The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), will employ a Swiss law firm, to seek compensation for those affected by a decision of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, to cut ties with Doha and impose a blockade against it.

NHRC Chairman, Ali bin Smaikh al Marri said,”We are hiring a Swiss law firm, which will initiate measures to provide legal help to those affected by the blockade. There are a total of 2,451 complaints of various human rights violations, received by the committee, pertaining to the ill effects of the sanctions imposed by the three countries.”

He said, a large number of foreign workers employed by Qatari businessmen, in farms and livestock in Saudi Arabia, have been stranded, as they were prevented from crossing into Qatar by the Saudi authorities.”This is a gross violation of human rights,” Marri added.

He said, it was unfortunate that Qatari nationals owning farms in Saudi Arabia were asked to return to Qatar, while their workers, most of them from South Asian countries with Qatari sponsorship were not allowed to leave Saudi Arabia.

He said, a delegation from the NHRC, on Thursday, will begin a European tour to visit Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands and France, to explain to international human rights organisations, the consequences of the siege imposed by the three Gulf countries on Qatar.

The NHRC will hold an international conference on July 24 and 25, in Doha, to discuss the management of risks to freedom of speech, protection of journalists and the right to access information, Marri said.

Recently, Marri met UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein in Geneva, and submitted evidence of the damaging impact of the blockade.

The delegation met many special rapporteurs and explained how the blockade affected not only Qatari citizens but also many GCC citizens.

According to Marri, the delegation had a meeting with UNESCO officials in Paris, and brought to their notice the cases of violations of right to education of Qatari students in the neighbouring countries.

Qatari children seeking education in neighbouring countries are either expelled or forced to leave their studies.

“There are more than 100 journalists from the three countries living and working in Qatar, who are under pressure to resign and leave their jobs, due to the arbitrary decisions made by the governments of these countries, putting drastic sanctions against Qatar,” Marri said.

These measures have torn apart families. The effect of blockade on Qatar is touching a large number of families living in Qatar, as well as, in the countries that have imposed the blockade.

Besides, Qatari citizens working in these countries are asked to close their businesses and leave, thus violating their right to work and causing huge financial losses to Qatari citizens

Source: NAM News Network