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Migrant workers in labour camps at grave risk amid COVID-19 crisis

Author: Amnesty International, Published on: 20 March 2020

Steve Cockburn, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director of Global Issues, said:

“As the world struggles to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, migrant workers trapped in camps such as those in Qatar are at particular risk...

“Labour accommodation camps are notoriously overcrowded, and lack in adequate water and sanitation... workers are inevitably less able to protect themselves from the virus...

“The Qatari government must ensure that human rights remain central to all attempts at prevention and containment of the COVID-19 virus, and also that all people have access to health care, including preventive care and treatment for everyone affected, without discrimination.”

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