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Reality Check 2020: Countdown to the 2022 World Cup - Migrant workers' rights in Qatar

[Since Qatar's winning World Cup bid] thousands of workers have been subjected to serious exploitation and labour abuse, sometimes amounting to forced labour, facilitated by the labour system in place in the country...

Amnesty International examines how far Qatar has come to meet its pledges to reform its labour system and protect workers’ rights before the World Cup opens... Qatar has made some important progress to date...

weak implementation and enforcement of other reforms introduced in recent years has left thousands of workers at the mercy of unscrupulous employers who have been allowed to commit abuses with impunity...

Qatar has a duty to protect and respect human rights... it must ensure full implementation and enforcement of the reforms introduced to date, get serious about holding abusive employers to account, and take action to address major weaknesses in key areas including the payment of wages, access to justice and workers’ voice. Qatar must also give particular attention to the situation faced by the country’s domestic workers, who face severe and widespread abuse away from the spotlight of the World Cup. In delivering a meaningful reform process that upholds workers’ rights for all, they cannot continue to be left behind.