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17 Dec 2019

Patrick Wintour, The Guardian (UK)

Qatar: ILO acknowledges reforms but emphasises "many more milestones" to go in protection of migrant rights

The Qatari official in charge of organising the [2022 Qatar World Cup] has claimed that criticism of his country’s treatment of migrant workers will have a ripple effect that will improve regional labour standards...

Hassan al-Thawadi [of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy]... said a definitive end to the kafala system would be set out next month and he wanted reforms to apply not just to workers employed on World Cup projects...

Houtan Homayounpour, the Doha chief for ILO... said progress was being made but there were “many more milestones to pass”.

Homayounpour cited the heat-related death toll among migrant workers, a lack of autopsies and delays in payment of wages as areas of concern.