Women To Sue Qatar Over Invasive Gynaecological Searches At Airport

An airport police officer who oversaw the searches was reportedly convicted.

A bunch of ladies subjected to invasive gynaecological searches at Doha airport will sue Qatari authorities, in search of redress for an ordeal that sparked international condemnation, their lawyer advised AFP Monday.

Women on 10 Qatar Airways flights from Doha, together with 13 Australians, have been subjected to the examinations late final 12 months as authorities looked for the mom of a new child discovered deserted in an airport rest room.

The incident precipitated outrage, and fuelled issues about Qatar’s therapy of ladies because the Gulf state prepares to obtain 1000’s of international guests for the 2022 soccer World Cup.

Damian Sturzaker, from Sydney-based agency Marque Lawyers, stated seven affected passengers now plan authorized motion to “send a message to Qatari authorities that you can’t treat women… in this manner”.

“The group of women have suffered enormous distress on the evening concerned, now just over a year ago, and they continue to suffer distress and ill effects and trauma as a result of what occurred,” he advised AFP.

Sturzaker stated the ladies have been in search of a proper apology, compensation, and safety for future passengers transiting by way of the airport.

Qatar is an ultra-conservative Muslim monarchy, the place intercourse and childbirth exterior of marriage are punishable by jail.

Ahead of the World Cup, the nation has struggled to reassure critics that its guarantees on ladies’s rights, labour relations and democracy are credible.

Facing probably devastating business and reputational harm after the incident, Qatar vowed to ensure the longer term “safety and security” of passengers.

The nation’s prime minister additionally issued an apology, whereas an airport police officer who oversaw the searches was reportedly convicted.

But Sturzaker stated the ladies had not been made conscious of any enhancements to airport procedures and their makes an attempt to hunt mediation had been unsuccessful.

They now needed to spotlight their case forward of the FIFA event, to make sure different travellers have been well-informed earlier than visiting Qatar, he added.

“They should be aware that — whilst there is a guise of a highly developed, highly modernised airport and national carrier — these events have happened and there’s nothing preventing them from happening again,” he stated.

Qatar’s embassy in Canberra and Qatar Airways didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

Sturzaker stated the lawsuit can be filed in Australia in opposition to the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, Hamad International Airport, Qatar Airways and the nation’s authorities inside weeks.

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