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World Qatar Government Apologizes for Strip-Searching Women at Airport

13:20  30 october  2020
13:20  30 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Qatar apologizes after forced strip - searches of female airline passengers. qatar. Women on flight strip - searched after newborn found in airport toilet. Under pressure after Australia condemned the searches, Qatar’s government said it had begun an investigation into the treatment of the women

A Qatar Airways plane at Hamad International Airport in the capital Doha. Foreign women from at least 10 flights were searched , Australia’s foreign minister said.Credit Karim Jaafar/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.

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a bridge over a body of water: Hamad International Airport in Doha © Photographer: Valery Sharifulin/TASS Hamad International Airport in Doha

The government of Qatar apologized for its treatment of women at Hamad International Airport earlier this month after invasive searches of Australians prompted a public uproar and recriminations from the country’s politicians.

“His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior expressed the Government of the State of Qatar’s sincerest apology for what some female travelers went through as a result of the measures,” the Government Communications Office said in a statement Friday.

A preliminary investigation of the incident had found standard procedures were violated. “Those responsible for these violations and illegal actions have been referred to the Public Prosecution Office,” according to the statement.

Qatar 'forcibly examined' women, drawing angry diplomatic response

  Qatar 'forcibly examined' women, drawing angry diplomatic response Female passengers flying from Qatar were subjected to invasive searches after a premature baby was found abandoned in an airport bathroom, in an incident labelled "offensive" and "grossly inappropriate" by Australia's government. Airport officials have not denied the incident, saying women passengers "were asked to assist" with inquiries to locate the mother of the baby, who they say is still alive. Qatari authorities have launched an appeal to trace the infant's family.

The women , including 13 Australians, were searched at Doha's Hamad International Airport on 2 October after the Qatar Airways flight was The government said: "While the aim of the urgently decided search was to prevent the perpetrators of the horrible crime from escaping, the state of Qatar

An Australian woman strip - searched by authorities at a Qatari airport after a premature baby was found in a bathroom says she is considering legal "The Government has a relationship with Qatar, the Government 's in a position to regulate a range of activities and I would have thought that it needs

For more on incident: Qatar Airways Faces Strike Over Examination of Australians

Australia’s government said earlier this week that women on 10 planes traveling through the airport were subject to invasive, naked inspections after a newborn was found in a garbage bag in a toilet in the airport on Oct. 2. Eighteen travelers on their way to Australia were among the women examined.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters that the search methods used were unacceptable but indicated he would wait for the results of an investigation by Qatari authorities before deciding what action to take. The Transport Workers’ Union in the Australian state of New South Wales indicated it was considering refusing to service, clean or refuel Qatar Airways jets in Sydney.

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Qatar to charge those behind invasive airport searches of women .
Qatar said on Friday that those responsible for invasive gynaecological searches of passengers at Doha airport had been referred for prosecution over the "violations" following widespread outrage. "Those responsible for these violations and illegal actions have been referred to the Public Prosecution Office," the government said in a statement. "The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior expressed the Government of the State of Qatar's sincerest apology for what some female travelers went through as a result of the measures.

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