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Qatar violates indigenous tribe's citizenship
08 : 53 AM - 14/09/2017
Jeddah, Se. 14 (BNA): The Saudi National Society for Human Rights said "it was surprised by the Qatari government's sudden withdrawal of citizenship from Shaikh Talib bin Mohammed bin Lahoum bin Shraim along with 54 other members of his family and the tribe of Al-Morrah, including children and women."

"The Qatari government's move violated all their legal rights and violates the principles of human rights and exposes them to displacement in an international precedent similar only to what the Qatari government itself did in 2005, when it displaced more than 6,000 of its citizens from the tribe of Al-Ghofran and withdrew their citizenships without any reasonable justification or compatible with international standards," according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The society stated "that the 55 persons were Qatari citizens who had not been subjected to any trials. The withdrawal came abruptly and, after they were citizens with a permanent identity, they are now displaced without a homeland or stability. They were subjected to all kinds of risks and complete deprivation of healthcare, housing.

"Although the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now providing them with all services to prevent their further harm, this does not negate their full right to their citizenship, which cannot be withdrawn by any law, and the need to return all their usurped rights."

The National Society for Human Rights expressed "its regret and condemnation of this indiscriminate mass punishment, which included children and women because they belong to certain families. Nationality is not a passing gift but an inherent human right. The Society calls upon all humanitarian bodies and organizations to play their role and monitor the situation of these victims. We are now witnessing the 36th session of the Human Rights Council, which seeks to promote the values of protection and advocacy for every right that is clearly and unequivocally denied, and that silence about this blatant abuse, flagrant violation and collective punishment of innocents whose only guilt is that the authorities in Qatar felt that they should be punished, is like participation in it and it is a blow to the credibility of human rights and their universal values."

"All of these persons are now threatened with all kinds of risks arising from the withdrawal of citizenship, and any danger to them is a condemnation of organizations, bodies and human rights around the world, especially the Qatari Human Rights Society, which has ignored this crime and failed to mention it," SPA reported.

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BNA 0548 GMT 2017/09/14


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