Qatar hails rights body over stance on siege
June 19 2018 11:29 PM
Ali Khalfan al-Mansouri
Ali Khalfan al-Mansouri

QNA Geneva

Qatar has praised the objective and positive attitudes of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) towards the negative repercussions and human rights violations resulting from the unjust siege and unilateral measures that the country has been subject to since June last year.

This came in a speech delivered by HE the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations Office in Geneva, ambassador Ali Khalfan al-Mansouri, on Tuesday at the 28th special session of the Human Rights Council to discuss the updated statement of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“Qatar hopes that the Office of the High Commissioner and the Human Rights Council, through their respective mechanisms, especially special procedures, would continue to pay attention to this issue and to take serious and effective measures to end these violations, hold those responsible accountable and compensate those affected in a just and equitable manner,” ambassador al-Mansouri said.

“Qatar wants to know what further steps the OHCHR could take on the grave violations that had been committed for more than one year, on basis of the findings of the report of the technical mission of the Office which visited the country in November,” he said.

Qatar condemned the continuing violations and crimes committed by the Israeli entity against the Palestinian people and its policies of Judaisation and settlement in flagrant violation of international law, stressing the importance of ensuring accountability of all Israeli political and military officials responsible for these violations.

In this regard, ambassador al-Mansouri said Qatar stresses the importance of the seventh chapter on the agenda of the Human Rights Council, considering that attempts to marginalise or cancel it only encourage the occupation to continue violations of international law.

On the Syrian issue, Qatar’s envoy said that the Syrian regime and its allies bear the main responsibility for the grave violations and crimes committed against the Syrian people, who had to defend themselves against the regime's violence and killing since the beginning of the crisis in response to its peaceful demands. He indicated that the regime tried to create sectarian strife, and an environment that helped the emergence and spread of terrorist and extremist groups, which is strongly condemned by Qatar.

Qatar expressed its appreciation for the approach taken by the High Commissioner in his statement, which reflected a number of positive cases of the cooperation of States with the Office of the High Commissioner and special procedures such as Tunisia and Libya, calling in this regard on the international community to provide the necessary support and assistance in order to continue the process of promoting and protecting their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

“Qatar reaffirms its commitment to continue its efforts to promote and protect human rights and to continue its cooperation with the OHCHR in order to enable it to carry out its mandate in the best possible manner, welcoming the High Commissioner's commendation of its acceding to the two Covenants,” the envoy said.

Concluding his speech, ambassador al-Mansouri appreciated the great efforts exerted by the High Commissioner during his term, which was characterised by initiation, courage and objectivity in defending human rights issues, as well as his support for the victims despite the great challenges and pressures that he and his staff have been subjected to in this regard.

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