Amnesty International: World Cup host Qatar 'failing' migrant workers

Wednesday November 12th, 2014

Amnesty International says that Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup, has “failed” to do anything about the abuse of workers who continue to build stadiums for the tournament.

The organization, which campaigns “to end grave abuses of human rights,” has released a report titled "No Extra Time: How Qatar is Still Failing on Workers' Rights Ahead of the World Cup." 

Qatar has acknowledged that labor abuse exists and has vowed to address the issue, but Amnesty says the country is falling short.

Earlier this year, The Guardian reported that Qatar had admitted almost 1,000 fatalities among migrant workers in the last two years. 

Amnesty has found that migrant workers are often unpaid and that they are prevented from leaving the country by their employers, “who deny them exit permits and confiscate their passports.”

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Earlier this year, Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Than said that he was “personally hurt about the situation.”

Amnesty says that domestic workers have no protection for their labor rights under the law, can suffer physical and sexual violence at the hands of their employers and wants the law changed to make sure that workers are protected by law.

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