UN scrutinizes siege nations’ violations of the rights of Qatari Students

UN scrutinizes siege nations’ violations of the rights of Qatari Students

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

Siege countries that have failed to respect the educational rights of Qatari students have been put under the microscope, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the right to education highlighted yesterday.

 

At a seminar held collaboratively between Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and Qatar University (QU), the UN’s investigative expert, Dr Koumbou Boly Barry, said that she is currently examining the violations to the rights of hundreds of Qatari students compelled to withdraw from their study programs under the illegal blockade imposed on Qatar, reported The Gulf Times.

 

Dr Barry said she had met with the Qatari students affected by the blockade, as part of her investigative effort.

All countries, excluding one, are signatories of the International Covenant on Civil, Economic and Social Rights, under which they are obligated to maintain the freedom and dignity of people around the globe, she emphasized. Adding that her role involves urging the countries under the agreement to uphold it with integrity.

 

As many as 213 Qatari students are said to have bore the brunt of the crisis that disrupted the country’s diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. With the blockade going into effect in June 2017, all Qatari citizens, including students were coerced into leaving the siege countries within a period of two weeks. 

Data shared by the NHRC at the event also revealed that among the 130 Qatari students in UAE, 55 students in Saudi Arabia, and 28 in Bahrain, who were given the ultimatum to vacate the countries, some 706 students of these countries, studying at QU at the time, were pushed into returning to their homelands in the act of isolation.

 

The sudden order issued by the siege countries did not only take an emotional toll on the Qatari students but also produced an unfair financial impact, depriving the students any refunds of the course fee. At the time, QU and other Doha-based universities such as College of North Atlantic Qatar emerged as saviors to accommodate the Qatari students faced with the crisis.

 

NHRC revealed that it received a number of complaints from the students who were unable to establish any contact with the universities under a strict ban imposed by the siege countries. The Committee further shared that recent graduates at the time were deprived of their graduation certificates, reported The Peninsula Qatar.

The blockade directly affected at least 13,314 individuals resulting in distanced families, barriers to work, business, travel, education among others, the NHRC had revealed earlier.

What are your thoughts on this development? Were you or someone you know engulfed in this situation? Share your experience with us.

 

 Cover Image Credit: Middle East Monitor

Make sure to check out our social media to keep track of the latest content.

Instagram - @qatarliving

Twitter - @qatarliving

Facebook - Qatar Living

COVID-19 Banner
Log in or register to post comments
Online activities for children to keep them entertained at home

Online activities for children to keep them entertained at home

Looking for some fun online activities for your children? Don't worry! We have got you covered. Check out a few online activities to keep your children occupied and happy during the pandemic.
HIA named best airport in the Middle East, third best in the world by SKYTRAX

HIA named best airport in the Middle East, third best in the world by SKYTRAX

For the sixth year in a row, HIA has been declared the "Best Airport in the Middle East," by the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2020. HIA also secured the title of the third best airport in the world.
QFA announces to resume football action between July 24-August 26

QFA announces to resume football action between July 24-August 26

The Qatar Football Association (QFA) has set the date to resume local competitions for the remaining part of the 2019-20 season.
All user data on Ehteraz app is completely confidential, says top official

All user data on Ehteraz app is completely confidential, says top official

From today, May 22, 2020, it is mandatory for all citizens and residents of Qatar to install the 'Ehteraz' app on their mobile phones.
WATCH: Face masks mandatory in public: MOI

WATCH: Face masks mandatory in public: MOI

Qatar's Ministry of Interior (MOI) has reminded citizens and residents in Qatar to abide by the Cabinet's decision, regarding wearing facemasks upon leaving the house, for any reason, except when alone in a vehicle while driving. The decision has been effective from Sunday, May 17, 2020, until further notice.
WATCH: Cabinet announced new precautionary measures to combat COVID-19

WATCH: Cabinet announced new precautionary measures to combat COVID-19

The country's Cabinet has announced that the precautionary measures in place to protect the health and ensure the safety of citizens and residents will remain in effect.
WATCH: Everything you need to know about Eid Al-Fitr 2020 in Qatar

WATCH: Everything you need to know about Eid Al-Fitr 2020 in Qatar

Although there will be no community events and gatherings this year, those celebrating can make the most of the unique time with their loved ones at home.
WATCH: HH the Amir inspects production of ventilators at Barzan Holding Company

WATCH: HH the Amir inspects production of ventilators at Barzan Holding Company

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani yesterday visited the Research and Development Center at Barzan Holding Company to view production lines for the manufacturing of the (Savr-Q) ventilators.