• Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup raised major concerns over the mistreatment of low-paid migrant workers. The country’s flawed labor system and lack of law enforcement facilitated the trafficking and forced labor of workers. Legal provisions discriminate against woman in matters related to family and personal status. Qatar’s 2014 law “on the suppression of electronic crimes,” poses a serious threat to freedom of expression.

  • Feb 25, 2015
    All Olympic host countries should ensure protection of human rights, including labor and free media protections, and implement anti-corruption measures in the lead-up to and during Olympic Games, the new Sport and Rights Alliance (SRA) said today ahead of a key meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week.
  • Feb 5, 2015
    Qatari authorities should implement labor reforms to protect migrant workers from serious human rights abuses; proposed reforms in 2014 are a welcome step but need to go further, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015.

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Qatar

  • Feb 25, 2015
    All Olympic host countries should ensure protection of human rights, including labor and free media protections, and implement anti-corruption measures in the lead-up to and during Olympic Games, the new Sport and Rights Alliance (SRA) said today ahead of a key meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week.
  • Feb 5, 2015
    Qatari authorities should implement labor reforms to protect migrant workers from serious human rights abuses; proposed reforms in 2014 are a welcome step but need to go further, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015.
  • Dec 17, 2014
    We write to ask whether FIFA is taking any steps to integrate human rights provisions in its Statute and contract requirements for future FIFA World Cup hosts, similar to those recently adopted by the International Olympic Committee, and to request an early meeting with you to discuss this and other human rights concerns, notably continued discrimination that bars women and girl spectators from attending football matches in Iran.
  • Oct 15, 2014
  • May 14, 2014
    A long-awaited report has criticised Qatar's controversial kafala system as "no longer the appropriate tool for the effective control of migration". This negative assessment of the system, which binds workers to one employer, carries all the more weight because it is the central finding of a report the Gulf state commissioned in response to international outrage over its treatment of migrant workers.
  • May 1, 2014
    King Juan Carlos is visiting Kuwait and Bahrain this week, after Abu Dhabi and Qatar two weeks ago in a series of visits to the gulf region that will also take him to Oman and Saudi Arabia over the next two months. He is traveling with a high-level delegation that includes the ministers of foreign affairs, transport, defense and energy, as well as the heads of some of Spain’s biggest companies.
  • Apr 26, 2014
    Vague provisions of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) joint security agreement raise concerns. Member countries could use the agreement to suppress free expression and undermine privacy rights of citizens and residents.
  • Feb 17, 2014
    Prince Charles has an opportunity on this visit to go beyond talking in generalities about inter-faith dialogue and tolerance to the very Gulf rulers whose governments consistently repress dissent and subject women, religious minorities and migrant workers to egregious abuses. We urge him to do so and to confound his minders and advisers by speaking up for rights and justice.
  • Feb 11, 2014
  • Jan 21, 2014
    International criticism over serious abuses of migrant workers was focused on Qatar during 2013, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014. The authorities have ignored warnings to reform a legal and regulatory system that facilitates forced labor.