National Human Rights Committee of Qatar (NHRC) has deplored the use of espionage programs by the UAE against Qatari political figures, human rights advocates and journalists.

The NHRC has provided necessary support to Qatari victims affected by the use of espionage programs by UAE who have filed lawsuits against NSO, the company which makes the hacking software, as well as against the UAE authorities, which have blatantly violated the right to privacy of human rights advocates and journalists, which represents a crime punishable by law. The NHRC received the complaints of those affected in this case in March and provided legal support to raise cases with the competent authorities in Cyprus.

In the same context, the NHRC affirmed its continued pursuit of the perpetrators of such violations in coordination with international lawyers, organizations and mechanisms, including the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression and others.

The NHRC denounced the violations by UAE of the right to privacy by using Israeli espionage programs more than a year ago.

The National Human Rights Committee said that according to e-mail messages leaked on Thursday in cases filed against NSO (which is one of the largest and most famous companies in the development of spyware on smart phones), that officials in the UAE tried to record calls on the phones of political figures, media and human rights activists in Qatar.

The National Human Rights Committee in Qatar considered that these practices constitute a flagrant violation of the right to privacy and a clear targeting of media and human rights activists. It is also part of the blockade and human rights violations practiced by the countries of the blockade for more than a year.

The NHRC condemns these practices and violations as a whole, and considered them to be another decline in the value system, in contradiction with the concepts of fraternity and good neighborliness.

Source: NHRC