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IFJ stresses fundamental right to form journalists’ union in Qatar
08 : 13 PM - 08/07/2017
Brussels, July 8 (BNA): The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has recalled the fundamental human right to form a union in Qatar.
In a letter to the Emir of Qatar Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Brussels-based federation condemned the refusal of the Qatari government to allow journalists to exercise their fundamental human right to form a union, calling it “a serious threat to freedom of association.”
"Freedom of association is one of the fundamental human rights and it has been our outstanding demand on your country to allow more than a 1000 journalists who work and live in Qatar to organize themselves in a union", IFJ President Philippe Leruth said in his letter to Shaikh Tamim, according to a media release by IFJ.
Pointing at Qatar as one of few countries in the world which denies the journalists this fundamental human right, Leruth called on the Emir to "immediately act and direct (his) government to change this unacceptable policy."

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