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Posted On: 27 June 2019 04:30 pm
Updated On: 27 June 2019 04:34 pm

Qatar asks Human Rights Council to end blockade's coercive and discriminatory measures -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 108

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Here’s what’s happened since last week’s updates: Qatar attends Arab meeting in UAE amid blockade -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 107

27 June, 2019

Those responsible for human rights violations against journalists must be accountable: Qatar

Qatar stressed the need to ensure that those responsible for human rights violations against journalists should be held accountable. This came in the speech delivered by the Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Qatar to the United Nations Office at Geneva Abdullah Al Suwaidi today during the session of "The interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and the Special Rapporteur on the right to education", under item III, within the framework of the work of the forty-one session of the Human Rights Council.

Al Suwaidi said that Qatar has taken note of the report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions submitted to the Council in document A /HRC/41/36 and its annex contained in document A/HRC/41/CRP.1, entitled "Investigation into the unlawful death of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi", adding that in this regard, Qatar reiterates its support for the recommendations contained in the documents, and stresses the importance of protecting journalists from all violations of their rights, primarily the right to life, physical integrity and the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

27 June, 2019

Saudi probe sidelines who ordered killing of Khashoggi: UN expert Agnes Callamard

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Leaders that are attending the G20 Summit in Osaka - Japan - over this upcoming weekend should urge Saudi Arabia to take on "full responsibility" for the "state murder" of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, pressed the United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard when she delivered her report at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Till now, an official Saudi investigation into the murder of Khashoggi by Saudi agents has not examined who could have ordered the murder and has also ignored key suspects.

26 June, 2019

Qatar asks Human Rights Council to end blockade's coercive and discriminatory measures

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Qatar stressed the importance of the role of the Human Rights Council and of The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in working to end the discriminatory unilateral coercive measures imposed on Qatar by a number of States in the region and to hold those responsible accountable.

This came in the speech of Qatar delivered by His Excellency (H.E) Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations Office in Geneva Ali Khalfan Al Mansouri on Tuesday, under the second item of the general discussion on the updated statement of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Human Rights Council at its 41st session.

He said that this month marks two years of discriminatory unilateral coercive measures caused by a blockade imposed on Qatar by a number of countries in the region. He added that the human rights violations of families, students and citizens continue, affecting their right to education, freedom of movement, freedom of expression, and ownership among other rights.

H.E. the ambassador reiterated that Qatar condemned the incitement of violence against people based on religion, stressing the responsibility of the Council and all governments in standing strong against the hate speech against immigrants, foreigners and minorities, especially Muslims.

21 June, 2019

beIN SPORTS cuts off around 300 employees due to piracy backed by Saudi Arabia

On 17 June 2019, Bloomberg reported, beIN Media Group - beIN SPORTS has cut almost a fifth of staff in Qatar due to a loss on pay-TV income from rampant piracy by Saudi Arabia.

The company has laid off around 300 employees in Qatar, or about 18% of the local workforce, said a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because the number isn’t public. BeIN said in a statement it had taken some “difficult decisions to right-size our business” and to reflect the impact of piracy on the company.

beIN has said the piracy is part of a wider diplomatic and trade war with Saudi Arabia, Qatar’s neighbour. BeoutQ’s channels are distributed online and are available over the Arabsat satellite network based in the Saudi capital Riyadh. The Saudi government and Arabsat deny any links to BeoutQ, though Qatar has proof that BeoutQ was illegally transmitting contents of beIN SPORTS during 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ via Arabsat, Riyadh-based satellite provider owned by Saudi Arabia.

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