Wall Street Journal’s recent report revealed how the UN is failing to tide global challenges like terrorism and how immaterial UN sanctions have become. An example of it got unveiled by WSJ report which mentioned that the UN granted permission to Khalifa al-Subaiy to receive a monthly allowance of up to $10,000 from frozen accounts for ‘basic necessities.
The objectionable part is that UN, who blacklisted him for promoting terror activities in 2008, granted him permission to accession such huge funds from frozen assets.
Al-Subaiy is a Qatari financier whom the US alleged of providing financial assistance to senior Al Qaeda leadership, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, September 11 mastermind. It shows that the UN, formed to maintain international peace, is losing its core principle and even spine under the leadership of Antonio Guterres.
Qatar, a gas-rich Gulf nation, has been using the UN and bending its rules as per its convenience. In 2014 the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, announced the extension of the appointment of Qatar’s Attorney-General, Ali Bin Fetais Al Marri, as UNODC Advocate for the Prevention of Corruption for MENA region. corruption cell operated in a corrupt manner.
Qatar also used its influence to suppress the issue of human trafficking for which the regime got sued. At least three employees filed a complaint against Qatari ruler’s sister Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani and her husband, Sheikh Jassim Abdulaziz Al-Thani. They said that they were brought from JFK airport on private jets and who were made to work six days a week without being paid overtime, without protection and were also penalized. One female worker from the Philippines was forced to sleep in front of Abdulaziz Al-Thani’s bedroom room so that she was at his service at any hour. While some of Sheikha’s workers said her son mistreated and physically assaulted them, including pulling hair and breaking their teeth. They added that when workers were fired they were taken to Doha for arrest.
As reported by Inner Press, Qatari royals’ lawyers tried to bury the matter with the settlement. In this regard, a fee was submitted to SDNY Judge J. Paul Oetken on June 1. The total amount of the settlement was $150,000, half of which was attorneys’ fees. On June 10 the proposed settlement at Docket Number 36-1 got approved, and the case got ‘dismissed with prejudice’. Hence, the issue of human trafficking got buried, for money. Qatar royals also used the threat of support from the US State Department to cover up human trafficking.
It shows the UN is not as transparent and genuine as it projects. The report has brought out the disturbing truth that the world’s primary institution built to deal with war, terrorism and human rights is falling and failing. UN’s silence over the matters grave concern raises the need for a brave and decisive new secretary general. It is literally a matter of life and death, in fact, many deaths.