Arab human rights bodies have condemned recent threats made by a Qatari professor on the country’s state television channel to use chemical weapons against the nation’s people if they act against the Qatari regime.
The threat was strongly condemned by the Arab Federation for Human Rights and the Arab Organization for Human Rights in the UK and Europe.
Qatari state television broadcasted an interview with Mohammed Saleh Al-Misfer, a political science professor at the University of Qatar and Qatari Emir advisor, on Monday Oct. 9. In the interview, he warned Qatari tribes not to plan to overthrow the Qatari regime.
“The war of Dahis and Ghabra is over and the Basus war is over (too) and the tribal gathering will not do anything,” Al-Misfer said during the interview. “If 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 or 200,000 men gathered, a single bomb of poison gas will crush all these tribes.
“Neither swords, horses, nor personal heroism are counted as they were in the Basus war. Therefore, we say that the rationality of the tribe is still thinking in the medieval way — that this big crowd will work (to overthrow the regime),” he added, saying that other weapons like “tanks, long-range missiles, aircrafts and chemical weapons have now took over and I think, in this case, all massive weapons, God forbid, will be used if something of that sort happened.”
The two Arab human rights bodies expressed deep concern about these statements and the serious message that has been conveyed to Qatari citizens. The statements are of particular concern as the interview was broadcast on state television, which reflects the official position of the Qatari government.
The two bodies called on the international community to interfere and take all necessary measures to prevent such threats from being carried out in a letter sent to the UN Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.