Impacts of Blockade and Unilateral Coercive Measures on Human Rights in the State of Qatar

Four Arab Countries, namely Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut their relationships and their maritime, land and air borders with the State of Qatar and imposed un unethical and illegal blockade on the State of Qatar On June,5th,2017. These countries also took measures including expulsion of Qatari citizens from the three Gulf Countries within no later than 14 days, and asked their citizens to leave the State of Qatar within two weeks and not to visit Qatar, in addition to other measures. With the illegal and unethical blockade entering its second year, it is imperative to highlight the humanitarian impacts of the blockade which has been violating the individual and family rights of Qatari citizens, and their rights to education, movement, health, work and personal properties:

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs: It is Time for This Sorry Chapter in Gulf History to End

HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani affirmed that the State of Qatar is stronger than it was before the blockade, stressing that it is time to end this unfortunate chapter in the history of the Gulf. It is time for the blockading nations to abandon their delusions of victory, prioritize the security interests of the entire Middle East, His Excellency added.

HH the Emir Meets US Defense Secretary

His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani met, on Monday 9 April 2018 with H.E. the U.S Defense Secretary, James Mattis and discussed with him means to develop the strategic Qatari-US ties in areas of defense, military and security as well as fighting terrorism. H.H. the Emir and H.E. the secretary exchanged views on ways to strengthen cooperation in countering terrorism.