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Qatar: UN expert welcomes solidarity agenda, urges more action on climate change and migrants’ human rights

Author: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Published on: 11 September 2019

A UN human rights [Obiora C. Okafor] expert has commended Qatar for its significant contribution to human rights-based solidarity with other States and peoples, while identifying ... the treatment of migrants as areas for further action...

Presenting a preliminary statement at the end of a nine-day visit to Qatar, Okafor praised the Government for creating and strengthening the infrastructure needed to promote and effectively deliver its international solidarity agenda...

Despite the continued existence of certain aspects of the Kafala sponsorship system for migrant workers, the expert welcomed improvements to the system and ongoing efforts to abolish it. He urged the Government to expand recently enacted protection to all foreign workers, including to migrant domestic workers and others not currently covered.

Okafor called on Qatar to do more to expand access to justice for workers facing exploitation and abuse, and highlighted the need for a higher, non-discriminatory and permanent minimum wage.

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