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20 Oct 2022

Amnesty International

Qatar: Unfinished Business: What Qatar must do to fulfill promises on migrant workers’ rights

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For many years, the government – like FIFA – met the mounting international pressure about these abuses with denial and inaction. Then, in 2017, it finally embarked on a journey to reform its labour system. Under a three-year agreement with the International Labour Organization (ILO), Qatar committed to dismantle the toxic kafala sponsorship system, tackle wage abuse, enhance health and safety measures, prevent and prosecute forced labour, and promote workers’ voices. This marked a welcome shift in Qatar’s approach and important legal reforms ensued in the years that followed...

This briefing examines what Qatar has achieved over the last 12 years, the impacts of its reforms and what further action is needed to fully protect the rights of all migrant workers in the country. It highlights that despite the positive evolution of Qatar’s labour system, which has improved the living and working conditions for hundreds of thousands of Qatar’s migrant workers and has the potential to transform the lives of many more, substantial work remains to effectively implement and enforce these. Ultimately, human rights abuses persist on a significant scale today...