Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt ask Qatar to stop funding terror groups


Saudi Gazette report

GENEVA — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt called on Qatar to stop funding terrorist groups and respect the rights of migrant workers.

This came in the speeches delivered by the three countries before the UN Human Rights Council at its meeting to review the human rights situation in Qatar.

In its speech to the council on Wednesday, Saudi Arabia called upon Qatar to take necessary measures to stop its financing of the terrorist groups and allowing them media platforms to spread fanatical ideas.

The Kingdom also called for the removal of obstacles that hinder Qatari citizens and expatriates working in Qatar from performing Haj and Umrah.

Saudi Arabia expressed deep concern over the tragic humanitarian situation of hundreds of Qatari families of Al-Ghufran clan as the Qatari government withdrew citizenship from members of the clan, seized their money and property and discriminated against them with forced displacement in addition to denying them their right to return home.

For its part, Bahrain called on Doha to take immediate steps to remove all barriers for migrant workers, give them access to justice and apply necessary measures to ensure their protection from abuse and exploitation. It also asked the Qatari government to ensure that migrant workers receive their wages in a timely manner and punish any violators.

At the UN Human Rights Council's Review on Qatar, Bahrain also called on the Qatari government to implement reforms to develop the contractual system to improve labor recruitment procedures and to intensify efforts to prevent forced labor.

It also called on the Qatari authorities to fully implement the National Plan of Action against Trafficking in Humans and to ensure that victims reach justice.

Egypt, for its part, called on Qatar to take steps to sever all forms of communication with individuals, organizations and terrorist or extremist entities, and stop providing financial, or moral support to them.

It also called on Qatar to stop providing various forms of support to media platforms that disseminate hate speech and justify violence or incitement to it, whether in Qatar or abroad.

Egypt called upon the Qatari authorities to end all arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances against a number of Qatari nationals, including members of the ruling family.

The Egyptian representative called on Qatar to commit to the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families and to adopt legislation to combat violence against women, including migrant women.

Egypt also urged the Qatari authorities to take immediate measures to end the arbitrary deprivation of citizenship of some Qataris and restore their nationality.