I'm confused by the attacks against Qatar Airways. Where is the reporting - let alone the evidence - that the airline had a hand to play in this event?
For those who advocating a boycott, I trust you are all 100% satisfied that your coffee and bar of chocolate aren't produced using child labour. And your pantry isn't full of products made with palm oil harvesting by depleting forests and endangering species. And your cheap outfit from H&M and your runners from Adidas weren't manufactured by people earning a few cents a day. And that your iPhone was in part together by well-paid, nicely-benefitted labourers in China ...
I share the outrage at what has transpired but think some perspective may be needed.
Qatar Airways has the same parent entity as everything else there, the Qatar Govt. That's only place the average person can hit the Qatar Govt, by not using the services of anything owned by them.
Danger While you are trying compare this with every other exploitation issue around the word, yes, the best place to start with issues is one at a time and the issues you can act on yourself, the issues you raise are all worthy and I have plenty of things on that list and more I don't buy for that very reason. As AFFers we fly, we stop flying with Qatar Airways that's the stand we can make here on this forum, if I don't want to buy an Chinese fridge I'll post that message on Fridge Lovers Forum (I made that up before anyone goes searching).
But if people don't take a stand on something then will anyone ever take a stand on anything. Using the fact there are other problems in other countries does not excuse the Qatar Govt for what happened.