Report says Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain in violation of human rights due to punitive measures against Doha.

In 2017 an air, land and sea blockade was imposed on Qatar by four Arab countries – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain [File: Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

An independent United Nations expert has urged countries which are blockading Qatar as part of a regional dispute led by Saudi Arabia to “immediately” lift all sanctions against Doha, condemning the punitive measures as a violation of human rights.

In a report published on Thursday, UN Special Rapporteur on the negative effects of sanctions on human rights, Alena Douhan, called for the blockading nations to “immediately withdraw all sanctions/measures aimed at establishing restrictions

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