Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee: Seventy-year-old Qatari man and son disappeared in Saudi Arabia

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Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee held Saudi authorities responsible for the lives of two Qatari nationals, Ali Nasser Ali Jarallah, 70, and his son Abdul Hadi, 17, and demanded information regarding their fate and their immediate release if they are detained.

The Qatari Human Rights Committee said in a statement, Wednesday, that it had received information from reliable sources, regarding the enforced disappearance Jarallah and Hadi in Saudi Arabia. The information noted that the Qatari citizen and his son entered to Saudi Arabia under a family permit, on Thursday 15 August.

“The information indicates that the Qatari citizen and his son were forcibly disappeared on Sunday (18 August) in the eastern area of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi authorities arrested them and hidden in an unknown location,” the statement pointed out.

The statement condemned the enforced disappearance of the Qatari citizen and his son “which violates all international and regional conventions, especially Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Article 14 of the Arab Charter on Human Rights, as it clearly violates these two people’s rights to freedom and security.”

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The Qatari Committee expressed concern about this enforced disappearance, especially as the Saudi authorities recently adopted a policy of enforced disappearance of a number of Qatari citizens due to the political crisis. It also called on the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Panel on Enforced Disappearance and the UN Human Rights Council to immediately intervene to stop these severe and systematic violations against Qatari citizens.