Violación de los Derechos Humanos en Qatar: La ONU debe intervenir

Qatari Regime’s Human Rights Violation

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Qatari Regime’s Human Rights Violation. The UN Must Intervene

By Souad Sbai

The Emir of Qatar, Tamim Al Thani, is no longer able to hide the flaws of the regime he inherited from his father Hamad. The media campaign linked to the 2022 World Cup, the diplomatic frenzy made of handshakes and photo opportunities, especially with European leaders, and the endless campaign to buy the “pieces” of the Old Continent (economic and productive activities, as well as the political and media world), are no longer enough to salvage Qatari Regime’s public image and to spread the fallacious perception whereby Doha is a “success story” to be envied and admired.

It is well-known internationally that Qatar Airlines has a red-lined balance sheet; a sign that – alongside the half-empty Doha’s Hamad International Airport – shows that the embargo launched by the Arab Quartet against terrorism just over a year ago is working and that the underlying reasons behind the embargo remain valid. Until now, Qatar has not accepted any of the requests made by the Arab Quartet led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, continues to fund the extremism of the Muslim Brotherhood and to destabilize the entire Middle East together with its closest friends: the Khomeinist regime in Iran and Erdogan’s Islamist regime in Turkey.

The foreign workers who are building the new football stadiums for the World Cup 2022 are a matter of public record. The absolutist and despotic methods with which the Al Thani clan has ruled Qatar since 1996, the year of Hamad’s coup against his father Khalifa, have now begun to surface. Khalifa ruled the country wisely, respecting the prerogatives of the various tribal groups that made up the small population of the tiny but very rich emirate. The change in leadership, however, caused a negative turnaround about which the members of the Al Ghofran tribe are throwing light nowadays.

Since Hamad come to power, the Al Ghofran – one of the main tribal families in Qatar – has been subjected to an authentic persecution that got worse since Tamim occupied Doha’s throne in 2013. Illegal detentions, tortures in jail, deprivation of citizenship: this is how the Al Thani regime has been treating the Al Ghofran tribe for more than twenty years. This is how Hamad and Tamim aim to weaken and stifle the domestic rivals who oppose their aggressive policies in the Middle East, who want to cut Doha’s links with the Muslim Brotherhood completely and once and for all, and who are in favor of good-neighborly relations with the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

On the occasion of 39t session of the UN Human Rights Council that took place in Geneva, a large delegation from the Al Ghofran tribe traveled to the Swiss city to attract greater attention. In September 2017, the tribe representatives denounced that their family had been «subjected to dreadful crimes, such as racial discrimination, forced evictions, long periods of detention, and torture that caused psychological damages and the death of numerous family members in the prisons run by the Qatari intelligence Service». 6 thousand members of the tribe were displaced. Tamim’s regime deprived them of their nationality and of their rights as citizens, preventing them from returning home.

However, the Council remains deaf to the pleas for help by the Al Ghofran tribe even though the tribe enjoy the support of the Arab Federation for Human Rights, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, and the World Aid Organization for Human Rights in New York. But the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, does not seem interested in supporting the Al Ghofran cause; she does not seem interested in taking punitive measures against Doha to condemn the abuses committed by Qatar, and she does not seem interested in the restoration of the rights that were violated.

The UN commissioners sent to Qatar to verify that Tamim’s regime is in compliance with the international human rights standards would be appropriate, since the ill-treatment that the Al Ghofran tribe suffered was also inflicted on members of other tribal families, such as Sheikh Shafi Nasser Hamoud Al Hajri, a senior member and leader of the Shaml Al Hawajer tribe, and the famous poet, Mohammed Al Marri, who belongs to the Al Murrah tribe. A member of the Al Murrah tribe, Sheikh Taleb bin Lahom bin Shreim, were 54 members of the family were stripped of their citizenship.

Despite the suppression of dissent, the opposition to the Al Thani clan is alive both domestically and beyond the Qatari borders. The opposition unites all those who want Doha taking a road different to that imposed by Hamad and Tamin, that is an ignominy for the country. Do the growing internal cracks prelude to the fall of the regime? Who is wounded by a coup, die by the coup.

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