Geneva: Bahrain’s delegation, headed by Permanent Representative UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Yusuf Abdulkarim Bucheeri, today spoke on behalf of the four countries supporting the fight against terrorism (the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Republic Egypt and the Kingdom of Bahrain).
It was within the framework of the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, within the agenda of the (45) session of the Human Rights Council held at the United Nations Palace in Geneva, from September 14 to October 6, 2020 .
The Arab Quartet welcomed Ms. Alina Dohan, the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, praising the workshop organized in this regard by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, during which the participating experts affirmed that “private customary international law on the responsibility of states justifies taking countermeasures, which may in other cases be considered illegal, by a state affected by an internationally wrongful act perpetuated by another state.
It is the position that the International Law Commission later codified later to limit the excessive misuse of the concept of unilateral coercive measures for political or propagandistic purposes or to mislead the national and international public opinion, and on the other hand, it affirmed the right of states to take national decisions to protect their interests and national security.
The quartet stressed its adherence to combating the concept of unilateral coercive measures that the Group of Non-Aligned Countries has condemned for decades, along with many countries around the world and in all international forums, led by the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council to support the affected peoples.
It expressed its categorical rejection of any attempt to distort this The noble principle and discharging it from its original goals for narrow internal accounts and purposes.
In a related context, Ambassador Dr. Yusef Abdul Karim Boucheri presented a national statement on behalf of the Kingdom of Bahrain in which he endorsed the report of the Special Rapporteur that the absence of clear terminology for coercive measures, which are frequently used, causes their misuse without justifications in line with the United Nations Charter and basic principles of the international law.
This interpretation comes to prevent states from misusing the concept of unilateral measures for political purposes, or to evade some suspicious actions that violate international law, such as financing terrorism, destabilizing security and stability, spreading hate speech, and misleading the international community about the truth.
The Kingdom of Bahrain has sovereign decisions and measures regarding severing diplomatic relations in order to protect its citizens, interests and national security from all these illegal acts in violation of international law.
In this regard, the Ambassador stressed the importance of solidarity with developing countries against the severe effects of unilateral attempts on vulnerable groups in society, and commitment to the principles of international law, international humanitarian law, the UN Charter and the rules and principles governing peaceful relations between Countries.
Source: Bahrain News Agency