Qatar condemns Israeli killing machine
February 29 2020 12:42 AM
Ali Khalfan al-Mansouri
Ali Khalfan al-Mansouri

QNA/Geneva

Qatar has strongly renewed its condemnation of the Israeli occupation forces' use of lethal and excessive force against peaceful Palestinian demonstrators intentionally, stressing that no one has escaped from the Israeli killing machine whether persons with disabilities, children, paramedics, or journalists.
This came in a speech delivered by Second Secretary of Qatar's Permanent Delegation to the United Nations Office in Geneva Abdulla Khalifa al-Sowaidi before the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council during the interactive dialogue with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, under the second item of the council's agenda, regarding the commissioner's report on ensuring accountability and justice in all violations of international law in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Al-Quds.
Qatar emphasised that what encourages the Israeli military and political leaders to continue committing more violations and crimes is the lack of independent and impartial investigations in accordance with international standards, the absence of accountability.
and the prevalence of impunity.
Also, Qatar called on the international community to take all necessary measures to end the Israeli occupation of the occupied Arab lands, protect the Palestinian people and ensure the recovery of all their legitimate rights, stop violations and crimes committed by the Israeli forces, hold all those responsible accountable and bring them to international criminal justice.
It called for ending the military hostilities and the collective punishment policy imposed on the Gaza Strip and ensuring reaching a two-state solution that guarantees the establishment of an independent and viable State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders and its capital, Al-Quds Al-Sharif.
Al-Sowaidi said that t-Qatar has viewed with great interest the report of the High Commissioner, who clearly indicated that the protests of the great return march by the Palestinian people to demand their legitimate rights, especially the return of refugees, and the lifting of the unjust siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, are of a peaceful nature and that Palestinian protesters did not pose an immediate threat to life or an imminent threat of serious injury.
Meanwhile, Qatar affirmed that the insistence of Israel, the occupying power, on continuing attacks, violations and crimes against the brotherly Palestinian people reflects its true intentions to thwart all international efforts aimed at achieving peace and security, as well as its endeavour to undermine the two-state solution.
This came in a statement delivered by HE the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations Office in Geneva Ali Khalfan al-Mansouri, during the public debate on the updated statement of the High Commissioner for Human Rights held at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
HE the Permanent Representative welcomed the issuance of the database on business enterprises involved in illegal activities relating to Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, calling on the Office of the High Commissioner to conduct an annual update of the database and refer it to the Human Rights Council.
After 1,000 days have elapsed since the blockade and the coercive measures imposed by the blockading countries on the State of Qatar, His Excellency wondered about the measures taken by the Office of the High Commissioner to follow up the report prepared by the technical mission of the Office, which visited Doha in November 2019 to determine the impact of the Gulf crisis on human rights, noting that this report included a detailed description of the numerous human rights violations that affected Qatari citizens as a result of these coercive measures, which are still ongoing until now, adding new patterns of violations emerged that were not mentioned in the report of the technical mission, which requires effective measures to be taken to end them and hold those responsible accountable.
Regarding the situation in Syria, His Excellency strongly condemned the continued military operations carried out by the regime and its allies in northwestern Syria and the city of Idlib, and targeting housing and civilian facilities, which caused the displacement of nearly one mn people, most of them children and women.
His Excellency said that the grave violations and crimes that Syrian people have been exposed to for more than nine years cannot continue and be exacerbated by the inability of the international community to assume its legal and moral responsibilities, especially since the Syrian regime and its allies are exploiting this deficit and consider it a green light to continue the violations and disrupt the constitutional process.
With regard to the situation in Libya, His Excellency stated that the continuation of military operations launched by armed militias against Tripoli and targeting the internationally recognized government of reconciliation cause grave violations and increases the human suffering of the Libyan people and contributes to aborting the national dialogue and diplomatic efforts aimed at reaching a political solution to the crisis.
His Excellency affirmed the commitment of the State of Qatar to continue to cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and support the efforts of the Office of the High Commissioner to carry out the functions and mandate of the Office in promoting and protecting human rights throughout the world.



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