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Revealed: How coronavirus outbreak is shining a light on violations inside Qatar’s labor camps

Author: Arab News, Published on: 5 April 2020

Many of [Sri Lankan worker Antony's] former dormitory mates and co-workers now find themselves in a virtual prison, sealed off inside the Industrial Area by Qatari internal security following the coronavirus outbreak...

The abject squalor of the Industrial Area has long been an open secret... its remote location meant it was safely out of the sight of journalists on all-expenses-paid Qatar tours and visiting officials of international organizations...

with possibly thousands of workers infected with the coronavirus and the entire district under strict lockdown, the public-health crisis has become yet another blot on Qatar’s reputation...

A diplomatic source said: “The situation (as of Friday) is under control, but not entirely. There are serious restrictions on workers’ movement.”

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