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NHRC raises concerns in UN meetings

Graphic: Dr Ali bin Smaikh al Marri, Chair of Qatar's NHRI, meets the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Chairperson on Qatar's NHRI has raised the serious human rights concerns facing citizens and residents of the country in meetings in Geneva.

Dr Ali bin Smaikh al Marri, Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar, has raised concern about the human rights implications for citizens and residents of the country in a series of meetings on the sidelines of the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates broke ties with Qatar.

The three Gulf States ordered Qatari citizens to leave the countries and demanded their nationals living in the peninsula to return.

The NHRC has been monitoring the human rights impact of this decision on individuals and families in Qatar and across the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Dr Ali bin Smaikh al Marri was scheduled to meet with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad, President of the Human Rights Council Joaquin Alexander Maza Martelli, as well as a number of heads of committees and officials at the Commission and other UN bodies

Dr Al Marri will also discuss the human rights situation with relevant UN Special Rapporteurs.

Date: 13 September 2017

Source: The Peninsula


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