Northwestern University’s Precarious Role Under Qatar’s Repressive Laws

Expand A group of Lebanese activists chant slogans as they hold Arabic placards that read: “Freedom of expression,” right, and “With Mashrou’ Leila against the suppression of freedoms.  © 2019 Bilal Hussein/AP Photo When brand-recognition universities, like Northwestern, Yale, or NYU, choose to expand their reach and build campuses in countries that don’t guarantee academic […]

Qatar: 5-Year Prison Sentence Set for ‘Fake News’

Expand An image of the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on a building in Doha, Qatar. © 2019 Anke Waelischmiller/AP Images (Beirut) – Qatar has amended its penal code to restrict further the already-narrow space for free expression by setting criminal penalties for spreading “fake news” online, Human Rights Watch said today. The […]

Qatar: Partial Reforms Risk Undermining Progress

Expand A picture taken on December 4, 2018, shows workers at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al-Khor, a city in northeastern Qatar.  © 2018 David Harding/AFP (Beirut) – Qatar made some important progress on human rights in 2018 but failed to deliver on several key promised reforms, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report […]