NHRC chief briefs Italian MPs on effects of unjust siege
November 01 2017 10:27 PM
NHRC chairman Dr Ali bin Samikh al-Marri. PICTURE: Jayaram
Dr Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri


Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri held a meeting with a delegation of the Italian Senate and Parliament chaired by MP Guglielmo Vaccaro in Doha on Wednesday.
During the meeting, al-Marri presented a detailed explanation of the grave and growing humanitarian consequences caused by the siege imposed by the Saudi-led bloc on the citizens of Qatar and the citizens of the other three GCC countries, after nearly five months.
The NHRC chairman called on the Italian Parliament deputies to join the efforts of their government and deputies of other European parliaments, whom he had met during his last trip to Madrid, London and Paris, along with the US senators and congressmen, who have reaffirmed their support for the humanitarian cause resulted by the siege of Qatar.
Meanwhile, he praised the "honorable positions" of the European Union, which promised strong action considering that prolonging the crisis would threaten international peace and security.
Dr. al-Marri said that he was not asking for the support for Qatar's political cause, but for the victims of the unjust siege which affects the citizens and residents of Qatar as well as the three GCC countries, noting that any country has the right to sever ties with another country in case of political differences, but this must not affect the people.
Stressing that condemnations alone are no longer sufficient in light of the increasing suffering of thousands of affected people, he called on all parliaments and international human rights organisations to exert more pressure on the siege countries to respond to the calls of the victims.
Dr al-Marri also reviewed the complaints received by the NHRC since the beginning of the siege imposed on Qatar, stressing that the violations by the siege countries and their repercussions on the lives of people are increasing day by day.

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