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Qatar: Isolation Causing Rights Abuses

Author: Human Rights Watch (USA), Published on: 13 July 2017

The isolation of Qatar...is precipitating serious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today. It is...stranding migrant workers without food or water...Human Rights Watch researchers interviewed and documented the cases of...70 foreign migrant workers living in Qatar, many of whose rights have been violated by restrictive policies imposed since June 5...The isolation of Qatar has negatively affected non-Gulf foreign migrant workers, primarily from South Asia...Human Rights Watch interviewed 70 migrant workers – most from Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan...Some reported long-standing abuses such as non-payment or late payment of salaries or unsanitary living conditions, but nearly all complained that the closure of the land border had caused a rise in food prices in Qatar that was causing serious economic hardship...A corporate social responsibility officer at a large company in Qatar said by phone that she heard from two other companies with migrant worker employees that fruit companies were not selling their produce “in supermarkets for workers” but did not know why. She said that her company was focused on nutrition for its migrant workers and looking at alternatives for perishable fruits and vegetables such as fruit juice, and frozen fruits and vegetables. Two construction workers also said that their work sites had run out of building materials because of the land border closure, and that they worried about their companies’ stability.

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