The Australian government has registered “serious concern” with Qatar after a woman on a flight from Doha to Sydney was subjected to an invasive internal examination.
The main point:
- Staff at Hamad International Airport reportedly found the dead premature baby in the terminal bathroom
- They allegedly detained and forced the woman on the flight to Sydney to undergo invasive screening on the runway
- DFAT said it had raised the issue with Qatar
Seven News reported that airline staff at Hamad International Airport in Doha found the premature baby who had died in the bathroom terminal earlier this month.
Airline staff then reportedly took matters into their own hands.
The women on the flight to Sydney, including 13 Australians, were detained and forced to undergo checks in an ambulance parked on the tarmac.
According to the report, the woman’s genitals were subjected to invasive examination without consent and was not told why.
The Australian Government said they were aware of what it called “about the reports”.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it had raised the incident with Qatar.
“We have officially registered our serious concerns regarding the incident with the Qatari authorities and have been assured that detailed and transparent information about the event will be provided soon,” he said.