Qatar Human Rights Association meet with Pope Francis

Dr Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, Chairman of National Human Rights Committee (NHRC(, a senior Qatari human rights official was in a surprise visit to Rome where he met the Pope and discussed various issues.

Within the discussion, the NHRC Chairman focused on the Qatar siege and gave account of stories that often unheard of. Al-Marri called on the Pope to pressure those countries to stop their violations and put an end to the suffering of thousands of scattered families and students expelled from their schools as a result of the continuation of the unjust embargo against Qatar for almost 20 months.

According to the statement of the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, Al-Marri appealed to the UAE authorities and the other countries of the blockade to neutralize civilians and not to involve them in the political crisis and to inculcate their humanitarian consequences in order to protect human rights and defend it. On the peace and security in the world, “warning at the same time that” the persistence of the UAE in their violations will lead to the threat of peace and security in the region. “

During his meeting with the Pope, Al-Marri gave a brief summary of the repercussions of the blockade imposed on Qatar since June 5, 2017, warning of the aggravation of human rights violations due to the intransigence of the embargo countries and their refusal to respond to the complaints and appeals of those affected. “With the calls of international organizations, the reports of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the decision of the International Court of Justice, which calls for rationality and sit at the table to resolve the crisis.

Al-Marri criticized the dual discourse of the KSA, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain governments which claim they support world peace, while continuing to besiege the people and violate their rights. He wondered: “How do the countries of the blockade claim their support for peace? They continue to tear apart and break the social fabric of the Gulf because of punitive decisions that prevent people from communicating; Not only in Qatar, but also their people have not been spared from their racist and discriminatory decisions. ” said the official 

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