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Amnesty International calls on Qatar to repeal life sentences for Hazza al-Marri and his associates

Qatari provisions that go beyond any ordinary right of Qatari activists.

Amnesty International called on the Qatari system to repeal the unfair sentences imposed on Qatari activists, including lawyers Hazza bin Ali al-Marri, Rashed Ali Hazza Abu Shurayda al-Marri and the poet Mohammed Rashed Hassan Nasser al-Ajami, known as Ibn al- Dhib imprisonment “, who were sentenced on 10 May to life imprisonment, Also Mohammed bin Fateis al-Marri, sentenced by the same Qatari court to 15 years’ imprisonment”, because of the protest against the discriminatory electoral law, which classified Qatari citizens as grades, and deprived a large part of them of their natural rights inherent to any citizen in the world, which is the right to vote and run for office.

Hazza al-Marri

Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said: “The sentencing of Hazza and Rashed Ali Hazza Salem Abu Shurayda, and Mohammed Rashed Hassan Nasser al-Ajami in absentia to life in prison is extremely concerning and it sends a chilling message to the activist community that dissenting views will not be tolerated”.

Lynn Maalouf

Amnesty International says that the closed court resulted in the activists being sentenced to horrific prison sentences, and the organization explained that the charges against those sentenced to “incitement to violence” were illusory and unfounded, whereas they simply exercised their right to peaceful protest.

Despite the Qatari regime’s attempt to discretion over judgements and its holding of a secret trial for fear of popular revenge, the activists revealed the invisibility of the judgement and the amount of fabricated charges brought by the Qatari judiciary to punish its citizens who had claimed their rights and in the entirety of the charges faced by the convicts,“threatening” the Emir on social media, compromising the independence of the state, organizing unauthorized public meetings, and “violating” social values online, and seeking and communicating with a foreign country.

Al Murrah

Private sources told QLeaks that the Qatari regime aspires from this provision not only to retaliation against the Al Murrah tribe, but also trying to achieve what is legally called “public deterrence”, and with these provisions it threatens all its citizens that there is no place for the word “no” in the Al Thani dictionary, nor space for an opinion that contradicts the view of Tamim and his regime.

Sources have also confirmed that this repressive policy of the Qatari regime will only bring shame and disgrace to it and will not be able to mute the voices of freedom and the screams of the rights-holders in a country seen by the Al-Thani as their own farm and treating its nationals as slaves.

In a related context, the Qatari regime tried to improve its image in front of the international community before the start of the World Cup, but was unable to hide the repressive tendency that manifested itself with the activists’ sentences. Amnesty International commented on this point: “It is confusing that Qatari authorities would punish these men while attempting to improve their human rights reputation before the 2022 FIFA World Cup.”

World Cup

Instead of locking away state critics, the Qatari authorities must respect the basic rights of all of their residents. They should also heed the protesters’ call to amend the country’s discriminatory electoral laws.

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