Qatar refuses entry to stranded families in Saudi Arabia

AFHR deplores Doha’s blatant violation of the rights of its citizens
Qatar refuses entry to stranded families in Saudi Arabia
The Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR) on Monday condemned the Qatar government’s refusal to allow Qatari families, stranded at the Abu Samra border in Saudi Arabia, to enter the country.
By Staff writer
Tue 20 Jun 2017 10:37 AM

The Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR) on Monday condemned the Qatar government’s refusal to allow Qatari families, stranded at the Abu Samra border in Saudi Arabia, to enter the country.

The families, whose passports expired, attempted to leave Saudi Arabia to go to Qatar, but have been stopped at the border for several days.

AFHR described it as “a flagrant violation of international human rights conventions by Qatar”, state news agency WAM quoted the rights group, as saying.

The federation called on the international community and international organisations to intervene quickly and force the Qatari government to open its borders to the families concerned, and to respect the rights of Qatari citizens enshrined in the international conventions, particularly the right of movement and travel provided for in articles 12 and 13, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the rights of families, women and children.

Dozens of Qatari families have been stranded at the Abu Samra crossing, with their fate hanging in the balance.

The families of Al Ghafran of Al Marra tribe, who hold Qatari passports, live in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia, and as well as other GCC countries, following the stripping of their Qatari nationalities.

The AFHR said some of those affected raised questions and appeals on the social networking sites, especially Twitter. The families include the elderly and children, and remain without food.

The AFHR said it “deplores this blatant violation of the rights of Qatari citizens and astonished at the Qatari government’s decision that deprives its citizens of their legal and humanitarian right to enter their country, travel and move anywhere and at any time”.

The procedures taken by the Qatari authorities are “illegal and needed to be repealed immediately and without delay because of the negative effects on the stranded citizens”, it added.

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