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Oral Intervention. Clause No.5 – Acts of Intimidation and Revenge

Oral Intervention. Clause No.5 – Acts of Intimidation and Revenge

19 September, 2018

Maat Association for Peace, Development and Human Rights deeply regrets the disregard of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General in their report on cooperation with the United Nations and its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights. As well as their ignorance of the official complaint and report submitted by the Association in May 2018. Whereas, the aforementioned complaint included authenticated proofs that the Government of the State of Qatar had carried out acts of intimidation and terrorization against the Association and its representatives during its participation in the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council. This was implemented by media outlets and organizations that adopt the views of the State of Qatar, and are financed and managed by the Qatari Government. Hence, that was implemented for the purpose of preventing the Association from discussing cases of human rights violations, of which occured on the regional scale, which is sufficient evidence of a relationship in which the State of Qatar has participated. Comes on the top of it, the support of terrorism, extremism, and inciting hate speech.

Although the complaint was officially sent four months ago and we were told that the complaint was received, it was not included in the annual report. While we can not submit that there is a selective method of handling complaints. Therefrom, Maat is demanding a clear response and explanation of what happened, hence more it submits an official inquiry through this intervention on the “fate of the complaint filed in May 2018.” Furthermore, Maat demands the Human Rights Council to put an end to the selective practices which take place by some of those who are supposed to be protecting human rights mechanisms. The Association is also seeking clarifications from the High Commissioner on the reasons for withholding the complaint from appearing in the annual report.

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