AIDHR calls for lifting of Qatar blockade: “This is a violation of international law”

Dr. Ahmad Shahidov: “We condemn actions taken against Qatar”

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of “supporting terrorists” and their arch-adversary Iran – charges Qatar calls baseless. Several countries followed suit.

Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights calls urgently to lift blockade and declares that it is a violation of international law: “The recent crisis in the Gulf region serves only those who are gaining something from the instability in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE are toying with the lives of thousands of Gulf residents as part of their dispute with Qatar, splitting up families and destroying peoples’ livelihoods and education. We express our deep support to State of Qatar, its citizens and our partner organisation – Qatar National Human Rights Committee.”

On 5 June all three states ordered Qatari nationals to leave their territories within 14 days, and announced that all of their nationals had to return from Qatar, threatening penalties for anyone who did not return within this timeframe. More than 11,000 nationals of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and UAE live in Qatar. Many Qataris also live in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and UAE. All are potentially affected by these measures. People with relations from other Gulf states are particularly at risk. There are several cases of people cut off from parents, children and spouses as a result. All these sanctions are strong violation of international law and fundamental human rights, such as freedom of movement and freedom of expression.

We also condemn the closing of Al-Jazeera Channel Offices in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. This is a strong violation of media freedom.

AIDHR will continue and develop ties with Qatar National Human Rights Committee, as with all our friends who have supported us. We are ready to be voice of Qatar State and all Qataris, whose rights are violated. AIDHR is ready to visit Qatar, monitor the real situation, meet with ordinary citizens face to face and prepare report about Qatar Blockade. Later, we spread this report to all international human rights organisations and will deliver it during events and conferences in Europe.

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