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Qatar to hire Swiss lawyers to sue Gulf blockade states

DOHA: A top Qatari human rights group said on Wednesday it will employ Swiss lawyers to seek compensation for those impacted by the decision of Gulf countries to cut ties with the emirates. (AFP Reported)


Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, chairman of Qatar’s National Human Rights Commission, said his group would take action against Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which cut ties with Qatar this month.

“We’ll be coordinating to start legal action with those affected by these sanctions,” Marri told a news conference. “The three countries are responsible to compensate those affected,” he said, adding many Qataris qualified for compensation.“Some cases will be filed in courts in those three countries and in some courts that have international jurisdictions, like in Europe, related to compensation.”


Marri refused to say which Swiss firm would be employed, but said a statement would be released in the near future.

Many of Qataris own properties and businesses in these Arab countries were affected by the decision to cut ties. One senior official said recently that most Qataris own “two or three properties and a villa” in Saudi alone.

The Gulf crisis, the worst to hit the region in years, shows no sign of abating.

On June 5, the three Gulf states, along with Egypt, announced the suspension of political, economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting “terrorism”.

The Saudi-led bloc closed their airspace to Qatari carriers and blocked the emirate’s only land border, a vital route for its food imports. They also ordered all Qataris to leave and their own nationals to return home.