Stop blockading countries’ racist, discriminatory human rights violations: Qatar in UN
Qatar has urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to take necessary measures to stop the racist discriminatory human rights violations by countries imposing a blockade on it.
Addressing a general debate, Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador HE Ali Khalfan Al Mansouri also called on the council to hold the perpetrators accountable, compensate those affected and ensure the recurrence of such blockades is prevented.
Mansouri was addressing the general debate under the ninth item of the agenda of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council under the title racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, follow-up to and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.
Mansouri clarified that this month marks three years since the racist discriminatory measures taken by the blockading countries against the State of Qatar and its citizens, the effects of which are still found in numerous, systematic, and continuous violations of human rights, as the number of complaints received since the beginning of the unjust blockade reached more than 4,000 complaints on gross violations of more than 12 basic human rights.
These violations and measures share their targeting of the affected people based on their affiliation with the State of Qatar, which is discrimination based on nationality, national origin and a direct violation of the provisions of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), he said.
HE the Ambassador stated that the joint families whose members were separated due to the violation of the right to freedom of movement and residence, bear the brunt of these violations, which left a severe psychological impact on them and caused social difficulties that are difficult to correct. He pointed out that these violations affected other basic rights, such as the right to education, ownership, health, freedom of opinion and expression, and the practice of religious rites, among others.
At a time when the world is undergoing many international challenges, the latest of which is the coronavirus (COVID-19), and the need for cooperation and the prevalence of wisdom, racist and discriminatory practices arise to ravage human principles and the values of freedom, justice, and equality, he added.
HE Ambassador Al Mansouri pointed out that experience has demonstrated that racist and discriminatory practices that are the source of government decisions represent the worst forms of racism because they become part of the policies implemented by official agencies by the force of law, and there is no way to resist them through national law systems, which results in the absence of accountability, the promotion of a culture of impunity from punishment, and undermining the rule of law.
HE the Ambassador added that due to the absence of national accountability in the blockading countries for the violations that resulted from it, which contributed to wasting the rights of victims to litigate and seek compensation, Qatar resorted to international fair mechanisms such as the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which issued two decisions accepting the jurisdiction to consider complaints submitted by the State of Qatar against Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and the International Court of Justice, which issued interim orders that include a moratorium on some human rights violations committed by the UAE in the context of this crisis.