International Christian Concern’s Gina Goh Says Donations from Human Rights Abusers to U.S. Universities Threaten Freedom

When universities receive donations from the world’s worst human rights abusers, they risk being pressured to cover up crimes against humanity, a human rights advocate said.

Many of America’s greatest universities take cash from one-party states that persecute Christians, according to a series of investigations from the U.S. Department of Education.

China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar gave $6.5 billion in funding and resources to American universities, including Harvard, Yale, Northwestern University, Cornell University, MIT and others, National Review reported. These donations are probably only part of the total amount of money received from oppressive regimes.

Nearly a third of declared gifts from foreign nations to American schools come from regimes that tyrannize their people. Many of the schools didn’t report gifts from oppressive regimes.

International Christian Concern Regional Manager for Southeast Asia Gina Goh told The Christian Post that for persecuted Christians, attention from Western media and universities can be a double-edged sword, but Christians still want it. Although media and university attention often makes individual cases worse for people in dictatorial regimes, the overall situation rarely gets better without it. Public outcry at crimes against humanity can persuade regimes to change their policy. But when schools accept donations from dictatorships, they might not go out of their way to learn about these crimes.

“It’s not just about persecution. It’s an overall human rights issue,” Goh said. “When you receive a lot of donations, what’s at risk is academic freedom. Professors and students get threatened by the Chinese.”

China has a long history of threatening professors who research subjects it doesn’t like, Goh said. China has harassed Professor Anne-Marie Brady, a New Zealand professor who wrote a paper on Chinese manipulation of her nation’s politics, The Guardian reported. China hacked the Brandeis University presentation of Uighur advocate Rayhan Asat, VOA News reported. Senate and federal investigations of China’s American on-campus Confucius Institutes have found that the regime directly hires teachers and prohibits them from criticizing China in their teaching, Fox News reported.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jackson Elliott

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