Solve humanitarian issues first, NHRC tells siege countries
June 02 2020 10:58 PM


The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has underscored that the continuation of the unjust blockade of Qatar and the accompanying arbitrary measures for the third year in a row have deepened the immense humanitarian suffering being endured by citizens and residents of Qatar and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
The number of complaints received by the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has reached 4,275, it said in a statement.
Emphasising that the blockading countries continue to target the peoples and tear the Gulf social fabric, in flagrant violation of international and regional human rights conventions, despite the appeals launched by international organisations, parliaments and governments.
"The lack of responsiveness by the blockading countries to the Gulf mediation and rejection of any international and regional efforts to resolve the crisis is only a pretext to perpetuate violations and inflict harm on their peoples," the statement added.
In this regard, NHRC expressed its deep concern at the failure of all attempts to discourage these countries from their violations or even urge them to find radical solutions to end violations, to fulfil the aspirations of the peoples. The committee also strongly deplored the failure of the Gulf system to address the adverse impacts of the humanitarian crisis of the unjust blockade.
Reiterating its position, the committee called for the immediate cessation of grave violations and putting an end to the suffering of the victims by initiating political solutions, in accordance with international human rights agreements. The National Human Rights Committee also noted that disregarding the issue will inevitably lead to widening the gap, tearing the Gulf fabric and losing confidence in the Gulf system.
Accordingly, the National Human Rights Committee called upon the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council to assume the council's responsibilities and expeditiously address the humanitarian implications of the crisis prior to initiation of any political solutions.
The NHRC noted with satisfaction the efforts taken by Qatar to present the matter before international organizations. It also urged the State of Qatar to continue exerting more efforts in this regard.
The NHRC commended the positions of international human rights organisations in documenting violations and condemning the blockading countries, particularly the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the European Parliament .

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