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2 Nov 2022

Amnesty International UK

Qatar: labour minister's dismissal of worker compensation campaign 'hugely disappointing'

Responding to the Qatari labour minister Ali bin Samikh al-Marri dismissing as “a publicity stunt” Amnesty International’s campaign to compensate migrant workers for the abuses they’ve suffered while working in Qatar, Steve Cockburn, Amnesty International’s Head of Economic and Social Justice, said:  

“It is hugely disappointing to hear calls for greater compensation be dismissed. “The vast majority of migrant workers who have now returned home to countries like Nepal or Bangladesh are unable to access Qatar’s current scheme... “While the money paid out this year is undoubtedly important, Qatar’s minister saying that their door is open to workers who have suffered abuses is insufficient, and a much more proactive approach is needed to ensure that justice is within reach for everyone. “Qatar must expand its existing compensation funds or establish a new one - no-one is saying it is easy, but if the will is there, a solution could be found that would transform the lives of so many workers.”
Steve Cockburn, Amnesty International’s Head of Economic and Social Justice