Gulf States Remain Areas of Deep Concern on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

30 July 2018 – Five years ago, the United Nations Member States convened to adopt resolution A/RES/68/192, a resolution that officially designated 30 July as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons as a day to bring both awareness to human trafficking and promote the rights of trafficking victims. As the world recognizes this 30 July,[…]

Oil, Investment, and Human Rights: a Survey of Influential Qatari Ventures in the West

Of all the industries in the modern global economy, few are as visible as real-estate. Iconic structures like the Empire State Building come to symbolize nations, and companies such as Trump Hotels can spread a brand around the world.  These symbols and brands shape people’s perceptions and serve to facilitate cooperation between countries. As such,[…]

Saudi’s Moves to Make an Island of Qatar

The political rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia may soon become a geographical rift, with the appearance in April 2018 of reports in two Saudi-state linked newspapers of plans to build a canal between the two countries which would turn Qatar into an island. The proposed ‘Salwa Canal’ would be funded by businessmen from Saudi[…]

Qatar’s Migrant Workers’ Rights a Cause for Great Concern in the Face of the 2022 World Cup

In 2010, Qatar won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup that has since fielded corruption allegations, into which investigations are still ongoing. A leading question surfacing after the announcement, among other environmental and climate concerns, revolved around the nation’s lack of necessary infrastructure to host such a high-profile, global event that many[…]

Qatar Accuses the UAE of Discriminatory Blockade at the International Court of Justice

On 27 June 2018, Qatar took the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) – the United Nations’ highest court – for its role in the blockade against Qatar which has extended for over a year. Qatar cited that the blockade was a form of discrimination against Qatari citizens, and the[…]