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13 Dec 2015

Devon Newport, Mstars News

Qatar World Cup continues its gross mistreatment of migrant workers

"Qatar World Cup Continues its Gross Mistreatment of Migrant Workers", 06 December 2015

When it comes to the World Cup in Qatar, money is not the issue – the laborers are. They don't have enough manpower to build the structures required for an event such as a World Cup, so they import migrant workers from surrounding countries by the hundreds of thousands. The workers, who come from some of the poorest countries on earth, desperate to provide for their family, come to Qatar with the promise of a decent wage. A promise that is quickly realized to be falicy. "Too little has been done to address rampant migrant labor abuse. Qatar's persistent labor reform delays are a recipe for human rights disaster," said Mustafa Qadri, Gulf Migrant Rights Researcher at Amnesty International. "The reforms proposed by the government fail to tackle the central issues that leave so many workers at the mercy of employers, yet even these changes have been delayed. "Unless action is taken – and soon – then every football fan who visits Qatar in 2022 should ask themselves how they can be sure they are not benefiting from the blood, sweat and tears of migrant workers." In a report conducted by Amnesty back in May, they identified nine fundamental migrant labor rights issues. Qatar failed to address five of them. Three of those issues were as follows: receiving wages on time, expansion of the labor inspector force, and reform of the restrictive kafala sponsorship system––a system that essentially takes away all worker rights...