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Blockade Could Lead To The Division Of The Gulf Region, Says QU Academic

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A senior academic at Qatar University (QU) said that the blockade could make way for another crisis in the region like the establishment of new military, political and economic alliances and the division of the Gulf region.

“The political perspective of the blockade countries lies on military anticipation, substituting the concept of settlement with the concept of force, the concept of justice with the concept of blockade, and the concept of self-defence with the concept of terrorism,” QU College of Sharia and Islamic Studies (CSIS) dean Dr Yousuf al-Siddiqi said.

He was speaking at a seminar on “The accusations against Qatar of supporting terrorism” organised by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs at QU to address the issue of terrorism from an academic, legal and political perspective.

He referred to the recent speech of H H Emir at the UN General Assembly, in which he said: “We must focus on the roots and causes of terrorism.”

He added that the blockade on Qatar has caused a negative impact on the structure of Gulf community and violated traditions and values. He criticized the 13 demands of the Saudi-led bloc and said that they lacked proof.

He said: “Qatar plays a pivotal role on the regional and international arena. This caused the emergence of many adversaries among its neighbouring countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Qatar does not follow any political agenda led by Saudi Arabia or any other country.”

Dr al-Sayed noted that the blockade against Qatar is an ethical crisis in the first place, also pointing to the speech of His Highness the Emir, in which he said: “We have been very saddened to see how some countries have used defamation and fictions against Qatar to stir political malice against us in the West. This is a disgrace under all norms: first because the allegations are baseless, and secondly because they have wrongfully prejudiced. Do we not teach our children at a young age that lying and malicious snitching are two of the worst vices? Is slander and tarnishing a reputation not a crime punishable by law in all civilised countries?”

“These demands are against the principles of non-interference in the internal affairs, equality in sovereignty, and the principle of implementing the international obligations in good faith and not to abandon them based on a unilateral will without reasonable justification, among many others.

“There is no international law which obliges countries to hand over wanted individuals. Extradition occurs only when specific, bilateral treaties exist between countries. Extradition agreements usually decree that the offence which has triggered the extradition request must be considered a crime in both countries. Many treaties provide for political and human rights exemptions, which can prevent the extradition of a person who is accused of political crimes.”

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