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Posted On: 18 June 2020 01:44 pm
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Qatar stresses importance of stopping human rights violations by blockading countries: GCC Crisis Updates Week 157

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Have you missed the most important political stories of this week on the GCC crisis? Scroll all the way down to get the updates on the latest developments in the ongoing Gulf crisis.

Here's what happened last week: US pushes Saudi and UAE to end airspace blockade of Qatar -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 156

17 June 2020

Qatar Achieved Unprecedented Growth After Blockade

Qatar achieved unprecedented growth in all fields after the unjust blockade, said acting Charge d'Affaires at the Embassy of the State of Qatar to the Republic of El Salvador Tarik Othman Al Othman.

In an article entitled "The coming days will be better" published by the Salvadoran newspaper "El Diario de Hoy" on the occasion of the passage of three years since the blockade of Qatar, Al Othman said Qatar managed the crisis in a way that represented a new birth for it and moved towards achieving more accomplishments, indicating that Qatar currently maintains the highest economic growth rates in the region and occupies a leading position as an active regional and international partner.

Al Othman emphasized the commitment of the State of Qatar to support El Salvador and stand by it to overcome the difficult conditions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

16 June 2020

WTO ruling backs Qatar in TV piracy dispute against Saudi Arabia

The World Trade Organization (“WTO”) – one of the world’s most-highly regarded international adjudicative bodies that oversees 164 member countries – has completed an impartial, independent and detailed 1.5 year evaluation of Saudi Arabia’s conduct in relation to beoutQ’s piracy. As part of the proceedings, The Premier League, FIFA, UEFA, LaLiga, Bundesliga and many other sports bodies made declarations directly against Saudi Arabia. Should The Premier League approve the Newcastle takeover by Saudi Arabia, it would be acting inconsistently with its own decisions and factual evidence as part of the WTO proceedings and also its submissions to the US Government, the European Commission and others over the past 3 years – hence the relevance to that takeover.

In its final judgment – published on 16 June 2020 – the WTO has conclusively ruled that the Government of Saudi Arabia has actively promoted and supported the beoutQ pirate operation since the beginning and has wholly breached, and is breaching, its obligations under international law to protect intellectual property rights. The WTO ruling calls upon Saudi Arabia to immediately bring itself into compliance with its international law obligations. Read more HERE.

16 June 2020

Qatar Affirms Importance of Stopping Racial, Discriminatory Human Rights Violations by Blockading Countries

Qatar stressed the importance of the Human Rights Council, and its relevant mechanisms, taking the necessary measures to stop racist discriminatory human rights violations by blockading countries, holding perpetrators accountable, compensating those affected, and ensuring that their recurrence is prevented.

This came in the State of Qatar's statement, delivered by H.E. Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Ali Khalfan Al Mansouri during the general debate under the ninth item of the agenda of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council under the title racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, follow-up to and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action.

H.E. Ambassador Al Mansouri clarified that this month marks three years since the racist discriminatory measures taken by the blockading countries against the State of Qatar and its citizens, the effects of which are still found in numerous, systematic, and continuous violations of human rights, as the number of complaints received since the beginning of the unjust blockade reached more than 4,000 complaints on gross violations of more than 12 basic human rights.

These violations and measures share their targeting of the affected people based on their affiliation with the State of Qatar, which is discrimination based on nationality, national origin and a direct violation of the provisions of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), he said.


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