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.