Qatar Football World Cup Tickets: Damning Amnesty report says workers still exploited in Qatar

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Amnesty International released a new report on Monday stating that xenophobia was rampant in Qatar with a year to go before the FIFA World Cup 2022. Thousands of workers are currently locked up and exploited even though Qatar passed two laws last year to lift restrictions on immigrant workers leaving the country or changing jobs. The international human rights organization has called on FIFA and its Qatar World Cup 2022 product ambassador David Beckham to put pressure on Qatar to fulfill its commitment to ensuring workers' rights.

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Qatar migrant workers, many of them from poor countries, are still being exploited under the kafala subsidy program, Amnesty said in its 48-page report entitled Reality Check 2021. He accused the authorities of being indifferent in enforcing laws to end a system that bound workers to their employers.  The nation assured FIFA last year that the Kafala program would be phased out due to approval to host the tournament, which starts on November 21.

In addition to allowing employees to change jobs or leave the country without the consent of their employer, these changes included the clause regulating working hours, minimum wages, and a court order to deal with harassment of employees. The report quoted one immigrant worker as saying that he was intimidated by his employer when he wanted to change his job and told him that he had to pay 6,000 Qatari Riyals to obtain a certificate of refusal. The amount is five times her monthly salary.

Amnesty's global news program director Mark Dummett states: They have little hope of finding a solution, compensation, or justice. After the FIFA World Cup, the fate of the remaining workers in Qatar will be even more uncertain. Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world but its economy relies on two million migrant workers living there. For more to know about Qatar World Cup tickets Click here.

In addition, Amnesty also reported cases of sexual assault, rape, serious injury, cruelty, unsanitary conditions, and mass deaths not only in Qatar but also in other Gulf countries. The report comes three months after another tragic report published by Amnesty in August, which said there were thousands of unexplained deaths of migrant workers in Qatar over the years and criticized the nation for failing to investigate the deaths.

The Qatari government has issued a lengthy statement, saying it rejected Amnesty's report, stressing that the transformation of workers had been successful in ending exploitation and citing steps that had been successful in ending the ‘Kafala' program. Qatar rejects Amnesty's claim that the labor revolution has not changed into a revolution for hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers, the statement said.

Amnesty failed to write a single story among the 242,870 employees who successfully changed jobs since the barriers were removed in September 2020, or to the more than 400,000 employees who directly benefited from the new minimum wage for wage increases and other financial compensation. For this reason, despite Amnesty's criticism, Qatar will continue to work constructively with a host of labor experts and staff to build on the progress that has been made.

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