive.

The report says that the government of Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain have violated in those decisions a number of principle international human rights laws and rules, which are one of the most fundamental human rights.

For the simplicity and unanimity these rules enjoy, and their wide application, these rules are treated as international norms.

These resolutions blatantly violate a number of Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Most notably: 5,9,12,13,19,23, and 26) and other Articles in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (most notably Part III of Article 6, and Articles 10 and 13) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Part II of Article 2), in addition to Articles in the: Arab Charter on Human Rights (Articles 3,8,26,32, and 33).

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