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21 Mar 2016

Peter Kovessy, Doha News

Qatar awaits results of investigation by UN labor organization

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Senior International Labour Organization (ILO) members have filed a preliminary report after coming...[to Qatar] to investigate complaints that the country’s sponsorship system facilitates “forced labor” by making it difficult for expats to leave abusive employers. They will announce on Tuesday whether they recommend the establishment of a commission of inquiry, the ILO’s highest investigative mechanism, to take a closer look at the complaints. For nearly two years, officials in Qatar have used their kafala reform plans to deflect criticism of the country’s human rights record...During their trip...officals observed a mixed picture in terms of the living and working conditions of low-income expats in Qatar, and the government's efforts to address any problems...