U.N. urges Qatar to change migrant worker laws
Qatar has come under fire for its treatment of migrant construction workers. (AFP/File)
The United Nations has urged Qatar to change its protocol regarding migrant workers, AP reports.
The U.N. has suggested that Qatar eliminate the sponsorship system that ties migrant workers to employers and often leads to exploitation. Human rights representatives are most concerned about domestic workers and construction workers.
“There are widespread reports of violations of the rights of migrant workers, especially in the context of preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup,” the Ireland delegation said.
Some countries have recommended that Qatar get rid of exit visas which can prevent migrant workers from leaving their host countries. Others proposed instating new laws for legal protection for non citizens, reports AP.
Qatari officials have been responsive to the suggestions, at least publically.
“We recognize that there are certain issues and challenges we are facing about the migrant workers. We think the World Cup is a catalyst for us to help us accelerate our performance,” said Qatar’s foreign minister.
According to AP, Qatar is planning to announce changes to their system within the next few weeks.
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