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Bahrain, UAE violating human rights amid Persian Gulf dispute

The United Nations has warned Persian Gulf states to respect the rights of citizens amid heightening tensions with Qatar.

On Wednesday, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein said the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain are violating people’s rights by jailing or fining them for voicing sympathy for Qatar.

In early June, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) broke off relations with Doha and suspended all land, air and sea traffic with the monarchy. In their apparent bid to secure US support and that of Israeli regime, the four countries cited Qatar’s links with the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas and accused it of supporting terrorism.

Zeid stressed that the four countries have so far labeled scores of people and entities with supposed links to Qatar as terrorists.

“It is becoming clear that the measures being adopted are overly broad in scope and implementation, and have the potential to seriously disrupt the lives of thousands of women, children and men, simply because they belong to one of the nationalities involved in the dispute,” he added.

He went on to call on Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain to respect the humanitarian rights of families with joint nationalities.

Zeid noted that his office had received multiple reports of specific individuals being ordered to leave their countries’ of residence in relation to the Persian Gulf row.