Statement of HE Deputy Prime Minister of Foreigh Affairs ta the 37th Human Rights Council

Mr. President,

Mr. High Commissioner,

Excellencies, Heads of Delegations,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

It gives me great pleasure to greet you all and to take part in the current session of the Human Rights Council that we hope will contribute to achieve the expected goals. I am also pleased that my country had the honour of being re-elected to the Human Rights Council and I would like to thank the countries that have placed their confidence in us.

 

Mr. President,

The world is confronted with serious challenges of proliferation of armed conflicts, growing unrest due to acts of violent extremism, fanaticism and terrorism, and the use of unilateral coercive measures that contravene international law, human rights covenants and violate the principle of peaceful relations among States. All these challenges negatively affect human rights and deprive many individuals and communities of their fundamental rights and freedoms which are stipulated in international human rights instruments.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Despite the growing global interest in the protection and promotion of human rights, it is however regrettable that there are still gross and flagrant violations of these rights in many regions of the world.

I informed the Council at its last session of the violations of human rights caused by the unjust blockade and the unilateral coercive measures imposed on my country that have been confirmed by the recent report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Technical Mission following its visit to the State of Qatar last November. The report objectively and systematically describes the serious human rights violations by the blockading countries against citizens and residents both in the State of Qatar and in the blockading countries. These violations continue to this day.
 Based on the State of Qatar’s sound legal position and in defense of its legitimate rights,I call from this forum upon the Human Rights Council and all its mechanisms, in particular the Special Procedures Mechanism, to shoulder their responsibilities and mandates in order to put an end to the human rights violations resulting from these unilateral coercive discriminatory measures, to hold those responsible accountable and to work towards compensating the victims.

Mr. President,

It is both very astonishing and surprising that the Quartet that has imposed unilateral coercive measures on my country are members of the main group that introduced the Human Rights Council's resolution on "Human Rights and Unilateral Coercive Measures", and that three of them are currently members of this Council.

This strange conduct in dealing with the Council’s resolutions reflects a great contradiction between these States’ convictions and policies on the one hand, and between their positions and orientations within the Council on the other hand. This conduct not only calls into question the credibility and seriousness of the Council, but also undermines the council’s work and its efforts, which needs to be addressed with all possible measures to preserve the reputation and credibility of this Council.

Excellencies,
The horrific massacres committed by the current Syrian regime targeting the Syrian people in eastern Ghouta in full view of the whole world is a disgrace to humanity. A disgrace that mirrors the depth of gross violations of international law and international humanitarian law and reflects barbaric and brutal practices infringing human rights, at a time when the United Nations mechanisms on international peace and security have shown their inability and laxity in playing their role to protect the Syrians human rights. Therefore, there is a need for the international community to take all necessary measures be confront the Syrian regime to implement the Security Council resolutions related to the cease-fire and the protection the Syrian people and to intensify efforts to stop the systematic killing and oppression policy, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Syrian regime and to bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to international justice.
We also stress the need for the international community, especially the Security Council, to shoulder its legal and moral responsibilities and to abandon selectivity in order to reach a political settlement of the Syrian crisis in accordance with Geneva Declaration (1) meet the Syrian people’s legitimate aspiration for freedom, justice and dignity.

To this end, we call upon the international community to provide all humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people so as to fulfill their urgent needs. The State of Qatar will spare no effort in providing such assistance.

 Mr. President,
The Palestinian people have been languishing under occupation since the first calamity (Nakba) in 1948.  The aggrieved people have been affected by woes and wars under continued occupation. In addition, the occupation violates in itself the values ​​of freedom and peaceful civilized coexistence reached by human civilization. The decades of Israeli occupation have been accompanied by a wide range of illegal practices by the Israeli authorities, which have been in flagrant violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. There is no doubt that these practices constitute a clear violation of international law and relevant resolutions of the Security Council, which obliges Israel to stop these violations and abuses, to use brutal military force against innocent civilians and to lift the siege on the Gaza Strip.
In this context, we call upon the international community to strive to protect the Palestinian people’s right and to achieve the two-state solution agreed upon by the international community in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy, the Arab Peace Initiative and other international reference, thus ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian State based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
With regard to Yemen, we call on all Yemeni parties to engage positively towards achieving genuine national reconciliation to put an end to the conflict, the suffering and the gross violations of the brotherly Yemeni people’s rights. We also call upon the international community to exert all efforts to implement the Security Council resolutions relating to Yemen, including resolution 2216 of 2015, to take all measures to address the grave humanitarian humanitarian situation faced by the Yemeni brotherly people, to facilitate the access of humanitarian assistance to various regions in Yemeni and to prevent the use of such humanitarian assistance as a means to achieve political gains by any party.

 Ladies and Gentlemen,

The protection and promotion of human rights is one of the top priorities for the State of Qatar which continues its efforts in this field at the institutional and legislative levels in accordance with its national Vision 2030 with all its economic, social, political and cultural aspects and dimensions. This Vision aims at achieving a comprehensive and integrated development based on safeguarding human dignity and promoting and protecting human rights in the framework of justice, equality and consolidation of all fundamental freedoms
In this respect, the State of Qatar has taken significant steps and achieved many of the Millennium Development Goals as well as the Sustainable Development Goals. The State of Qatar has also been at the forefront of countries of the region in the human development reports in recent years.

In the context of strengthening popular participation, necessary legislative tools are being prepared for the Shura Council elections (Advisory Council). It is worth mentioning that this session of the Council has seen the participation   of Qatari women.

Concerning, workers’ rights, legislative and services structure witnessed significant developments to provide a decent life for Qatar's guests who have participated in building its renaissance. According to the statistics of October 2017, about 2.4 million workers have benefited from the unified workers' unified wage protection system.  In the area of strategic planning on human rights, the State of Qatar is currently working towards the adoption of the National Human Rights Plan, which will be adopted in accordance with related international standards.

At the regional and international levels, the State of Qatar continues its efforts to promote and protect human rights through its positive engagement with all States and relevant international and regional institutions. Here I point out that the State of Qatar, with all its governmental and non-governmental humanitarian institutions, continues to provide development and humanitarian assistance to those in need following disasters and conflicts in many part of the world.

 

Mr. President,

In conclusion, I would like to stress the State of Qatar’s continuing approach based on safeguarding, promoting and protecting human rights, at all domestic, regional and international levels. An approach stemming from its firm belief and conviction in these rights. I would also like to emphasize that the State of Qatar continues its policy aiming at constructive international cooperation, which includes support for this Council to enable it achieve its noble work and it to best discharge its duties.

 

I thank you for your kind attention