HE the Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri, has called on the United Nations to conduct international investigations into the violations of the right to practise religious practices in Saudi Arabia
It has become clear that Qataris would not be able to perform the Haj for the second consecutive year on account of the unacceptable hurdles created by the authorities concerned in Saudi Arabia, local Arabic daily Arrayah reported Friday.
The ministry said that the statement did not bring anything new to resolve the obstacles that have existed since June 5, 2017.
For the second consecutive year, Qataris and residents of Qatar are unable to perform the Ramadan Umrah (minor pilgrimage) due to the restrictions imposed by the Saudi authorities.
Pilgrims were trekking en masse in a desert valley near the Saudi holy city of Makkah to perform the third and final day of a symbolic devil-stoning ritual as part of the annual Haj that ends on Sunday.
Awqaf Ministry still awaiting response from Saudi Haj ministry to complete procedures
Though Saudi Arabia's latest move allowing Qataris to use the Saudi-Qatar land border for Haj has been considered a positive development by many, a cross-section of Qataris feel there is still more to be done to guarantee the well-being and comfort of the pilgrims.