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    Australian women on Qatar flight internally examined

    The report is already out... Their government has said we regret what we did but we had to do it. I don't think any other info would change the overall narrative either way.
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    Australian women on Qatar flight internally examined

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-28/woman-thought-qatar-airways-flight-hijacked-baby-found-airport/12823364
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    Australian women on Qatar flight internally examined

    I hear you. However just because it is a norm certainly doesn't make it right.
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    Australian women on Qatar flight internally examined

    Basically they are saying 'we regret to do this, but we're doing it anyway', and probably would do it all over again. Makes me wonder, if folks coming back to Australia now need to travel back via DOH (or any transit), what precautions can one take? It's worth having Australian consular...
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    Australian women on Qatar flight internally examined

    If the Qataris were so concerned about the child's and mother's well-being, a non-consented strip search and invasive internal examination should not have been considered. Something tells me the well-being of both mother and child was the last thing on their mind.
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    Australian women on Qatar flight internally examined

    Have other nations lodged concerns with Qatar over treatment of their citizens? Surely its not just Australia who is disgusted over their citizens treatment.
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    Australian women on Qatar flight internally examined

    I wonder what the legalities of this are? They were in transit, never immigrated through to Qatar (as far as we know). Is it legal to internally inspect women based on a mother "hunt", without consent? Did this happen because the suspect broke sharia law, if so, does sharia law apply to folks in...
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    Australian women on Qatar flight internally examined

    Yes going public by the govt. could have made diplomatic work harder. Although if this happened on 2 Oct, why did our FM recently say they have now approached Qatar for a please explain and would have a report back in 1 week? Did the govt only complain once this story hit the media, or did they...
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    Australian women on Qatar flight internally examined

    A rather detailed account by Kim Mills: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/26/i-was-absolutely-terrified-australian-witness-recounts-qatar-strip-search-ordeal
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    Australian women on Qatar flight internally examined

    No need to wait for a government ban, how about vote with your wallet? The challenge is transiting and supporting a country with a completely clean record on human rights and woman's issues. Unfortunately it means picking the lesser evil between say, QR/EK/EY and CX/SQ/MH [Insert airline here]...
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    Australian women on Qatar flight internally examined

    Yes, and could have influenced the decision for QFA direct charters.
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    Australian women on Qatar flight internally examined

    We have previously praised QR for bringing Aussies home when it was uneconomical to do so. Not sure how viable it is to close off QR for something the airport staff and authorities did, also risking other Aussies from being stranded OS.
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    Australian women on Qatar flight internally examined

    I think we will find this could have happened on any carrier, and is not QR specific. I understand other flights were delayed too. The common denominator is Qatar govt and airport authorities. I think the general population will be shocked but once you know the inner goings of the ME, many out...
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    Would you if you could? [Take holiday overseas in August 2020]

    Yes here too, although with certain precautions.
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    General Discussion/Q&A on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Likely to be the case, time will tell. Pink bats comes to mind when looking at this situation.
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