In his speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani called on countries to take their responsibilities to put an end to the violation of human rights caused by the embargo imposed on Qatar. During his speech H.E. argued that the actions of the blockading states are in grave contradiction with their position in the Human Rights Council. H.E. also stated that the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, is a stain on humanity.
H.E. Foreign Minister calls upon Human Rights Council to end blockade
On 26 February, His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, urging countries to put an end to the illegal economic embargo which is violating the human rights of the Qatari people.
While the daily lives of Qatari citizens remain unaffected by the blockade, H.E. argued the blockade is violating the human rights of Qataris and therefore called upon the UNHRC to “take up their responsibilities and stop the blockade”.
H.E. stated in his speech that: “Stemming from the just legal position of the State of Qatar and to protect its legitimate rights, I call from this rostrum the Human Rights Council and all its mechanisms, especially special procedures, to shoulder their responsibilities and to work on putting an end to the violation of human rights as a result of these racist unilateral coercive measures. Those who are responsible must be held accountable and victims must be compensated.”
“It is strange that the countries imposing these unilateral measures on Qatar are at the same time co-sponsors of the Human Rights Council resolution on human rights and unilateral coercive measures, and some are even members of this very council”, he added.
The actions of the blockading states show grave contradictions between the actual convictions of these states and their position in the Human Rights Council. “This undermines the credibility of these countries and also undermines the work of the council itself. We must work on saving the reputation and credibility of this council”, H.E. said.
H.E. continued his speech by expressing his regret over the ongoing violation of human rights, despite the fact that the protection of human rights is increasingly becoming a global priority.
With extremism, terrorism and the spread of armed conflicts, the world faces serious challenges. He explained that these challenges have negative effects on human rights and deprive many individuals and communities of their fundamental rights and freedoms as set out in the international human rights charters.
H.E. also spoke about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Eastern Ghouta in Syria. He argued that the crimes of the Syrian regime against its own people – while the whole world is watching – are a stain for humanity. It reveals the extent to which the Syrian regime is indifferent to international humanitarian law.