Boycott Qatar Airways - Miami
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We are calling on all conscientious residents of Miami-Dade and Florida to join our effort by demanding our local and state governments prohibit all official travel on Qatar Airways.
While we work to change government policy in the U.S., consumers can speak now with their wallets and make travel choices other than Qatar Airways.
Don't fly with governments and airlines that have blood on their hands.
The Alliance for Workers Against Repression Everywhere (AWARE), a nonprofit organization working to bring international attention to policies and business tactics that harm workers' rights, calls on Floridians and all Americans who consider traveling on Qatar Airways to ask themselves: "Do I want to do business with a company and a nation that oppresses human rights?"
AWARE will be leading an international campaign using the hashtag, #BoycottQatar, as Qatar Airways launches new U.S. services.
Qatar Airways has, itself, abused its employees who work under the careful watch of the Qatari government. In Doha, the airline mandates that its employees live in company housing with strict curfews and where their personal lives are monitored, and bans workers from marrying without its permission. Female employees who become pregnant can be terminated. Women also must adhere to strict grooming policies, including weight limits, a throwback to an era when age and sex discrimination were the norm.
All workers in Qatar are prohibited from unionizing or protesting. Domestic laborers are excluded from the country's labor laws, even as they face outrageous sexual and physical abuses; are forced into 100-hour+ work weeks; and are held against their will with their passports confiscated by employers. All legal migrant workers in Qatar are tied to a sponsorship system, which effectively allows employers to deny migrants their exit visas. Workers often complain they are denied wages and are forced to live in unsanitary housing. The LGBT community in the state lacks any protection, as being homosexual is illegal there. Journalists who have attempted to report on these egregious human rights abuses were illegally detained and questioned last year.
It is imperative local Florida governments and citizens of Miami-Dade are made aware of Qatar and Qatar Airways' litany of abuses against workers, including the airline's own employees, women and those in the LGBT community. All Americans should demand transparency and basic human rights for people everywhere, especially from those we allow to do business in our country.
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