The minister of state for foreign affairs HE Sultan bin Saad al Muraikhi said that the unjust siege imposed on Qatar by the four Arab states is not just a violation of human rights, but also of religious principles and values.
Speaking at the opening session of the 13th Doha Interfaith Dialogue Conference organised by Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID), Muraikhi said:”Despite the growing international interest in the protection and promotion of human rights, it is regrettable that there are gross violations of these rights at this time more than ever before.”
He informed that the protection and promotion of human rights is a top priority for the state of Qatar. He also underlined the need for the international community to play its role in resolving disputes peacefully and addressing unacceptable phenomena, including hatred and religious and ethnic intolerance, through raising awareness of the values of tolerance and moderation and renewing moderate religious discourse, while paying balanced attention to various human rights.
The minister also stressed that the right to life and security is one of the most fundamental human rights and any infringement on this right is a clear violation of values and principles advocated by all laws and religions.
Meanwhile, he reiterated Qatar’s stance against terrorism irrespective of its motives and causes, pointing out that Qatar spares no effort to combat terrorism at local, regional and international levels.
The two day conference will see participants from nearly 70 countries who will be discussing three main themes – the vision and concept of human rights in religions, the position of religions on violations of human rights and human rights issues between divine laws and international conventions.