MENA Region

  • Qatar Bans Migrant Labor in Summer Heat after Facing World Cup Criticism 22 Jul 2014

    Qatar Bans Migrant Labor in Summer Heat after Facing World Cup Criticism

    The International Association International Gulf Organization welcomes Qatar’s implementation of new measures to protect its migrant workers from the summer heat. Qatar came under fire for its treatment of laborers, following its winning bid to host FIFA World Cup 2022. Qatar’s government has now banned outdoor work in the summer heat between 11:30 am and 3:00 pm from mid-June until the end of August, the hottest months of the year. The newly passed measures require companies to set up... read more


  • 270 Killed in ISIL Gas Field Massacre in Syria 21 Jul 2014

    270 Killed in ISIL Gas Field Massacre in Syria

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) condemns the deplorable massacre of 270 Syrians violently executed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) forces in Homs, Syria. The bloodshed came after ISIL, an active Sunni militant group in Syria and Iraq, seized a gas field in Homs. Among those killed were civilian security guards and employees as well as Syrian regime fighters. A large majority of these victims were executed at gun-point after being taken as prisoners... read more


  • iaIGO Concerned for Christians in Mosul 20 Jul 2014

    iaIGO Concerned for Christians in Mosul

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) expresses serious concern about the Christians in Mosul after terrorist group ISIL issued them an ultimatum. On Friday, a statement issued by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was publicly announced at the city’s mosques, forcing Christians to determine their three choices- convert, pay a fee or be assassinated. It also called on the Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if failed to leave the... read more


  • Egypt Proposes to End Gaza Conflict 15 Jul 2014

    Egypt Proposes to End Gaza Conflict

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) welcomes Egypt’s proposal for a truce in the Israel-Gaza conflict. The proposal urges a ceasefire to start imminently, followed by a series of meetings in Cairo with high-level delegations from both sides to resolve the current situation. So far in the eight days conflict, at least 192 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli air strikes, and a further 1,400 have been injured. The UN estimates that over three-quarters of these victims were... read more


  • Lebanon Refugee Crisis A Threat For the Region 15 Jul 2014

    Lebanon Refugee Crisis A Threat For the Region

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) calls on the international community to immediately support Lebanon to resolve its growing refugee crisis. Currently, the country is struggling to cope under the burden of more than 1.1 million Syrian refugees– accounting for one-quarter of its population and aggravating a severe water shortage. The top United Nations relief official in Lebanon has warned of the implications for the country, as the number of refugees grows amid the ongoing conflicts in Syria... read more


  • iaIGO Condemns Israeli Attacks 13 Jul 2014

    iaIGO Condemns Israeli Attacks

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) condemns in the strongest possible terms Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. Israel intensified its air assaults on Saturday, hitting a mosque, Hamas-affiliated charities and an Islamic home for the disabled, as Palestinians said the death toll rose to more than 165. The United Nations on Saturday said that three quarters of those killed in Gaza were civilians. The Israeli military’s “pinpoint strikes” on houses in Gaza have killed whole families and children,... read more


  • UNICEF Warns It May Cut Vital Services for Syrian Children 13 Jul 2014

    UNICEF Warns It May Cut Vital Services for Syrian Children

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) expresses grave concern for the deteriorating human rights situation in Syria and is strongly critical of UNICEF’s recent to decision to potentially cut vital services for Syrian children. Because of a major cut in donor funding, UNICEF may be forced to cut services for including water and sanitation facilities. This is particularly worrisome given the hot summer weather in the region, which could potentially give rise to diseases. UNICEF’s pleas to for... read more


  • Palestine Israel Tension Rises 07 Jul 2014

    Palestine Israel Tension Rises

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) expresses deep concern about the growing tension between Palestine and Israel. At least nine Palestinian militants were killed yesterday in Israeli air raids on Gaza following rocket attacks on Israel. Ongoing tensions in the region are high following the recent murder of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdair last week. His charred body was found hours after the funeral of three Israeli teenagers, who were abducted while hitchhiking in the West Bank on... read more


  • Syria: Food Shortage in Palestinian Refugee Camp 07 Jul 2014

    Syria: Food Shortage in Palestinian Refugee Camp

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) expressed serious concern for lack of food distribution to Palestinian refugee camps in Yarmouk, Syria. For more than a month now, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), has been unable to deliver food and other supplies to Palestinians trapped in a refugee camp near Damascus. UNRWA’s last distribution of food to civilian families took place on 23 May and their most recent distribution... read more


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