Australia says women on 10 flights underwent invasive searches at Qatar airport

28 Octobre, 2020, 10:49 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Supplies to tackle the coronavirus pandemic donated by the Qatar Fund for Development are loaded onto a Qatar Airways flight to Kigali in Rwanda at Doha's Hamad International Airport

Doha News has obtained new details about the incident.

The women were checked for whether they had given birth after a baby was found in a bin at Hamad Airport on 2 October.

She then put the live baby girl in a bag and dumped her in a bin before preceding to cover her with tissues in an attempt to hide the newborn.

The infant is now safe under medical care in Doha.

The statement said officials searched for the baby's parents, "including on flights in the vicinity of where the newborn was found".

"While the aim of the urgently-decided search was to prevent the perpetrators of the terrible crime from escaping, the State of Qatar regrets any distress or infringement on the personal freedoms of any traveler caused by this action".

Up to 18 Australian women from 10 different aircraft have reportedly been subjected to internal examinations after the discovery of a baby at an airport in Doha.

The Qatar Government said a "comprehensive, transparent investigation" into the incident was being conducted and the results would be shared with its global partners.

According to Qatar's government, the investigation into the conduct of authorities at HIA will be lead by the Prime Minister's office and its findings will be made public.

Facing potentially devastating commercial and reputational damage, Qatar's government released a statement Wednesday to explain its version of events while promising to ensure the future "safety, security and comfort" of passengers.

Australian women on board a Qatar Airways flight were given a "terrifying" internal examination.

"We became aware yesterday that there were 10 other flights affected on the night in question", Adamson said.

Australia says women on 10 flights underwent invasive searches at Qatar airport

Those meetings involved the airport, Qatar Airways and the government of Qatar, Payne said. The AFP news agency reported one French woman on the flight was among them.

The woman was not travelling on official business.

That report has not yet been produced.

Many were distressed afterwards and had received health support from the Australian government, witnesses said.

Labor's foreign affairs spokesperson Penny Wong questioned why the minister had not yet spoken directly with her Qatari counterpart.

On Monday, Australia's foreign ministry had said reports of the women's treatment indicated it was "beyond circumstances in which the women could give free and informed consent".

"It was intensive engagement since the very first moment we knew about this", Adamson said.

"The issues which have been discussed in relation to this matter are very concerning and very distressing", Senator Payne said. "I was incredulous that it could have happened", she told the hearing.

"This is not - by any standard - normal behaviour and the Qataris recognise that, are appalled by it, do not want it to happen again".

Qatar's record on women's rights has in the past been criticised by human rights groups.

"I did not speak to the Qatari foreign minister", Senator Payne said.

"Individuals who had access to a specific area of the airport where the newborn infant was found were asked to assist in the query", airport management told the ABC.

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