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The Egyptian Coalition for Human Rights and Development Criticizes Qatari Authorities’ Abuses in Preventing Qatari Citizens from Traveling

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

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The Egyptian Coalition for Human Rights and Development has criticized the abuses carried out by the Qatari authorities against a number of Qatari citizens and preventing them from leaving the country. These citizens have filed numerous complaints to international human rights institutions against the illegality of the procedure, which is not based on any justified judicial or administrative decision, nor have they been charged with any charges punishable by Qatari law.

The Coalition considers that these arbitrary decisions violate human freedom of movement, which was adopted by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was stipulated in Article 13 as well as Article 12 in the International Covenant on Civil Rights, which stipulates that everyone has the freedom of movement and choice of place of residence anywhere within the state in which he or she is legally present, and any individual has the right to freely leave any state, including his own which is one of the rights established by Qatari laws.

The Coalition called on the relevant UN agencies to investigate these typical cases:

1- The case of Qatari citizen Najib Mohammed al-Nuaimi, a Qatari lawyer and former minister of justice who is prohibited from traveling by decision of the Public Prosecutor’s Office since 2017. Although the court overturned the ban, Qatari security continued to prevent him from traveling abroad.

2. Mohammed Yousef al-Sulaiti, who was arbitrarily arrested by Qatar’s State Security Service in 2018 for more than five months, was then banned from travelling and not charged, which is a clear violation of both Qatari and international laws.

3- Abdullah Ahmed Al-Muhannadi, a Qatari contractor and businessman who was banned from travelling and whose financial transactions have been frozen without any clear legal basis since 2013 under instructions from the State Security Service and not by judicial decision.

The Coalition called on the relevant UN agencies to intervene and call on the Qatari authorities to stop these arbitrary actions by the security services of the Qatari regime against the citizens of the Gulf emirate.

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