Qatari tribe files new UN complaint against ‘crimes committed by Doha’

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Members of a Qatari tribe named "al-Ghofran" have filed a second complaint against the Gulf state to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The tribe is calling for international intervention to protect them and to secure their rights in Doha. The complaint stipulates crimes committed by the Qatari government onto the members, reported Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper on Saturday.

The crimes involved include “revoking their nationalities, forbidding them from the right to work and benefit from international aids.”

One of the tribe’s active members, al-Mury, said on Friday during a BBC broadcast: “We do not want to harm our home, Qatar, but we are dealing with rulers whose hearts are filled with hatred towards any individual carrying the al-Ghofran name.”

The Ghofran clan had formerly complained about Qatar to the UN in September.

At the time, the complaint detailed how in 1996 Qatari authorities arrested and detained many members of the Ghofran tribe. It stated that the brutal methods used to torture the victims, in some cases, led to memory loss and psychological disorders.

It further stated that in 2000, the Qatari government began to revoke nationalities from tribe members and deported them to neighboring countries preventing any chance for their return to their homeland.

In 2005, Qatari authorities ordered the withdrawal of the citizenships of 6,000 tribe members including women and children, the complaint added.

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