Justifying UAE's Inhumane Actions

Profile: The International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR)

1- Name of NGO:

The International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR)

2- Brief & Mission:

The International Observatory of Human Rights is a London-based non-governmental organization focused on exposing human rights violations. The International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR) is a United Arab Emirate and Saudi funded NGO co-founded by the notorious Egyptian Canadian Journalist Mohammad Fahmi and his wife Marsa Emara and now owned by British citizen Valerie Peay. The organisation was established in 2017 in London and claims to be an independent non-profit and non-governmental organisation. However, the organisation is nothing but a state and tool actor to help repressive Arab regimes. It also runs a TV channel dedicated to human rights campaigns, the first of its kind, via the netgem.tv interactive platform.

3- Bias, Agenda & Motivation:

The IOHR (International Observatory of Human Rights) presents itself as a credible non-governmental organization, employing a diverse team of human rights professionals, lawyers, researchers, award-winning journalists, and academics from various backgrounds and nationalities. However, there are concerns that the organization has fallen victim to deceptive practices by a rogue NGO and its operators. These deceptive practices are aimed at using IOHR to “whitewash” the reputation of certain regimes, leading to a biased agenda. Critics argue that the IOHR has remained silent on human rights violations in countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE, raising suspicions about the organization’s true intentions. The IOHR’s manipulative tactics involve leveraging its unique access and the expertise of its multilingual staff to advocate for human rights globally. However, there are allegations that these activities are actually a cover for advancing intelligence objectives.

4- Links to Governments/Political Agenda:

The organization has no direct links to UAE’s government but from the backdoor it is totally backed by the UAE regime to promote their national interest in Europe. 

5- Sources of Funding:

The International Observatory of Human Rights has deceived and lied about who they are or their sources of funding. They also cheated their partners across the UK and worldwide. The organisation created partnerships with local and international human rights groups. Yet, those partners and co organisers never knew that IOHR is funded by Saudi and UAE criminal royals and doggy sheikhs.

6- Activities:

IOHR clearly state on its mission that its “advocacy team meets with governments, members of parliament and global groups such as the European Union, the Council of Europe. But if anyone takes a closer on their website and daily content it will be noticeable that they are silent on human rights violations in United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. For example, there is nothing in their work or agenda about the killing of Jamal’s Khashoggi or war crimes in Yemen.

7- NGO Leadership:

Valerie Peay serves as its director. Peay is also a Trustee Director of the Royal Caledonian Educational Trust in Scotland. 

8- Controversy:

According to the UK Companies House, IOHR was founded and licensed by an Egyptian Woman named, Marwa Mohamed Nasr EMARA, 39. Marwa has no history whatsoever of working in the field of Human Rights, campaigning or Justice. She did not even work or live in the UK. The only qualification that we could reveal here is that she is the wife of Mohammad Fahmi, former Aljazeera reporter who once was jailed by Egyptian authorities then recruited by both Egyptian and Emirate intelligence services

The politically motivated and state funded IOHR claim in its mission “The International Observatory of Human Rights exposes and investigates human rights violations” but as mentioned earlier there is nothing mentioned in their website about Human Trafficking Inc Dubai here Eastern Europeans and African girls are enslaved to work in the Prostitution industry. There is zero mention of Ahmed Manosur the Human Rights activist who is I prison for years for only attempting to speak out against oppression. The list goes on and on where this rogue NGO speak nothing on such issues.

Marwa Emara who founded IOHR and worked for a brief time at the organisation was asked to leave the organisation by her “Emirati” employers and funders. Confirmed source in Dubai revealed that Marwa was pushed and threatened to leave the organisation after she embezzled $800k from the total start-up cost allocated to start IOHR which was in region of $2.4M. It was also confirmed that Fahmi has got a share from the embezzled funds through Emara.

9- Contact Details:

  • Website:https://iohr.rightsobservatory.org/about-us/
  • Address:London
  • Email: info@observatoryihr.org

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