Outrage over Oxford College scholarship named after Dubai ruler accused of holding his daughter Princess Latifa captive
- Oxford runs scholarship in title of Sheikh who ‘held his personal daughter hostage’
- Uni accused of double requirements over choice to just accept scholarship funding
- It beforehand confronted calls to rename scholarship created in title of Cecil Rhodes
The College of Oxford accepted funding from the ruler of Dubai who’s accused of holding his personal daughter captive, it may be revealed right now.
The college runs a scholarship scheme within the title of Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum, whose daughter Latifa stated she was held hostage for years by his henchmen.
Campaigners accused Oxford of double requirements over its choice to just accept his scholarship funding whereas the sheikh’s daughter was denied the identical instructional freedoms as its college students.
Oxford stated final evening the settlement with the ruler was reached in 2016, earlier than the allegations got here to gentle, however stated it had ‘no plans to evaluation or change the scholarship right now’.
The college runs a scholarship scheme within the title of Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum, whose daughter Latifa stated she was held hostage for years by his henchmen
The college beforehand confronted calls to rename a scholarship created within the title of imperialist Cecil Rhodes, and stays embroiled in a row over whether or not his statue ought to be faraway from exterior Oriel Faculty.
This week it emerged that Princess Latifa, 35, had secretly recorded messages saying she feared for her life.
Within the movies launched to the BBC, she stated she was drugged and forcibly returned to Dubai after she tried to flee in 2018, and had been stored in solitary confinement inside a barricaded ‘villa-jail’ since then.
Campaigners will subsequent week ask the International Workplace to impose sanctions on Sheikh Mohammed, 71, which may embrace a journey ban and restrictions on his enterprise pursuits in Britain.
He owns a multi-million-pound racehorse centre close to Newmarket.
Lawyer David Haigh, of the Free Latifa marketing campaign, referred to as on Oxford, ranked one of the best college on the earth, to evaluation its hyperlinks to Sheikh Mohammed.
He instructed the Mail: ‘This scholarship is a PR train to distract consideration away from human rights abuses. Latifa has been denied her schooling and her freedom.
‘By accepting cash from her father, Oxford sends a message to its college students and to the world that it accepts and tolerates his behaviour.’
This week it emerged that Princess Latifa, 35, had secretly recorded messages saying she feared for her life
The scholarship, which is collectively funded by Oxford and the sheikh’s £7.2billion data basis, was arrange in 2016.
Submit-graduate college students from North Africa and the Center East can apply to have their course charges coated – usually about £27,000 – and obtain a grant for residing prices.
The inspiration pays for scholarships with different universities. A minimum of 4 college students are recognized to have accepted scholarships, together with a lady from Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed has denied his daughter’s allegations.
A spokeswoman for Oxford stated: ‘The settlement between the college and Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Data Basis was signed in 2016 and we’ve got no plans to evaluation or change the scholarship right now.’