Freedom House is concerned by a new report detailing the continuation of exploitative and deadly conditions imposed on foreign workers in Qatar. The Guardian newspaper published claims that at least 44 foreign workers have died due to poor work conditions in the past three months alone. In a country where civil liberties and political rights are severely restricted for residents and citizens alike, foreign workers face especially repressive conditions.
Two UN watchdog organizations today urged the United Nations General Assembly to reject five candidates for the United Nations Human Rights Council- Libya, as well as Angola, Malaysia, Mauritania, and Qatar.
Despite continuing resistance from religious and cultural elites, women in the Middle East and North Africa have made modest progress in achieving certain rights over the past five years. While women in the region suffer from greater inequality than do women elsewhere, they now enjoy more economic opportunity, fewer barriers to education, and expanded ability to participate in the political process than they did five years ago. These are the conclusions of Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Progress Amid Resistance, a new study released today by Freedom House.