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Qatar’s Foreign Minister Addresses UN Human Rights Council

Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, addressed the 37th regular session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva addressing the blockade imposed on Qatar and human rights violations in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta.

He called, “upon the Human Rights Council and all its mechanism bodies to take up their responsibilities and stop the unilateral measures taken by some states against the population of Qatar and put an end to this racist course of action.”

The dispute between Qatar and regional states began in June of last year over unfounded allegations of supporting “terrorism.”  In November 2017, the UNHCR released a report addressing the human cost of the blockade. The report concluded that the blockade violates human rights.

The FM stated that, “Victims must be compensated and perpetrators be held accountable.”

FM Sheikh Mohammed also called on the international community to end the violence and killing of civilians in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta. As of Feb. 18, the day bombardment began, 550 civilians have been killed so far.

The FM specifically stated that, “There is a legal and moral responsibility of the international community to find a solution of the Syrian conflict based on the UN resolutions.”

 

 

FACT SHEET: CEASING THE ILLEGAL BLOCKADE

FACT SHEET: COMBATTING EXTREMISM AT ITS SOURCE

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