Qatar issued a new law to regulate charities amid concern over I.S. funding


Qatar has issued a new law to regulate charities in the Gulf state amid growing concern in the West over funding received by Islamic State militants.

Local media said the Qatari ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, approved the law on Monday aimed at charity organizations involved in politics, as well as those that sent money abroad or received foreign financing.

The Peninsula, an English language newspaper in Doha, said charities that defied the regulators could be shut down. Those violating the law also faced up to three years in jail and a 100,000 Qatar riyal ($27,464) fine, it said.

The U.S. has expressed concern over funds flowing from Arab states to Islamic State militants, who have seized large swathes of Syria and Iraq, and have urged countries to tighten rules preventing individuals from sending them money.

Qatar has faced growing criticism, as the tiny Gulf state has used its hydrocarbon wealth to back a wide range of Islamists across the region.

Last month, German Development Minister Gerd Mueller accused Qatar of financing Islamic State militants — a charge the Gulf state has denied.

Last week, 10 Arab states, including Qatar, agreed to do more to stop the flow of funds and fighters to Islamic State and help rebuild communities “brutalized” by the group.




3 responses to “Qatar issued a new law to regulate charities amid concern over I.S. funding”

  1. sweetvirgo Avatar

    A nice step forward…keep it up!!

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Kuwait had done the same, but it didn’t seem effective with some. Policing is lax.
      Good to know that there ARE charities … but again there are sectarian divides in it. I was reading about a good programme in south Liban to get people back to work with some new skills like woodworking – and thinking properly about work while helping each other – apparently as many as 7000 are in it and funding is difficult, yet they have done well – but it’s centred in a refugee camp, geared for them only, and in Lebanon (besides being male-only) one needs a licence to work. Non-citizens (read Palestinian) can’t do certain jobs – not allowed. And considering the economy, you could make (e.g.) some fine furniture but who can you sell it to?
      Women are toast, even in the training programme … especially if they couldn’t finish the ‘school programme’ and get a paper because the family died and left them impoverished.
      So … there is a need for the charity and it’s work … yet many times the ‘hand-out’ is to the wrong types as has been seen … it buys guns instead of skills or training. Or food. And the concept of ‘all’ is very remote.

  2. MekensehParty Avatar

    The scum of the scum, this guy and his father. One day the truth will come out and that family will gain its rightful place in history as the funders of all Islamist terrorists, including Al-Jazeera.

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