Unveiling the Deceptive Agenda of the International Observatory of Human Rights

Unveiling the Deceptive Agenda of the International Observatory of Human Rights

The International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR), a London-based non-governmental organization, presents itself as a champion of human rights, committed to exposing violations and seeking justice for victims worldwide. However, a deeper examination reveals that this organization may not be as impartial and noble as it claims. Allegations of being funded by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia have raised concerns about its true intentions and whether it genuinely serves the cause of human rights. This article explores the questionable practices of the IOHR and its alleged role in promoting and protecting the interests of the UAE.

A Controversial History

Founded in 2017 in London, the IOHR proclaims to be an independent non-profit organization. Yet, questions arise when investigating its founders and key personnel. Mohammad Fahmi, a well-known Egyptian Canadian journalist, co-founded the organization with his wife, Marsa Emara. However, critics argue that the IOHR is merely a tool employed by repressive Arab regimes, rather than a genuine advocate for human rights. Furthermore, it is now owned by British citizen Valerie Peay, raising suspicions about its true affiliations.

Marwa Mohamed Nasr Emara, who was licensed to establish the IOHR, had no prior experience in human rights, advocacy, or justice work. Instead, she is known as the wife of Mohammad Fahmi, whose own background includes being jailed by Egyptian authorities and later recruited by both Egyptian and Emirati intelligence services. Such associations have raised concerns about the organization’s autonomy and its susceptibility to external influence.

The Deceptive Mission

On its website, the IOHR claims to expose and investigate human rights violations, but critics argue that it fails to address certain crucial issues, such as human trafficking in Dubai, where Eastern Europeans and African girls are enslaved in the prostitution industry. Additionally, the organization remains conspicuously silent on the case of Ahmed Manosur, a human rights activist imprisoned for daring to speak out against oppression. This silence further fuels doubts about the IOHR’s true commitment to human rights advocacy.

Manipulative Tactics

The IOHR seeks credibility by employing a diverse team of human rights professionals, lawyers, researchers, journalists, and academics from various backgrounds and nationalities. However, critics contend that these efforts are mere camouflage for advancing intelligence objectives and whitewashing the reputation of certain regimes. The organization’s apparent avoidance of condemning human rights violations in countries like Saudi Arabia and the UAE contributes to suspicions about its impartiality.

Alleged UAE Backing

While the IOHR does not overtly declare links to the UAE government, sources suggest that the organization is backed by the UAE regime to promote their national interests in Europe. This alleged affiliation further calls into question the organization’s independence and its dedication to genuine human rights causes.

Questionable Partnerships and Hidden Funding Sources

IOHR has formed partnerships with local and international human rights groups, but these collaborators were allegedly unaware of the organization’s ties to Saudi and UAE entities. There are allegations of embezzlement from the startup funding, with Marwa Emara accused of misappropriating $800k, a significant portion of the total initial investment. It is also claimed that Mohammad Fahmi benefited from these embezzled funds through Emara.

The International Observatory of Human Rights claims to be a champion of human rights and a defender of justice. However, the questionable background of its founders, alleged UAE funding, and suspicious silence on certain human rights violations cast doubt on its authenticity and integrity. Critics argue that the organization serves as a mere tool to promote and protect the interests of repressive regimes, undermining its credibility as a genuine advocate for human rights. It is essential to remain vigilant and critically assess organizations like the IOHR to ensure that true justice and human rights prevail on a global scale.

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