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NHRC chief calls for speeding up accountability of siege countries

HE the Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri has called on the United Nations, international organisations and parliaments to speed up the accountability process with regard to the violations of human rights committed by the siege countries that have affected the people of the Gulf.

He also called for accelerating the process of redressing the victims of the siege on Qatar, especially in light of the country’s intention to take legal action against the United Arab Emirates before the Court of Justice (ICJ) for its continuing violations of human rights against Qatar and its citizens. Qatar is also calling on the ICJ to enforce compliance by the UAE with its obligations under international law and to take immediate action to protect Qataris against any future irreparable damage.

This came in a statement made by HE Dr al-Marri following a series of meetings held in Geneva, including Prince Zeid bin Raad, High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations, Beatrice Chamorro, Chairperson of the Special Procedures of the Commission, Valentin Zellweger, Swiss ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, and Karl Haligard, head of the European Union delegation to the UN.

HE Dr al-Marri stressed the need for urgent intervention by the international community to resolve the Gulf crisis, pointing out that reconciliation and peace between countries is required to achieve security and stability of civilians. He said political disputes should not infringe on rights of communities and individuals.