Al Jazeera Journalist Sacked and Deported from Qatar Due to HIV-positive Status

The International Trade Union Confederation has called on Qatar-based Al Jazeera to reinstate a South African journalist who was sacked and deported from Qatar after a health test revealed to the authorities, without his knowledge, that he is HIV-positive.

The Qatari authorities have also been called upon to withdraw the law which bans HIV-positive foreigners from working in the country.

“This man has done nothing wrong, and is being victimised by the Qatar government just because he is HIV-positive. Al Jazeera, an international broadcaster, could still employ him based in South Africa in the same job, and we call on them to act with decency and compassion,” said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.

Read the letters to Al Jazeera and the Emir of Qatar