Saturday, February 21, 2009

Passport discrimination

Discrimination by race, sex, nationality, etc. is sad... so it was good to see Dubai receiving a record fine for refusing entry to a lady on the professional tennis circuit because she was from a country that the UAE don't recognise.

Shame it is only high profile cases like this that make news, when thousands are discriminated based on the passport they carry... like, the unfortunate Iranian student from British School of Kuwait who was refused entry to the Young Musician of the Gulf competition in Bahrain because he was on an Iranian passport! It will be little consolation to him that the three other members of the quartet competed without him and won their category in the competition.

Update - seems like UAE authorities have learned their lesson somewhat by letting in an Israeli for the men's tennis competition.

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