UAE used a prestigious university to politicize education, says Qatari student
Voicing her suffering, Jawaher Al Meer, a Qatari student unfairly expelled from an international university in UAE, has said that she fails to understand how a world-class university could be used by the UAE to exert its political ambitions and abuse the rights of hundreds of Qatari students.
One among many victims of the illegal blockade imposed on Qatar, Al Meer shared details of her experience with attendees of the meetings at the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.
A student of the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi at the time, Al Meer outlined that she had travelled to Qatar after the completion of her exams when the siege countries announced the unfair decision in June 2017, reported Gulf Times.
Expelled without any appropriate reason other than an apparent political motivation, Al Meer said she had contacted the university’s administration enquiring about the continuation of her studies only to be told that she was transferred to the main campus in Paris.
During her communication with officials in Geneva, Al Meer questioned how a university such as Sorbonne could fall prey to political tensions.
She also conveyed a message to UAE officials, saying it was good to open the Sorbonne University and the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi but stressed that a better thing to bring home would be the civilized values that these institutions hold, according to Qatar Tribune.
Prior to delivering her speech, she met with officials from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to relate her complaint against the UAE and the Sorbonne University after she was unreasonably barred from continuing her education at the institute.
More than 200 Qatari students that attended universities in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain were forced to withdraw from their educational programs as a consequence of the illegal blockade.
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