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1 Apr 2016

Ashley Tang, The Star Online (Malaysia)

Eversendai refutes labour abuses in World Cup project

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Malaysian company Eversendai Corp Bhd has denied...human rights abuses in a Qatar 2022 World Cup project...In a statement released on Friday, Eversendai said it only held workers' passports if they specifically asked to do so for safekeeping. "All passports have been returned to the workers, irrespective of their preference," it added. Eversendai admitted that although there were shortcomings in workers' accommodation, the matter was rectified by the middle of 2015 and it is now in compliance with the Workers' Welfare Standards drawn up by Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC). It also confirmed that it stopped the services of two labour supply companies, Seven Hills Trading and Blue Bay Contracting, months before the Amnesty report was published. However, SC said in a statement on Thursday that although Eversendai had gone through significant rectification processes, it has been banned from subsequent World Cup projects until it shows "sustainable improvements".