Arab Federation for Human Rights in Solidarity with Dr. Najeeb Al Nuaimi Calls on the Qatari Government to Stop the Campaign of Repression and Oppression of Peaceful Dissidents

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Arab Federation for Human Rights in Solidarity with Dr. Najeeb Al Nuaimi Calls on the Qatari Government to Stop the Campaign of Repression and Oppression of Peaceful Dissidents

The Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR) is deeply concerned and appalled by the Qatari government’s flagrant violation of the constitutional and legal rights of Dr. Najib bin Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Muhanna Al-Nuaimi, a former human rights lawyer and former Qatari Minister of Justice. The Federation stresses that this is a continuation of the systematic repression and oppression of its peaceful dissidents which contravenes international human rights and domestic laws.

In a statement issued by Dr. Najeeb al-Nuaimi last Saturday, the human rights lawyer and former Qatari Minister of Justice said that his government violated its constitutional and legal rights, pointing out that they violated international human rights conventions, while in practice the Qatari authorities violated the laws and rulings of the judiciary. He also emphasized that there is a need to move to protect citizens who have lost rights.

“I have finally received, with all gratitude, many contacts from universities, human rights committees and international lawyers to clarify my current situation in Qatar,” he said. “Given that the issue is related to the Qatari government’s commitment to the country’s constitution and laws, Justice and fairness, and justice for all, so I issued this explanatory statement.”

“From the point of obstruction and confusion, the Attorney-General of Qatar issued a decree preventing me from leaving the country and then making a malicious complaint against me,” the former Qatari justice minister said. “I have worked in the legal field for many years, during which I held high government positions, and I gave my country a tax that is due with all love for my homeland and for the sake of it and for its noble people. I went to court which justified my innocence and the Court of Appeal issued a decision to cancel the travel ban issued against me.”

“It should be made clear that I will seek to obtain all my rights through all legal means available abroad,” Dr. Najib al-Nuaimi added. “I will also seek all the means to secure my rights guaranteed by the constitution and the laws of the country.”

The Arab Federation for Human Rights expresses its solidarity with Dr. Najeeb al-Nuaimi in order to regain all its constitutional and legal rights and calls upon the international community to investigate Qatari violations against human rights lawyers, the former Qatari justice minister and other Qatari dissidents. AFHR also calls on all human rights organizations inside and outside Qatar to play their role and monitor these repeated violations as well as stand by those affected. AFHR also asserts that silence on the campaign of suppression and oppression of peaceful dissidents is a direct breach of basic human rights and their universal values.

The Arab Federation for Human Rights calls on the Qatari government to speed up the suspension of violations of the constitutional and legal rights of Dr. Najib al-Nuaimi and other opponents of its policies, as these violations constitute an attack on the essential human rights and their legality. They have not carried out any terrorist or illegal acts and have not received any judicial decisions. AFHR also strongly urge the Qatari authorities to respect the freedom of opinion and expression guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all relevant international instruments and treaties. It further calls on all human rights defenders in Qatar to exercise their legitimate human rights work without fear of punishment or retaliation.

Dr. Najib al-Nuaimi is considered one of the voices opposed to the Qatari government. He defended dozens of Qatari dissidents, including the Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajmi, who was sentenced in 2012 to 15 years in prison after a secret trial for criticizing the former Emir of Qatar. The Qatari authorities earlier imposed a travel ban, arbitrary detention and house arrest on Dr. Naimi because of his political views. In a statement, Amnesty International expressed its displeasure at Qatar’s banning Al-Naimi from traveling abroad and called on the Qatari government to lift house arrest. The ban was imposed because of Naimi’s denunciations of the Qatari government, the statement said.

Arab Federation for Human Rights

Geneva –  April 29th 2018

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