Geneva: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have called on Qatar to stop funding terrorist groups and respect the rights of migrant workers.
This came in speeches delivered by the three countries before the UN Human Rights Council meeting yesterday to review the rights situation in Qatar.
Saudi called on Qatar to stop its financing of terrorist groups. Doha was also urged not to give terrorist groups media platforms to spread their fanatical ideas.
The kingdom called for the removal of obstacles that hinder Qatari citizens and expatriates from performing Haj and Umrah.
Saudi Arabia expressed deep concern over the tragic humanitarian situation of hundreds of Qatari families belonging to Al Ghufran clan – as the Qatari government withdrew their citizenship, confiscated their money and property and robbed them of their rights to return home.
Bahrain called upon Qatar to take immediate measures to ensure justice for migrant workers and protect them from abuse and exploitation.
The country was also urged to punish offenders and ensure workers receive their wages in a timely manner.
Bahrain called on the Qatari government to develop contractual system to improve labour recruitment procedures and intensify efforts to prevent forced labour.
It also called on the Qatari authorities to implement the National Plan of Action against Trafficking in Human Beings and to ensure justice for victims.
Egypt called on Qatar to take steps to sever all forms of communication with individuals, organisations and terrorist or extremist entities, and stop providing financial or moral support to them.
Egypt also called upon the Qatari authorities to end arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances.
Doha was urged to commit to the International Convention on Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families and to adopt legislation to combat violence against women.
The countries urged immediate measures to end the arbitrary deprivation of citizenship of some Qatari citizens and to restore nationality to those deprived.