ON THE WORLD STAGE
18 > QATAR TODAY > NOVEMBER 2014
Qatar has been re-appointed to a new three-year term on the UN's Human Rights Council and will be taking its place among the 47-member body for the third time after its term ended in 2013. While there have been mixed responses to this news, with some pointing out the irony because of Qatar's tainted human rights record and others suggesting that this would result in Qatar working more diligently towards righting some of the wrongs, there is speculation that this is just a taste of Qatar's growing clout within the United Nations. It has renewed whispers that Qatar's former Prime Minister HE Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, also known as HBJ, might be put forward as a candidate to take over from Ban-Ki Moon when he retires as General-Secretary in 2016.
File photo of a UN Human Right Council session in progress in Geneva, Switzerland