UN criticises UAE for human rights violations
UN human rights chief says that he is ‘alarmed’ by the possible impact that Qatar's diplomatic isolation could have on rights of residents throughout the Gulf region.
Yesterday, the UN human rights chief issued a warning in relation to possible breaches of human rights in the wake of the diplomatic and the economic isolation of Qatar.
“I am alarmed about the possible impact on many people’s human rights in the wake of the decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain to cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement.
"It is becoming clear that the measures being adopted are overly broad in scope and implementation,"
"We are receiving reports that specific individuals have already been summarily instructed to leave the country they are residing in, or have been ordered to return home by their own Government,"
Al Hussein continued, stating that he was "extremely troubled to hear that the UAE and Bahrain are threatening to jail and fine people who express sympathy for Qatar or opposition to their own governments’ actions, as this would appear to be a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression or opinion,"