Report of the Arab Federation for Human Rights Concerning the Current “A” Status accredited by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, as of 26 May, 2017, to the Qatar National Human Rights Committee

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Qatar National Human Rights Committee received a rating of “A” in 2010 for a period of 5 years and was accredited “A” status in 2015 for another 5 years. It is well known that “A” status is the highest status accredited to national institutions indicating its credibility, independence and full compliance with the Paris Principles. However, this report seeks to present cases where AFHR believes that the QNHRC failed to fully act in compliance with the Paris Principles.

AFHR will leverage this claim based on the report published by the QNHRC titled, “The First Report Statement: Regarding the Human Rights Violations as a Result of the Siege on the State of Qatar” issued on June 13, 2017. The report claims the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Bahrain (referred to as the three countries throughout this report) have violated the most basic human rights during the period June 5-12, 2017.

This AFHR report aims to reveal the false allegations and facts put forward in the Qatari NHRC Report. As well as to shed light on the report in order to promote the principles of human rights and ensure that these rights are not to be used to serve certain political agendas; calling on Qatari institutions not to encroach upon human rights in their political battle with their neighbors. The report further request the UNHCHR to investigate and reconsider the current  “A” Status (from Qatar National Human Rights Committee, as well as to reexamine and reassess the committee’s work and performance in the promotion and protection of human rights.

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Report of the Arab Federation for Human Rights Concerning the Current “A” Status accredited by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, as of 26 May, 2017, to the Qatar National Human Rights Committee