Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

LECTURERS' ANGER AT QATAR DEAL ; University and GMP to Help Train Police

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

LECTURERS' ANGER AT QATAR DEAL ; University and GMP to Help Train Police

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LECTURERS have expressed dismay over a deal which will see Manchester Metropolitan University and GMP train police from Qatar.

Around 300 police officers from the Middle Eastern state - currently mired in human rights controversy - will travel to Manchester to receive lessons in English and British police practice.

It comes as the country prepares to host thousands of international visitors for the 2022 World Cup.

Bosses at Manchester Metropolitan University and Greater Manchester Police have signed a deal in Qatar to train students at the country's new police college.

It is expected that hundreds of police recruits will travel to Manchester each year to spend the summer receiving their training.

But a number of MMU lecturers involved in the training say they are opposed to working with a state which has been slammed by Amnesty International and other human rights groups.

One said: "It's hypocritical because our research is all about protecting minority groups but they will be upholding laws which discriminate against women and gay people. …

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