Qatar presses UN to take action against Saudi bloc a

Qatar’s foreign minister says the blockade by neighbouring Gulf countries violates international law and human rights and the United Nations needs to take action against the Saudi-led bloc, BBC report.

Speaking at a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva on Monday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said Qatar faced numerous challenges because of the “illegal imposition” by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain after accusing Doha of funding “terrorism”.

Qatar has vehemently rejected the allegations.

The foreign minister said there are currently about 26,000 cases filed with Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee over the blockade. He said he is looking forward to having “measures taken against the blockading countries” by the international community.

“These Gulf countries have taken illegal measures that constitute a grave violation of civil, economic and social human rights, including banning Qatari citizens travelling or transiting through their territories,” Sheikh Mohammed said in the session.

“This has torn apart many families and has interrupted education and the right to work in Qatar.”