Austrian Ambassador to Qatar: Gulf Crisis Caused Human Rights Violations

HE Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the State of Qatar Willy Kempel underlined that the Gulf crisis has caused human rights violations and expressed his regret over the damage caused by the siege imposed on the State of Qatar, especially on Gulf families.

Addressing a lecture on human security organized by the Diplomatic Institute of the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, HE the Austrian Ambassador said that the violations to human rights caused by the Gulf crisis were documented by the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar, noting that his embassy sent those documented violations to the Austrian government.

He expressed regret that the families of both sides were affected by the siege, commenting the State of Qatar for taking the right and proper measures to protect the human rights in Qatar.

On the other hand, HE the Ambassador said that Qatar and Austria are small in size, but they have decided to play a prominent role globally, noting that the two countries share many values, including faith in collective action and openness to the world.

He said that the Qatari government’s handling of the rights of workers and the investigation of labor files is a kind of protection of human security.

On the Yemen crisis, HE Ambassador Kempel described it as a “great tragedy”, noting that more than 1.5 million displaced people in Yemen need humanitarian assistance.

Meanwhile, the Austrian Ambassador described the Syrian crisis as the “big problem” that has gone out of control, stressing the need for international consensus on the solution in Syria and Yemen.

He underlined that the concept of human security means protecting the security of individuals, stressing the importance of an international community’s action to ensure the protection of human rights.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs