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The United Nations on Wednesday called on Gulf states to respect human rights in dealing with the Qatar crisis, which was launched by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt earlier this month.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad expressed concern Wednesday about the possible negative impact on human rights following the Gulf crisis between Qatar on the one hand and other Arab countries on the other.
"I am concerned about the potential impact on the human rights of many people following the decision by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain to sever diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar," Raad said in a statement.
"The measures taken to boycott Qatar are overly broad and implementable and seriously impede the lives of thousands of women, children and men just because they belong to one of the nationalities involved in the conflict," the statement said.
"Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have issued directives to address the humanitarian needs of families with common nationalities, but these measures are not effective enough to address all cases."
"The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are threatening to imprison and punish anyone who sympathizes with the State of Qatar or opposes the actions of his government," the UN official said in the statement.
"This is a clear violation of the right to freedom of opinion and expression," he said.
The statement urged all States concerned to "resolve this crisis through dialogue as soon as possible and to refrain from taking any action that would affect the well-being, health and work of their citizens and respect their obligations under international human rights law."
Since June 5, seven Arab countries have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, Mauritania and the Comoros - and accused them of "supporting terrorism." Djibouti and Jordan have also cut diplomatic representation in Doha.
While the two Gulf states, Kuwait and Oman, did not sever their relations with Qatar.
Qatar has denied accusations of "supporting terrorism" directed by those countries, and said it is facing a campaign of fabrications and lies reached the level of full fabrication with the aim of imposing trusteeship, and pressure them to waive its national decision.