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EXCLUSIVE: Centres and NGOs funded by Qatar

Thursday 08-06-2017 - 10:05 AM
Translated by: Ghada Dajani
Cairo - Egyptian media reports revealed a list of local and regional non-governmental organizations funded by State of Qatar. Egypt, along with other six Arab countries cut off ties with Qatar last Monday over accusations of support of terrorism.
It seems that the corrupt role of Qatar in the Arab region has not only been its support of extremist groups in recent years, but has been extended for more years to gain relations with human rights activists and politicians.
Qatar strive to gain the favour of human rights activists, especially the loud-mouthed ones in the Middle East and the world. The state that geographically occupies no more than 11,571 kilometers was aiming at playing a pivotal role by inciting strife and later resolving it in a manner that serves the goals of the little emirate. So, it dedicated its funds to financially and logistically support international entities that could help it in playing that role.
Al Bawaba News Portal seeks to uncover the most prominent regional and international organizations and institutions supported by the isolated emirate of Qatar until the departure of its Emir because of its role in supporting terrorist groups. Qatar was working towards shaking the stability and security of the Arab region, it caused the death of thousands of people while millions of other Arabs became homeless.  This prompted many calls submit Qatar before the International Criminal Court and charging it with supporting and funding terrorist entities.  
MP Abdel Rehim Ali led such calls as he unveiled the role played by Tamim’s emirate in his writings and interviews. 
Private sources revealed to the "Al Bawaba" that Qatar was the main supporter and  main sponsor of the Future Foundation, which was based in Jordan. Future worked on all aspects of human rights advocacy; democracy, peaceful transition of power and wise governance.  This institution, which no longer exists after it has been closed, provides grants and funding to most human rights activists, whether working individually or institutionally in centers interested in human rights issues.  At the time, the evil role that Qatar plays was not so apparent.
The sources continued to reveal the regional and international legal institutions funded by Qatar, including the world's most famous research centers like Al Karama Foundation which was operating from Cairo during the time of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi and later moved to work from Switzerland. Also, The Brookings Institution, an American think tank based in Washington DC with the second headquarters in Doha. In addition, The Carnegie Institute, and the London based Makrizi Centre and Saad El Din Ibrahim, the Egyptian human rights activist who orchestrated the deal struck between the United States and the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood Group, right before it came to power.  Ibrahim who is a close friend of the ruling family in Qatar had arranged for the first meeting between the Muslim Brotherhood and the American administration.  The sources also revealed a relationship between the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and El Karama Foundation, particularly since the former had granted the latter its permanent headquarters in Cairo from during the rule of the ousted Mohamed Morsi. .
Human rights expert and Chairman of Partners for Transparency,  Dr. Walaa Gad El Karim commented on the recent developments towards Qatar saying, “Qatar played a very negative role in interrupting the political transition in the Arab region after the revolutions, it spoiled the Arab Spring by funding terrorist organizations and providing them with all logistics and services. 
ad El Karim added that the democratic experience in the Arab region would have succeeded if Qatar had not done it what it did. It certainly used political and human rights organizations and entities to achieve special interests in the Arab region. Along the same lines, Mohamed Abdel Moneim, Chairman of the National United Foundation for Human Rights stated, “Undoubtedly, Qatar played a role in disrupting Egyptian national security. We are all aware of Al Jazeera’s fabricated videos and the Qatari regime during the time of Tamim and his father.” He added, “Qatar was spying on Egypt and it gathered a lot of information from Egyptian human rights activists, the most prominent among which used to frequent the Brotherhood’s Guidance Office.”  Moreover, he pointed out to the sports utility vehicles deal which was intercepted by Egyptian security officials.  He concluded that many called for this boycott years ago stressing that Qatar does not acknowledge human rights nor social equality. 

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