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3 April 2020

Outreach to companies on COVID-19 regarding the protection of migrant workers in Qatar and the UAE

In early March reports emerged of a sudden jump in the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 among migrant construction workers quarantined in a labour camp in Qatar. The Qatari government responded by locking down camps 1 to 32. An outbreak in these...

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3 April 2020

UAE: NGO calls out "discriminatory" roll back of protections on migrant worker contracts during Covid-19 outbreak

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, the UAE labour ministry made the decision in March to allow companies to "restructure the contractual relationship" with their employers, including cutting salaries and putting workers on paid leave. ...

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1 April 2020

NGO coalition calls on Qatar to put migrant worker welfare at the front of their response to Covid-19

On 31 March 2020, a coalition of civil society organisations and trade unions, including the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, sent a letter to the Qatar government, urging them to take actions to take preventative steps to protect migrant...

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30 March 2020

As pandemic restricts travel and work, internet restrictions block Gulf migrant workers from contacting families

Author: Burhan Wazir, Coda Story

"Foreign workers in the Gulf can't call home during coronavirus crisis," 27 Mar 2020...

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30 March 2020

FIFA lawsuit (re migrant workers, Qatar)

Snapshot: In December 2016, two trade union organizations, and a Bangladeshi worker filed a lawsuit in Switzerland against FIFA. They allege FIFA’s complicity in the alleged abuse of migrant workers in Qatar. In January 2017, the Swiss courts dismisse...

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26 March 2020

Qatar: Workers head to World Cup sites despite a ban on "social gatherings" intended to stem spread of Covid-19

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20 March 2020

Qatar: Fears that poor living conditions for migrant workers linked to sharp rise in coronavirus cases

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18 March 2020

Migrant Rights reports health impacts of low-skilled work on Gulf migrants, issues recommendations

Author: Migrant Rights

"Op-ed: The precarious health situation of migrant workers in the Gulf," 24 Feb 2020...

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18 March 2020

NGO issues recommendations to business to protect Gulf migrant workers during Covid-19 outbreak

Author: Migrant Rights

"Covid-19: GCC states must take careful steps to protect migrant workers," 15 Mar 2020...

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16 March 2020

Qatar World Cup: Annual report on workers' welfare reveals 9 migrant stadium workers died in 2019, bringing total to 34 since construction began

In March 2020, the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy published its 5th annual report on worker welfare on projects for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The report covers the period from February to December 2019. During the reporting period, t...

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