Qatar describes use of different terms for measures to exert unilateral pressure on states as illegal, unlawful
September 23 2020 04:23 PM


Qatar affirmed that the different terms used for measures intended to exert unilateral pressure on states as well as the use of various names as an excuse to justify such actions cannot conceal the fact that they are illegal and unlawful measures, and they must be resisted and stopped and those behind them should be held accountable.

This came in Qatar's speech delivered by Deputy Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Office in Geneva Abdullah al-Nuaimi during interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights within the forty-fifth session of the Human Rights Council.

Al-Nuaimi said Qatar agrees with what the rapporteur indicated in this regard and affirmed that the use of these ambiguous terms would undermine the rule of law, international order and the work of the United Nations.

"We also share the Special Rapporteur's opinion that the current system does not provide for a comprehensive mechanism to protect human rights, accountability and redress for those whose rights have been violated by unilateral coercive sanctions, and that this reality has led countries that have been subjected to coercive measures, such as the State of Qatar, to resort to various mechanisms," he added.

In this regard, he stressed that establishing an integrated system for the protection of victims of unilateral coercive sanctions would facilitate issues of compensation and redress for those affected by these measures. It would also enhance accountability and holding perpetrators of these violations accountable and prevent their impunity, he said. In this regard, we look forward to knowing the viewpoint of the Special Rapporteur on the best way to establish this system, he added.

Al-Nuaimi welcomed Alina Dohan and wished her success in carrying out the tasks of her mandate, and wished the success of the visit that she intends to undertake to the State of Qatar next November, which will take place after more than three years since the start of the blockade and the unilateral coercive measures imposed on the State of Qatar. 

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