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7 December 2012
Three days after the United Nations climate change conference began here in Doha, a Qatari court sentenced a local poet to life in prison, a move that shocked many activists in the Gulf region and human rights observers. The sentencing of Muhammad Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami came nearly two years after he wrote a poem titled, “Tunisian Jasmine,” supporting the uprisings in the Arab world. “We are all Tunisia in the face of repressive elites!” al-Ajami wrote. “The Arab governments and who rules them are without exception thieves, thieves!” We speak to his attorney and a member of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee.
By Solomon Hughes and Conrad Landin in Britain:
Tories Back Tank Parts for Qatar
Friday 26th February 2016
TORY MINISTERS will “strongly support” the sale of tank parts to the despotic Qatari regime, the Morning Star can exclusively reveal.
Papers disclosed under freedom of information laws reveal that arms firm Lockheed Martin UK met Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood when the company was seeking to sell its turrets, carrying guns or missiles, “which can fit on most [armoured] vehicles, to the Qatari government.”
The Foreign Office responded in official documents that it wanted to “strongly support Lockheed Martin UK in their [redacted] bid” to make the sale.
Campaigners said the allegations show the Tories value arms firms’ profits above human rights in the abusive state.
The revelations also risk painting David Cameron as a hypocrite, as he recently promised to take Qatar’s emir to task over allegations that the Middle Eastern country has supported Islamic extremism.
The papers show an additional Lockheed bid to replace turrets on British-made “Warrior” armoured vehicles sold to Kuwait in the 1990s. A third bid was discussed at the meeting, but the details are blacked out on the disclosed documents. The documents further suggest the British government is interested in supporting Qatari military training — apparently in part to assist the arms trade.
Campaign Against Arms Trade said Britain has licensed an eye-watering £176 million of arms to Qatar since Mr Cameron took office in 2010.
Campaign spokesman Andrew Smith said the new revelations were “yet another reminder of the politically intimate and morally compromising relationship” between weapons executives and ministers.
“The government has consistently pulled out all stops to maximize arms sales, with a particular focus on the Middle East,” he said.
“This doesn’t just put arms into the hands of human rights abusers, like the Qatari government, it also sends the message that the human rights of Qatari people are of less concern than profits for Lockheed Martin.”
The meeting, in which Lockheed was represented by former Whitehall private secretary Christopher Williams, took place in January 2015.
Before his own talks with Qatar’s Emir three months before, Mr Cameron was grilled by Labour MP Steve Rotheram.
The country has also been in the spotlight for the slave-like conditions in which workers constructing venues for the 2022 World Cup have been living and working.
“There are accusations that some British companies are being short-changed on contracts associated with the construction of World Cup venues in Qatar and even claims that some monies unpaid are being siphoned off to Syria and into the hands of Isis,” Mr Rotheram charged at Prime Minister’s Questions.
Mr Cameron replied: “I will be talking to the Emir very shortly, and of course we will discuss all these issues, particularly how we can work together to combat extremism.”
In the same month, former British defence staff assistant chief General Jonathan Shaw said that the Wahhabi Salafism fuelling the rise of Isis was “funded by Saudi and Qatari money and that must stop.”
Human rights groups condemn UK security trade fair. Britain should not be selling ‘non-lethal’ arms to oppressive regimes, say campaigners: here.
Why the U.S. can’t make up its mind on a major fighter jet sale to Qatar: here.