UAE, Bahrain Denounce Doha Revoking Citizenship of 55 Qataris

UAE, Bahrain Denounce Doha Revoking Citizenship of 55 Qataris
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UAE, Bahrain Denounce Doha Revoking Citizenship of 55 Qataris

UAE, Bahrain Denounce Doha Revoking Citizenship of 55 Qataris

Bahrain’s Manama Center for Human Rights denounced Qatar revoking the citizenship of Sheikh Talib bin Mohammed bin Lahoum bin Shraim Al Morah along with 54 members of his family and relatives.
The center issued a statement saying that the collective punishment of the family is part and parcel of the systematic ‘chaos’ policy Doha practices against its citizens.

Such an act represents a loud violation of human rights, law, and international standards. Doha’s decision to withdraw the citizenships was arbitrary came without any legal grounds.

More so, the Emirates Human Rights Association, in a statement, said, "It is a step that violates all their legal rights, the principles of human rights and exposes them to displacement."

Mohammed Salem Al Ka'abi, Chairman of EHRA, said, "This is an unprecedented international step," adding, "These Qatari citizens have not been subjected to any trials, but their citizenship has been suddenly withdrawn. They have become stateless and are subject to full deprivation of citizenship rights from health care, housing, education, work, freedom of movement and others."

Al Ka'abi expressed regret for this indiscriminate decision, which included children and women, stressing that nationality is an inherent human right. He called on all human rights organizations to play their role and monitor their situation and support them.

The Saudi National Society for Human Rights, NSHR, also declared its surprise towards the sudden withdrawal of citizenship from Sheikh Talib, along with 54 other members of his family and the tribe of Al Morah, including a number of children and 18 women.

NSHR statement said the move violates all the tribe’s legal rights and the principles of human rights, and exposes them to displacement in an international precedent, similar only to what the Qatari government did in 2005, when it displaced more than 6,000 of its citizens from the tribe of Al Ghofran and withdrew their citizenships without any justification or reason compatible with international standards.

The 55 persons were Qatari citizens who had not been given the right to any trials, and that the withdrawal of citizenship came abruptly having been citizens with a permanent identity, they have now become displaced without a homeland or stability and are subjected to all kinds of risks including deprivation of health care and housing.

NSHR called upon all humanitarian bodies and organizations to play their role and monitor the situation of these victims, saying, "We are now witnessing the 36th session of the Human Rights Council, which seeks to promote the values of protection and advocacy for every right that is clearly and unequivocally denied, and that silence about this blatant abuse, flagrant violation and collective punishment of innocents whose only guilt is that the authorities in Qatar felt that they should be punished, is like participation in it and it is a blow to the credibility of human rights and their universal values."

"All of these persons are now threatened with all kinds of risks arising from the withdrawal of citizenship, and any danger to them is a condemnation of organizations, bodies and human rights around the world, especially the Qatari Human Rights Society, which has ignored this crime and never mentioned it," added NSHR.



'Inside Out 2' Scores $100M in its 2nd Weekend, Setting Records

This image released by Disney/Pixar shows Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler, left, and Anxiety, voiced by Maya Hawke, in a scene from "Inside Out 2." (Disney/Pixar via AP)
This image released by Disney/Pixar shows Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler, left, and Anxiety, voiced by Maya Hawke, in a scene from "Inside Out 2." (Disney/Pixar via AP)
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'Inside Out 2' Scores $100M in its 2nd Weekend, Setting Records

This image released by Disney/Pixar shows Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler, left, and Anxiety, voiced by Maya Hawke, in a scene from "Inside Out 2." (Disney/Pixar via AP)
This image released by Disney/Pixar shows Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler, left, and Anxiety, voiced by Maya Hawke, in a scene from "Inside Out 2." (Disney/Pixar via AP)

Weekend number two was just as joyous for “Inside Out 2.”
The Pixar sequel collected $100 million in ticket sales in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, setting a new record for an animated movie in its follow-up frame in theaters, The Associated Press reported. The previous best second weekend for an animated title was the $92 million for “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.” Only six movies ever have had better second weekends.
In just a week and a half, “Inside Out 2” has become 2024’s highest-grossing film to date with $724.4 million globally, including $355.2 million in US and Canadian theaters. That passes the $711.8 million worldwide total of “Dune: Part Two.” “Inside Out 2” will likely blow through the $1 billion mark in about a week, which would make it the first film since “Barbie” to do so.
The extent of the “Inside Out 2” success startled Hollywood, which had grown accustomed to lower expectations as the film industry watched ticket sales this year slump about 40% below pre-pandemic totals, according to data firm Comscore, before “Inside Out 2” came along.
The record haul for “Inside Out 2,” though, recalled past years when $1 billion grosses were more commonplace for the Walt Disney Co. It is also a much-needed blockbuster for Pixar, which after experimenting with direct-to-streaming releases, reconsidered its movie pipeline and approach to mass-audience appeal.
Now, “Inside Out 2,” which dipped a mere 35% from its $154 million domestic debut, is poised to challenge “The Incredibles 2” ($1.2 billion) for the all-time top grossing Pixar release. It could also steer the venerated animation factory toward more sequels. Among its upcoming films is “Toy Story 5,” due out in 2026.
For theater owners, “Inside Out 2” could hardly have been more needed. But it also reminded exhibitors of how feast-or-famine the movie business has become in recent years. Since the pandemic, movies like “Barbie,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “Top Gun: Maverick” have pushed ticket sales to record heights, but fallow periods in between box-office sensations have grown longer. Ticket sales over Memorial Day last month were the worst in three decades.
Some of 2024’s downturn can be attributed to release-schedule juggling caused by last year’s writers and actors strikes. The biggest new release over the weekend was Jeff Nichols’ motorcycle gang drama “The Bikeriders,” a film originally slated to open in 2023 before the actors strike prompted its postponement.
“The Bikeriders,” starring Jodie Comer, Austin Butler and Tom Hardy, came in on the high side of expectations with $10 million from 2,642 venues in its opening weekend. “The Bikeriders,” which cost about $35 million to produce, was originally to be released by Disney before New Regency took it to Focus Features last fall.
The strong business for “Inside Out 2” appeared to raise ticket sales generally. Sony Pictures’ “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” held well in its third week of release, collecting $18.8 million. It remained in second place. The “Bad Boys” sequel, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has grossed $146.9 million domestically thus far.
Next week, the sci-fi horror prequel “A Quiet Place: Day One” and Kevin Costner's Western epic “Horizon: An American Saga — Chapter 1" will hope some of the “Inside Out 2” success rubs off on them.