Arab rights group calls for British inquiry into Qatar’s terror financing

AOHR asked committees and bodies that investigate charitable activities in Britain to quickly publish the results of their ongoing investigations. (Shutterstock)

The Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR) in Europe and Britain has condemned the funding of Qatar authorities for extremist groups, under the titles of charitable work, humanitarian donations and relief activities.

The organization asked committees and bodies that investigate charitable activities in Britain to quickly publish the results of their ongoing investigations and commit themselves to full transparency in providing the British and international public with facts that Qatar plays a financial role in supporting extremism and terrorism in the name of charitable work.

Chairman of (AOHR), Abdurrahman Nofal, said his organization recently participated in the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council held in Geneva and stressed the importance of the publication of a New Europe report that the Qatari government is funding a suspicious charity based in London and which has been scrutinized in several countries for its association with extremism.

A New Europe report on the funding of Muslim Aid charity in the UK, found that the charity had received 1m Euro in financing from Qatar. In the past, the organization has been investigated by England, Wales, Spain and Bangladesh over its alleged funding of terrorist movements, according to the report.

A follow-up report also questioned why the European Commission gave the same charity nearly 14 million Euros between 2011 and 2014 although it was under investigation by several countries, including English and Wales.

AOHR’s Nofel has called on the British government and the European Union to “quickly apply the law to these institutions funded by Qatar, and not to delay any further in order to protect the peoples of the region from terrorism”.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50
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