London 03 Feb. 2018 (Reuters)
Britain’s 15 MPs signed a petition demanding Prime Minister Teresa May’s government to press for an immediate lifting of the embargo imposed on Qatar and urged the embargo countries to respond to Kuwaiti mediation to resolve the crisis.
British parliamentary mission, which visited Doha from 27 to 29 September 2017, called on the British government to put pressure on the embargo countries to lift the siege, demanding that the countries of the blockade to respond to dialogue with Qatar to resolve the crisis through the mediation of Kuwait, calling at the same time British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson to press his counterparts from the foreign ministers of the embargo countries to ease the measures taken to put an end to the worsening human rights violations caused by the continuation of the crisis for nearly eight months.
Recommendations of the Parliamentary Mission
The British parliamentary delegation that visited Doha issued a report containing its conclusions following its visit to Doha from 27-29 September 2017 to review the effects of the blockade imposed on Qatar since 5 June.
The mission, which included members of the House of Lords and the British House of Common, led by British Labor Party member Graham Morse, met a number of victims and heard their testimonies. The delegation also visited several ministries, including the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, and the delegation heard testimonies about the Saudi authorities’ prohibition of Qataris and residents from performing Hajj and Umrah.
Upon the mission’s return to London, it prepared a report, published in January 2018, on its observations and conclusions on the repercussions and effects of the embargo, according to the documented information obtained from institutions, individuals and ministries, as well as meetings with officials of the National Commission for Human Rights, Minutes and documents on the effects of the blockade on the citizens and residents of Qatar and the siege countries.
The report of the British parliamentary delegation included several recommendations, including the British government’s call for pressure on the embargo countries to lift the blockade and its demand that the countries of the blockade consider responding to the dialogue with Qatar through Kuwaiti mediation.
He also recommended in his report the British Foreign Minister to pressure his counterparts from foreign ministers of the embargo countries to alleviate the measures taken by citizens and residents of Qatar and the countries of siege, to put an end to the intensification of the violation of human rights.
The delegation called upon the British Government to show that the States of the embargo must respect the rights of individuals to freedom of movement, freedom of opinion and expression and the right to family reunification.
The delegation met 100 people affected by the siege
The members of the British parliamentary delegation listened directly to the testimonies of more than 100 cases affected by the siege during their visit to Doha, and held meetings with many people, families, business owners, businessmen and other groups and listened to their testimonies and their suffering and impact on the blockade.
The British delegation, which met with the President of the National Committee for Human Rights, Dr. Ali bin Samih al-Marri and several people affected by the embargo, met with four deputies and officials of the British Parliament, led by Lord Qorban Hussein, Lord Kilk Kony, Lord Nazir Ahmed, House of Lords and Attorney Graham Morris Member of the House of Commons, along with Shazia Arshad, Mr. Jameel, Alastar Sloane, and Wobal Lo Journalist, on the occasion of the parliamentary delegation’s visit to Doha to find out the repercussions of the blockade.
15 MPs direct a petition to the British Prime Minister
In a related context, 15 MPs signed a petition calling for the lifting of the embargo imposed on Qatar immediately and included a petition to the British government to pressure the embargo countries to respond to Qatari mediation. * (List of deputies signed with the news) *.
The House of Commons MP Graham Morris, a member of the House of Commons and signed by 15 colleagues in the House of Commons and Lords, said that the British House of Representatives notes with concern the continued siege imposed on Qatar. He is concerned about the impact of the blockade on the human rights of Qatari citizens and residents in Qatar, Including family separation, restrictions on the right to education, pilgrimage and religious practice, restrictions on financial transactions and freedom of the press.
The members of the House of Representatives are also concerned about the lack of progress towards a breakthrough in the crisis between Qatar and the Quartet.
The signatories indicated that they supported Kuwaiti mediation and called on the British Government to urge the embargo States to make further progress towards a negotiated settlement.
They also urged the government to call on the Quartet to lift the siege on Qatar and ease existing restrictions on the personal rights of residents and citizens.
The Commission on Human Rights wins the trust of British society
The report of the British Parliamentary Mission, signed by 15 MPs from the House of Commons, marks the culmination of the efforts of the National Human Rights Committee, headed by Dr. Ali Bin Samiekh Al Marri, since the beginning of the crisis about eight months ago.