Amid this diplomatic crisis, Qatar has had the support of the international community, which has not been fooled by the smear campaign targeting Qatar’s people and government.
There is growing support from the international community to end the blockade, and our partners recognize that negotiations cannot begin until the blockade has been lifted.
As US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in July 2017, Qatar has been clear and “very reasonable” in its position during the Gulf dispute. The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian added that same month that Qatar has “shown restraint in reacting to the blockade,” asserting: “France calls for the lifting, as soon as possible, of the measures that affect the populations in particular, bi-national families that have been separated or students.”
The illegal blockade against Qatar has separated families, infringed on the right of free expression, and interrupted medical care and education. Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee has documented thousands of violations of the right to freedom of movement, as well as violations of residence and private property, hate speech, education, and other important issues.
International human rights organizations have also condemned the blockade. In June 2017, Amnesty International released a statement asserting: “With these measures, the governments of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have needlessly put mixed-nationality families at the heart of a political crisis.” Additionally, Human Rights Watch stated in July: “The isolation of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is precipitating serious human rights violations.”