Four Qataris were “forcibly disappeared” in Saudi Arabia in separate cases extending back to May 2017

A human rights group has demanded that Saudi Arabia reveal the whereabouts of four missing Qatari citizens.

According to Al Jazeera, the four Qataris were “forcibly disappeared” in the neighbouring kingdom in separate cases extending back to May 2017.

Among the four citizens in question, Talal Nawaf al-Rashid and Mohsen Saleh al-Korbi were taken. The men entered Saudi Arabia in April and May and have not been heard from since.

Talal Nawaf al-Rashid
Talal Nawaf al-Rashid

Qatari human rights officials said it was unclear why al-Rashid was arrested and extradited, but he is part of the former ruling family of Saudi Arabia before the current rulers deposed them.

The names of the other two disappeared Qataris have not been released to the public. One of them disappeared in Saudi Arabia this year, the other in 2017.

The National Human Rights Committee  (NHRC) based in Doha says it is holding the Saudi government responsible for the fate of the missing nationals, adding it had “grave concerns” about the four.

NHRC chairman Ali bin Samikh al-Marri has asked the United Nations’ Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to send a mission to investigate the cases.

“What the Saudi authorities are doing towards Qatari nationals is shameful and inhumane,” he said. “It will leave a major psychological mark on future generations,” he added.

The NHRC has also contacted the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, urging it to intervene to secure the release of the Qataris.

The news comes in light of the disappearance and murder of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of the Saudi regime. Officials fear that the same fate could be a possibility for the four missing Qataris.

Qatari human rights groups continue to investigate the four cases and seek answers from the Saudi government.


Ahmed Naser is a UK-based journalist with a deep understanding of the Middle East. Ahmed is a contributor to a wide range of regional publications in the Middle East. He works across print and digital media as a freelance editor and writer.

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