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World News Leader, Al Jazeera, humiliates and fires HIV-positive employees

World News Leader, Al Jazeera, humiliates and fires HIV-positive employees

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TAC and SECTION27 Appeal to Delegates to the International AIDS Conference;

- Organise Protests against Al Jazeera;
- Refuse to Speak to Al Jazeera journalists this week;
- Demand a public apology for the violations of MR’s rights and of the rights of all others victimized by Al Jazeera because of their HIV status

TAC and SECTION27 Appeal to Delegates to the International AIDS Conference;

- Organise Protests against Al Jazeera;
- Refuse to Speak to Al Jazeera journalists this week;
- Demand a public apology for the violations of MR’s rights and of the rights of all others victimized by Al Jazeera because of their HIV status

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Published by: Laura Lopez Gonzalez on Jul 20, 2012
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TAC ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER
 20 July 2012
World News Leader, Al Jazeera, humiliates and fires HIV-positiveemployees
 
TAC and SECTION27 Appeal to Delegates to the International AIDS Conference;
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Organise Protests against Al Jazeera;-
 
Refuse to Speak to Al Jazeera journalists this week;-
 
Demand a public apology for the violations of MR’s rights and of the rights of all others victimized byAl Jazeera because of their HIV status
The state of Qatar discriminates against HIV positive people
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Qatar is one of only five countries which deny visas to foreign nationals based on HIV status.-
 
In the event that a foreign national is found to have HIV after he or she has already entered Qatar, theMinister of the Interior is empowered to order the deportation of that person.-
 
If deportation is not immediately possible, the Minister of the Interior is allowed to detain the foreignnational pending deportation.-
 
All HIV positive people will effectively be barred from attending and participating in the 2022 FIFASoccer World Cup to be held in Qatar and COP18 to be held at the end of this year.
Al Jazeera humiliates and fires HIV positive employees
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MR is a senior journalist from South Africa and former leader in the struggle for South Africa’sfreedom. He accepted a job as a Senior Editor with Al Jazeera in October 2010 and relocated to Doha,Qatar.-
 
He was subjected to HIV testing without his informed consent.-
 
He was not informed of the results of the HIV test, nor offered counselling or support services. Otherswere however informed of his test results.-
 
He was detained and deported solely as a result of his HIV status. Al Jazeera was actively complicit inthe detention and deportation of MR.-
 
During his detention he was subjected to severe breaches of his privacy and cruel, inhuman anddegrading treatment.-
 
Al Jazeera terminated his contract of employment solely as a result of his HIV status.-
 
No accommodation was made to allow MR to work from outside Qatar. An employee who wasappointed to MR’s position after his dismissal was allowed to perform his duties from London.-
 
This case has importance beyond MR. Foreign workers make up 94% of the workforce in Qatar. Yetthey have few rights and are often treated abysmally. This case is an opportunity to shine light on andchange this unacceptable situation.-
 
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), representing tens of millions of trade unionistsworldwide, has demanded his reinstatement. But Al Jazeera refuses even to apologise or admit that it is atfault.
Demand democracy from Al Jazeera and the Qatari Government
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Al Jazeera is owned by the Qatari government through the Qatar Media Corporation.-
 
Despite these close links, Al Jazeera has delivered high quality journalism and has received criticalacclaim for their coverage of the Arab spring uprisings. But there is still no democracy in Qatar.-
 
Much of their success has been ascribed to the leadership of Wadah Khanfar.

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