Qatar: Unilateral Procedures Such As Siege Lead to Gross Violations of Human Rights

The State of Qatar said that the illegal use of unilateral procedures by certain countries and imposing siege in contravention of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, such as the siege imposed by the neighboring countries on Qatar, aims to undermine international order and leaves serious violations of human rights, wondering how the use of unilateral coercive measures in international relations would undermine a democratic and equitable international order.

These remarks were made by Deputy Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the UN in Geneva Abdullah Al Nuaimi during an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on "contemporary forms of slavery", its causes, consequences and the independent expert on establishing a democratic and equitable international order, which is part of the 39th session of the Human Rights Council.

Al Nuaimi said Qatar reiterates the need for countries to adhere, in its foreign relations, to principles of international law concerning friendly relations and cooperation between them as well as full respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity and political independence according to the Charter of the UN and other related international conventions. He also highlighted the importance of refraining from the use of unilateral coercive measures that would have long-term negative consequences for human rights, causes obstacles for trade relations and impedes the full right to development.

Al Nuaimi said the illegal use by certain countries of unilateral procedures and imposing siege in contravention of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, such as the siege imposed by the neighboring countries on Qatar, aims to undermine international order and leaves serious violations of human rights. This requires finding the best ways to limit or resist such actions, he said.

Al Nuaimi said State of Qatar welcomes the visit of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery to Doha, expressing his hope that the visit would achieve its intended goals.

With regards to the mandate of the independent expert tasked with establishing a democratic and equitable international order based on a holistic approach considering all human rights, he said that Qatar has taken note of the vision and priorities identified by the independent expert that will be focused on during implementation of his mandate in the next phase.

Al Nuaimi said Qatar also reiterates the importance of this mandate in promoting and instilling the meaning of international order that is based on comprehensive respect for human rights, international solidarity, justice, peace, rule of law and development.

Al Nuaimi then inquired about the independent expert's vision on his future efforts to implement his mandate with regards to the impact of using unilateral coercive measures in international relations on a democratic and equitable international order and the best methods to limit of resist such actions.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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