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]
November 17, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi announced Saturday that peace talks are progressing toward a ceasefire in the recent escalation of violence in Gaza and Southern Israel. Mursi invited the Quatari emir, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and former Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal to Cairo for ...[read more]
October 30, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the ruler of Qatar, not to approve a proposed media law which allegedly has the purpose of censoring rather than promoting media freedom. The new law would abolish criminal penalties for media law violations but penalize... ...[read more]
March 10, 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove
Five detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility agreed to be transferred to Qatar, a spokesperson for Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced Saturday. The detainees, who are associated with the Taliban and have been held at the prison for over ten years, are among the most dangerous and " ...[read more]
June 3, 2011
by Julia Zebley
A United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson on Friday condemned Qatar's extradition of rape victim Eman Al Obeidi to her home country of Libya. UNCHR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, said that Qatar violated international law by deporting Al Obeidi after she was ruled a ...[read more]
September 27, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On September 27, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Qatar was established to hear disputes over matters of constitutional interpretation. The court acts primarily to ensure that legislation complies with the country's constitution, which took effect in 2005, but will also be an appellate court for ...[read more]

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