Here's what happened last week: Amnesty urges Saudi Arabia to reveal fate of Qatari citizen and his son -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 118
Since the four Arab countries (Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates - UAE, Bahrain and Egypt) imposed an unfair blockade on Qatar, enforced disappearance has been a persistent phenomenon in the Gulf crisis. In line with this, Qatar expressed its concern on Wednesday over the practice of enforced disappearance. Qatar praised the efforts of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to clarify the fate and whereabouts of a number of Qatari nationals who had been subjected to unjustified enforced disappearance, according to a press release by the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs.
This statement came during Qatar's interactive dialogue with the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances as part of the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council, item III, delivered by His Excellency (H.E.) Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar in Geneva Ambassador Ali Khalfan Al Mansouri.
H.E. Ambassador Al Mansouri said that despite the release of a number of Qatari nationals by the Saudi authorities after being subjected to enforced disappearance, they are still holding Qatari student Abdulaziz Saeed Abdullah since July 2018, who forcibly disappeared and is currently suffering from a significant deterioration in his health as a result of torture and deliberate medical negligence. In conclusion, His Excellency stressed the importance of full cooperation with the Working Group and the provision of all information on enforced disappearances, taking all measures to combat enforced disappearances, holding those responsible accountable and compensating victims.
Qatar participated in the 152nd ordinary session of the Council of the Arab League at the level of Permanent Delegates, which kicked off on Sunday at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Arab League, reported Qatar News Agency (QNA). Topics such as Arab relations with international and regional groupings, supporting internally displaced persons in Arab countries, international terrorism and ways to combat it, maintaining Arab national security, and developing the Arab anti-terrorism system were discussed at the meeting.
Kuwait has sounded upbeat over resolving a years-long Gulf crisis and pledged continued its efforts to settle the dispute.
“Kuwait was and is still continuing its efforts to heal the Gulf rifts and solve the crisis among the brothers within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council,” Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid Al Jarallah said in remarks published Sunday.
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and transportation links with Qatar in June 2017. Since then, Kuwait has been continuing its attempt to resolve the crisis.
At a time when the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and international organizations were hoping that the Saudi authorities would resolve the humanitarian crisis, lift violations and compensate victims of the blockade, the Saudi authorities claimed in a recent statement, in which they attempted to mislead the public and provide false pretexts to justify violations, sanctions, and arbitrary unilateral measures, that they had addressed those violations resulting from the blockade.
The NHRC has described the statement issued by the Saudi authorities as an attempt to mislead the public and provide false pretexts to justify abuses, sanctions, and arbitrary unilateral measures, pointing out that the Saudi statement tried to claim that the Kingdom addressed the violations resulting from the blockade. To read more on this, click HERE.
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