Rights group wants monitors to look into Qatar blockade
July 21 2017 11:22 PM

Al Jazeera

A Brussels-based human rights group has asked to visit Qatar to monitor reported "violations and other human rights breaches" affecting citizens and residents of Qatar following a blockade imposed against the country, Al Jazeera reports.
"The siege is in contrast to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of state, especially the principle of non-use of force or threat against other countries, mutual respect and co-existence in peace with neighbouring countries," the Alliance for Freedom and Dignity (AFD) said in a statement on Friday.
The rights group plans to send human rights monitors from 20 countries, including the UK and France, to gather testimonials and statements from individuals and families affected by the blockade.
Their request comes as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the lifting of sanctions against Qatar on Friday.
The rights group said the field visit was essential "to establish an independent picture of the human rights situation" in Qatar.
The independent human rights monitors also asked to conduct "on-the-spot and spontaneous" hearings and meetings with the locals and the Qatari civil society.
The rights group also said it is talking to officials in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, as part of its effort to help resolve the crisis. 
The four Arab states cut ties with Qatar on June 5 and imposed a land, air and sea blockade on the country.
On June 22, the Saudi-led group issued a 13-point list of demands, including the shutdown of Al Jazeera, as a prerequisite to lifting the blockade.
Doha rejected the demands, and the countries now consider the list null and void.
The blockading countries later asked Qatar to accept six “broader principles”.

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