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“The Qatar boycott is not a humanitarian crisis”

“The Qatar boycott is not a humanitarian crisis”

July 24, 2017 2:58 pm

President of TRENDS, Dr. Ahmed Al Hamli, Opinion Contributor to The Hill writes:

Three Gulf Arab states — the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain — and Egypt, have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. In response, the state of Qatar is politicizing human rights in a quest to gain sympathy from the international community. The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar has been issuing reports on the ongoing diplomatic situation and is calling on the government to take steps at the international level, including at the United Nations, to address human rights violations.

International observers should take these claims with a grain of salt because the aim of Qatar’s actions is not the application of universal human rights standards, but instead to forward a narrow, political agenda.

To begin, it is always right for the international community to consider the humanitarian impact of a boycott, embargo, sanctions regime or similar measures on the civilian population of any state. The issue with Qatar is that, at worst, it has been diplomatically and economically inconvenienced by the measures taken by its neighbors. It is irresponsible for Qatar to claim that extensive human rights violations are taking place, especially since these claims are not motivated by a human rights interest.

To read the full article, follow this link: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/international/343011-the-qatar-boycott-is-not-a-humanitarian-crisis

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