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15 November 2019

Qatar: UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention report includes focus on detention of migrant workers

During 3-14 November 2019, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention conducted a country visit to Qatar. During the 10 day visit, the Working Group visited 12 places of detention including police stations, pre-trial detention facilities, Doha central...

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11 November 2019

NGO finds female migrants to Gulf continue to face labour abuse despite recruitment reforms

Lived Experiences of Migrant Women: Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, provides a close analysis of gender-based violence against female migrant workers. The report details the stories of 24 women and their experiences of abuse and violence at the hands of...

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7 November 2019

Qatar: Liverpool FC declines FIFA's offer to stay in Kempinski hotel citing ethical concerns; includes FIFA comments

Ahead of the Club World Cup 2019 finals, to be held in Qatar in December, Liverpool Football Club has declined FIFA's offer of the luxury Marsa Malaz Kempinski due to ethical concerns....

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4 November 2019

Dutch football club Ajax under fire for Qatar training camp; includes company comments

Author: Dutch News

"Human rights groups call on Ajax shareholders to question trip to Qatar," 30 Oct 2019...

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25 October 2019

Qatar: ILO publishes second annual progress report on cooperation programme

The Technical Cooperation Programme between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Qatar is an ongoing collaboration through which the ILO seeks to bring Qatari labour law in line with Labour conventions and international standards on worker...

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22 October 2019

UAE: Government continues to contract construction companies lacking worker welfare protections

Author: Areeb Ullah, Middle East Eye

"Migrant workers continue to face risks in Dubai, one year ahead of Expo 2020," 21 Oct 2019...

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21 October 2019

South Asia: Workers continue to be bribed by recruitment companies for Gulf jobs with promising pay

Author: Nikhil Eapen, The Wire

"$15 Billion: What South Asian Workers Have Paid in Bribes for Gulf Jobs" 21 October 2019...

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17 October 2019

Qatar: Promises of labour reforms welcomed, amid calls to ensure enforcement and accountability

On 16 October 2019, Qatar’s Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs announced major reforms to the kafala (sponsorship) system of migrant employment in Qatar, to allow workers to change jobs more freely and abolish exit...

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16 October 2019

Qatar: Unexplained death of World Cup stadium worker one of hundreds dismissed as "natural" by authorities

On 23 June Rubchandra Rumba, a Nepali labourer working on a football stadium for the World Cup 2022, died during his sleep. His death was attributed to "acute cardio respiratory failure due to natural cause[s]”; one of many such deaths recorded as ...

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15 October 2019

Advance Facilities Management Co. did not respond

Author: Advance Facilities Management Co.

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