November 30, 2014
by William Helbling
A Qatar appeals court on Sunday acquitted a US couple who faced charges of parental neglect after their adopted daughter passed away. Matthew and Grace Huang's daughter was eight years old and was adopted from an orphanage in Ghana. The daughter's cause of death reported by Qatar's Council of ...[read more]
November 16, 2014
by William Helbling
The Qatar government on Sunday pledged to announce new labor legislation by 2015 in an effort to improve conditions for migrant workers. The Qatar labor ministry announced the initiative by stating, "e intend to effect meaningful and lasting change for the benefit of all those who live and work ...[read more]
September 24, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US government on Tuesday insisted in a letter to the UN that the American-led airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State (IS) were legally justified because actions were taken in defense of Iraq. The US, with the support of Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Egypt's state prosecutor filed charges Saturday against former President Mohamed Morsi for selling state secrets to Qatar. Attorney General Hisham Barakat claimed that an investigation had revealed evidence that Morsi, aided by nine others who have also been charged, leaked national intelligence ...[read more]
August 10, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday signed into law a measure providing basic protections to Brazilian domestic workers. The law limits domestic workers' work weeks to 44 hours, and the work day to eight hours. The law also creates a minimum wage and requires employers to register their ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Department of Defense (DOD) has notified Congress that it intends to transfer six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay, officials said Wednesday. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reportedly notified Congress about the transfers last week, which are scheduled to take place as soon as next month. ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Migrant workers in Qatar face human rights abuse including forced labor, excessively long working hours, verbal harassment, and physical and sexual violence, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Wednesday. The report, entitled "Qatar: 'My sleep is my break': Exploitation of ...[read more]
January 27, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers on Monday urged Qatar to consolidate its justice system and address its shortcomings. Gbrelia Knaul, the current Special Rapporteur, praised Qatar's achievements over the past decade in establishing an independent judiciary, but ...[read more]
October 22, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday called for the immediate release of well known Qatari poet Mohammed al Ajami, also known as Ibn al Dheeb, who received a harsh sentence for a poem believed to encourage a coup of the Qatar government. The UN declared that ...[read more]
September 12, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Qatar based news service Al Jazeera will take legal action against the Egyptian military government according to a press release issued Thursday. Al Jazeera has accused the regime of detaining journalists without charges or on politically motivated charges, raiding Al Jazeera offices, confiscating ...[read more]

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