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NHRC calls for supporting Qatar's blockade victims.

QNA Geneva PRESIDENT of National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr Ali bin Smaikh al Marri said that meetings the committee holds with human rights organisations and officials aims to support victims of the blockade and to alleviate the violations of the rights of the people and residents of the Gulf region. Marri was speaking in a series of meetings with Belgian Foreign Affairs and EU officials. He met with the head of the Middle East and North Africa Strategic Committee at the Directorate-General Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also met with deputy head of the human rights division at the Directorate General of Multilateral Affairs and Globalization of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The president of NHRC also met with Chair of the MOG (Middle East/Gulf) Working Group at European External Action Service Roberto Storaci. Marri held another meeting with Director/Deputy Managing Director Middle East North Africa Gulf at the European External Action Service Colin Scicluna. He held the meetings to discuss the latest implications of the blockade on human rights, saying that the only loser from the crisis was the GCC citizen as they have been suffering for 10 years from"limiting of their rights". He added that the reckless policy of the blockading countries and its impact on the lives of the people show that the value of humans have no place in those countries. The president warned that highest priority should be given to alleviate the suffering of the people. Marri further noted that continuing with the crisis does not serve even the people and residents of the blockading countries, calling for further work to support the victims as the leaders of the blockading countries insist on dragging on the crisis. He then highlighted the strong record of Belgium's foreign ministry and the EU in standing by the people and protecting human rights. Marri also stressed that the blockade on Qatar lacks international legitimacy and is based on demands that violate international law, human rights and freedom of expression. He added that he does not want those meetings to focus just on reviewing the violations which are now documented by international organisations, but that the meetings should be the starting point of putting an end to the violations of the blockading countries.

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Publication:Qatar Tribune (Doha, Qatar)
Date:Mar 11, 2018
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