Human rights meetings expose Qatar’s violations

newsimageGENEVA — A joint delegation from the Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR) in Britain and the Global Campaign against Qatar’s Financing of Terrorism held a number of meetings on the sidelines of the 36th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The joint delegation included the head of the AFHR in UK Abdulrahman Nofal Reyes, Ayman Al-Sabbagh and Iskandar Lomika from the board of directors of the Global Campaign against the Qatari Financing of Terrorism, along with a number of international human rights organizations. The meetings focused on the major types of violations practiced by the regime in Doha, despite the lies by the foreign minister of Qatar with regards the status of human rights in Qatar. The delegation noted that Qatar dedicates millions of dollars to human rights organizations to burnish its biased image. The delegation also reviewed the issue of detentions in Qatar, especially the case of pilgrims who returned from Saudi Arabia after performing Haj, the revocation of nationalities of some Qatari families, and the ill-treatment of foreign workers with regards to unequal pay. The meetings emphasized various evidences that Qatar is funding terrorist groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Daesh (so-called IS) and other terrorist groups. The joint delegation called on the international human rights organizations and personalities to take into consideration these findings to stop the Qatari regime’s violations. The delegation highlighted the lies by Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani during his speech Thursday at the opening of the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council here. — SG