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Amnesty International launched an international campaign to demand that the Saudi authorities reveal the fate of Qatari citizen Ali Nasser Jarallah (70-year-old) and his 17-year-old son Abdulhadi, who entered Saudi Arabia under a family permit on Thursday, August 15, 2019, reported Qatar News Agency (QNA).
On August 18, contact was lost with the Qatari citizen and his son while traveling through Saudi Arabia to visit relatives," the rights group said in a statement, adding, "We are concerned that they have been forcibly disappeared".
In this regard, the organisation sent a letter to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to disclose their fate.
US President Donald Trump will meet the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on September 12, the White House said in a statement on Friday, reported Qatar News Agency (QNA).
The visit "will build on the longstanding partnership between the United States and Kuwait and further strengthen our substantial economic and security ties," according to the White House statement.
It added that "the two leaders are expected to discuss regional developments, bilateral security cooperation, and counterterrorism issues."
The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) welcomed Thursday the decision made by the Committee of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination regarding its jurisdiction over the inter-State communications submitted by the State of Qatar against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as a result of the discriminatory measures they imposed on Qatari citizens since June 2017, and led to severe violations of the rights of citizens and residents, reported Qatar News Agency (QNA. The committee said that the communications came in line with articles 11, 12, and 13 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination of 1965.
The committee stressed that, despite the intensive international efforts in combating discrimination, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continue their challenge to international laws and conventions, by taking punitive measures against the citizens and residents of the State of Qatar that amount to crimes of racial discrimination, noting that these policies have also become the approach they use in implementing their policies and in international relations.
The committee also considered the decision of the UN Committee of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, as a new condemnation, that is added to previous convictions against the United Arab Emirates, such as the report of the technical mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in December 2017, and the decision of the International Court of Justice on 23 July 2018 On Interim Measures, Resolutions of the European Parliament, Reports of International Organizations and the National Human Rights Commission of the State of Qatar.
The NHRC said that it looks forward to the committee's final decision that will be made in the coming months, which it hopes will be announcement of the discriminatory measures taken by the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The committee concluded its statement by saying that it remains more committed than ever to defending the rights of the victims, who continue to suffer since the blockade imposed by the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the Arab Republic of Egypt.
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