Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6:08 am

Human rights group urges boycott of Qatar Airways

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A human rights group in the UAE aims to persuade travelers to boycott Qatar Airways for violating human rights prior to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Alliance for Workers Against Repression Everywhere (AWARE) ran a campaign against Qatar in the US cities, putting billboard ads, op-ed pieces and social media, asking travelers to avoid flying with Qatar Airways.

“Regulations governing women, including for state-owned Qatar Airways, are so strict that women are subject to curfews, weight restrictions, and grooming policies that are out-of-touch with much of the progressive world,” the Alliance for Workers Against Repression Everywhere (AWARE) said in a note on its website.

Qatar’s national carrier is one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world, known for its luxury service and fleet of new aircraft. This year it launched service from several major U.S. cities, including Boston, Atlanta and Los Angeles. In those cities, AWARE ran a public campaign using billboard ads, op-ed pieces and social media to urge travelers to boycott the airline.

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