A Qatari student who used to study in the UAE discussed the extent of her suffering after she was expelled arbitrarily from the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi following the blockade imposed on Qatar in June 2017.
Jawaher al-Meer told attendees of one of the meetings of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva that she travelled to Doha on vacation after finishing her exams, and was struck by the decisions of the blockading countries.
She added that she tried to communicate with the university’s administration to enquire about her ability to resume her studies. She added that all she got was an e-mail saying she was transferred to the Sorbonne Paris.
Al-Meer wondered how could such a prestigious university be used as a front by the UAE to politicise education and to abuse the rights of students registered in it.
She also issued a message to UAE officials saying that it was good to open the Sorbonne University and the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, but stressed that what would be even better is to bring home the civilised values that these institutions hold.
Before her speech, al-Meer met with officials from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to present her complaint against the UAE and the Sorbonne University after she was arbitrarily expelled.
There were more than 200 Qatari students that attended universities in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain. They were all prevented from completing their education and were sent home after those countries severed relations with Qatar and blockaded it.
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