International Islamic Relief Organization
|Adnan Khalil Basha|
|Parent organization||Muslim World League|
The International Islamic Relief Organization, (Arabic: هيئة الإغاثة الإسلامية العالمية, also International Islamic Relief Organization of Saudi Arabia, IIRO and IIROSA), is a charity based in Saudi Arabia founded by Osama bin-Laden's brother-in-law with clear ties to terrorist organizations world wide. It is a member of The Conference of NGOs, where it serves on the board. The IIRO is included in a list of some of the UNHCR's major NGO partners, which states, "Mention or omission does not imply any form of endorsement by UNHCR.".
(IIRO is not to be confused with Islamic Relief – UK (IR-UK), an English NGO with offices in about 15 nations.)
August 2006 United Nations Security Council listed its branch offices in Indonesia and the Philippines as belonging to or associated with al-Qaeda. On January 6, 2014, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999) and 1989 (2011) concerning Al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities removed the offices in Indonesia and the Philippines from this Al-Qaida Sanctions List after concluding its consideration of the delisting requests for these names submitted through the Office of the Ombudsperson established pursuant to Security Council resolution 1904 (2009), and after considering the Comprehensive Reports of the Ombudsperson on these delisting requests.
The IIROSA is an affiliate of the Muslim World League (MWL). A Saudi royal decree issued on January 29, 1979 approved the decision of MWL to form IIROSA.
It is a member of the International Islamic Council for Da'wah and Relief (IICDR), has observer status at Organisation of the Islamic Conference, consultative status at United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and links to Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) among many others.
In 2003/2004 approximately US$36 million was spent on 2258 projects involving 4,586,085 recipients in 81 countries. IIROSA seven main programs received:
- Social Welfare: US$13 million.
- Engineering Department: About US$7 million.
- Society Development and Seasonal Projects: About US$6 million.
- Emergency Relief: About US$4 million.
- Health Care: US$2 million.
- Educational Care: US$2 million.
- Qur’an Memorization: US$1 million.
It worked in projects with the World Health Organization, United Nation International Children’s Emergency Fund, United Nation High Commission for Refugees and the World Food Program.
At the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, Steven Emerson, identified IIRO as a major radical Islamic institution, in part, "responsible for fueling Islamic militancy around the world", and, Rohan Gunaratna, Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies, Singapore, stated, "... Mohammad Jamal Khalifa is the brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden. He arrived in the Philippines in 1988 and he became the founding director of the International Islamic Relief Organization of Saudi Arabia. He used the IIRO to funnel al Qaeda funds to the Abu Sayyaf group and the Moral [sic] Islamic Liberation Front." Mohammad Jamal Khalifa was dismissed from the 9/11 case by the US district court.
The Philippine and Indonesian branches of IIRO are also included in the UN list, maintained by United Nations Security Council Committee 1267. IIRO petitioned the Security Council for removal from the list in January 2010, but the process is as of now continues.
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