*Compensation Claims Committee reflects Emir's keenness to protect rights of Qatari people
*Crisis confirms Qatar's transparency and firm legal commitment
*Qatar will take all legal steps to preserve its security, stability and the rights of its citizens and residents
*Qatar respects bilateral and regional agreements and treaties
The launch of the Compensation Claims Committee reflects His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani's keenness to protect the rights of the Qatari people, who have been unjustly affected by the siege imposed on Qatar, HE the Minister of Justice Dr Hassan bin Lahdan Saqr al-Mohannadi said.
The Minister said the new step comes within the directives of the Emir which include protecting the right of compensation to citizens who are facing aggressive measures that affect wide categories and segments of the society.
In press statements on the occasion of the inauguration of the Committee's Headquarters here on Sunday, HE al Mohannadi said the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is eager to follow up on the country's legal position on the matter.
He said the ministry recently hosted a meeting with directors of legal affairs in the State, especially in legal bodies directly related to the repercussions of the crisis, in order to develop the appropriate mechanism to strengthen Qatar's legal position and to follow up on the damages arising out of the siege internally and externally.
HE al-Mohannadi said that this would be co-ordinated through the newly-formed committee, in which the MoJ is a member, to review all social, economic and legal damages to citizens and various legal entities (juridical and natural persons) as a result of the illegal unprecedented measures in international relations, which are governed by multi agreements, conventions and treaties.
The MoJ is home for all Qatari specialists in legal matters and it provides all the attention and training for them, including the Public Prosecution, the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) along with lawyers, the Minister stressed.
In this context, the Minister said Qatar is a State of institutions, and respects bilateral and regional agreements and treaties, stressing that the crisis confirms its transparency and firm legal commitment as opposed to that of the siege countries, which haven't respected these agreements.
Qatar will not hesitate to take all legal measures to preserve its security, stability and the rights of its citizens and residents, he said, adding that Qatar will also take all the appropriate measures to achieve this goal domestically and at the international level in line with international laws and regulations, he said.
Qatar has been subjected to a systematic and unfair campaign of all kinds of abuse targeting it and its symbols, the Minister said, noting that these abuses are documented and would be the subject of legal action.
The Compensations Claims Committee will follow up on each case with full attention regardless of the degree of sustained damages, he explained.
By being part of the Committee, MoJ will also help in receiving, screening and following up on requests of affected parties in addition to taking the appropriate legal measures within its specified legal jurisdiction and through the legitimate and legal channels.
The Minister of Justice urged all citizens and residents not to be dragged into the defamation and abuse campaign targeting Qatar and to comply with the statements of the Government Communications Office and other official entities calling for restraint in the standoff over this campaign.
HE al-Mohannadi noted that the Ministry is taking the appropriate legal measures to prosecute those defaming Qatar and it welcomes communication on means of backing Qatar's legal position in this regard.
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