All praise for Oman as hu­man­i­tar­ian panel formed


MUSCAT: Oman has taken an­other step to­wards be­com­ing a global cham­pion of help­ing those in need, by set­ting up the Omani Com­mit­tee for In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Law.

The de­ci­sion was fi­nalised by Yousuf bin Alawi bin Ab­dul­lah, Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for For­eign Af­fairs, who made it of­fi­cial by sign­ing Min­is­te­rial De­ci­sion No. 330/2017

The com­mit­tee will now spear­head Oman’s ini­tia­tives in in­ter­na­tional and hu­man­i­tar­ian law, and shall be headed by the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Min­istry of For­eign Af- fairs, who will be ap­pointed to the post of Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the com­mit­tee.

Other gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives can also be nom­i­nated to this post, and oth­ers within the com­mit­tee, with em­ploy­ees from var­i­ous min­istries, the Royal Oman Po­lice, the Pub­lic Author­ity for Civil De­fence and Am­bu­lance, Sultan Qa­boos Uni­ver­sity and the Omani Author­ity for Char­i­ta­ble Or­gan­i­sa­tions, all ca­pable of serv­ing on this com­mit­tee in some ca­pac­ity.

The de­cree was also pub­lished in the Sul­tanate’s Of­fi­cial Gazette, which was is­sued by the coun­try’s Min­istry for Le­gal Af­fairs.

“The Com­mit­tee can seek the as­sis­tance of suit­able con­sul­tants, ex­perts and spe­cial­ists to at­tend its ses­sions, with the aim of be­ing guided by their opin­ions, without hav­ing a vote in the de­ci­sions or rec­om­men­da­tions of the Com­mit­tee,” stated the gazette. “The term of of­fice of the Omani Com­mit­tee for In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Law is three years, re­new­able for a pe­riod or for sim­i­lar pe­ri­ods. The Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for For­eign Af­fairs is­sues the de­ci­sion to nom­i­nate the pres­i­dent and mem­bers of the com­mit­tee.”

“I do not think that there is cur­rently an ef­fec­tive con­flict in Omani law with in­ter­na­tional laws,” said Said Al Saidi, founder of the Said Saidi Law Firm for Le­gal Con­sul­ta­tions. “Most of the laws in the Arab world are de­rived from Egyp­tian law and Egyp­tian law is de­rived from French laws.”

Char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als in Oman were quick to praise the gov­ern­ment’s lat­est diplo­matic move.

“I think it is very good that Oman is now look­ing not just within its own borders, but look­ing be­yond them as well,” said Jane Jaf­fer, head of Dar Al Atta’a ‘Let’s Read Pro­gramme.’

“They are think­ing glob­ally now, not just na­tion­ally, so that’s an ex­cel­lent move for­ward.”

PM Jabir is the cul­tural wel­fare sec­re­tary of Oman’s In­dian So­cial Club, and has helped many peo­ple who have had need for aid in the Sul­tanate. “This is a very wel­come move, be­cause Oman has al­ways tried to pos­i­tively help oth­ers,” he said.

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