Qatar’s new Active Diplomacy of Human Rights
The Madrid Journals News – The Arab gulf siege imposed on Qatar has resulted in active diplomacy. Qatar seems to face for armies of Diplomats, international relations, think-tank institutes and policy centers. Add to this, the countries imposing the siege are paying top US and UK lobbyists in hope of steering their county’s policy against Qatar. Since the begging of the siege, Qatar’s diplomacy has been active worldwide in an attempt to resist the efforts of those countries.
The International public opinion seems to support Qatar for the simple reason that they hate Saudi Arabia and its human rights records. The Qatari diplomacy seems to employ human rights to get the support of public opinion.
Seemingly, the Diplomacy of human rights don’t come from Qatari Government, rather they are by a local human rights organization known as the Qatar National Human Rights Committee (NHRC). This committee has been in the forefront since the beginning of the Saudi-UAE led siege.
NHRC held dozens of workshops, conferences and seminars with organizations and politicians worldwide. It has met with dozens of politicians and decision makers across the world to explain the ramifications of the siege and current human rights conditions in the country including the rights of migrant workers and the reported human rights abuses. The committee has made public statements in which it called on the Qatari Government to improve the conditions of migrant workers.
The committee which is independent in its work and projects is headed by a Qatari national named Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri. Dr. Ali Al-Marri was elected as the president of the Arab Commission for human rights at the League of Arab states in 2012. Also, he was elected as the chairperson of the Asia Pacific forum (APF) for the period 2013-2015. The Diplomacy of Al Marri made the siege of Qatar a title on various newspapers and TVs worldwide. He provides new discourse not about the Rich Qatar but the oppressed Qatar which lives in siege and human suffering.
Recently, NHRC visited the UK and held dozens of meetings with a number of UK parliamentarians including members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The meetings discussed the work of the committee and future cooperation.
Meetings were held with Tom Brake MP and Alistair Carmichael MP from the Liberal Democrats Party as well as Baroness Udin and Lord Norman Warner from the House of Lords.
The two-day visit to the UK included also meetings with members of the commons such as Chris Williamson MP, and David Wayne MP, and Grahame Morris MP, Richard Burden from the Labour Party.
Meanwhile, Tommy Sheppard MP, for the SNP Party hosted a meeting where the Qatar NHRC President, Dr. Ali Al-Marri spoke on the achievement and work of the committee.
According to the organization, NHRC was re-organized in accordance with Decree law no. (17) for the year 2010, thereby consolidating NHRC independence as a permanent official body headquartered in the city of Doha with a separate legal personality and an independent budget; this Decree also specified the objectives and mandates of the NHRC.
At the international level, the NHRC was accredited A status by the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights (ICC) which is a representative body of national human rights institutions drawn from all regions of the world; the NHRC is also a member in the Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) which is responsible for the accreditation and classification of national Committees all over the world.