Qatar urges international community to avoid equating Islam with terrorism

April 14, 2010

Qatar has urged the international community to avoid equating Islam with terrorism, explaining that “Islam is a tolerant religion that advocates tolerance towards other religions.”

In a speech to the 14th session of the comprehensive convention against international terrorism, Ibrahim Musa Al Hitmi, member of the National Committee for Combating Terrorism, said that Qatar appreciated the principles of human rights laws and international human rights and international humanitarian laws and all principles that urged respect for human dignity and fundamental freedoms according to international conventions.

Al Hitmi, however, said that Qatar wanted the United Nations to define terrorism and to set a distinction between terrorism and the right of peoples to armed struggle for self-determination.

The official called for the need to change the policy of double standards in international relations and said that Qatar had set up the Doha centre for dialogue among religions in order to promote a culture that implements the United Nations strategy for combating terrorism.

Qatar was fully committed to co-operation with other countries in the fight against crime in general and terrorism in particular through bilateral co-operation, he said.

“The State of Qatar has taken a number of legislative measures to fight terrorism,” Al Hitmi said. “It enacted Law No. 3 for the year 2004 on combating terrorism and set up a national commission to combat terrorism under the Cabinet Resolution No. 7 for the year 2007, which co-operated with the Committee on Combating Terrorism at the United Nations,” he said.




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