• Qatar’s migrant workers, who comprise 80 percent of the population, remain acutely vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. The prohibition on trade unions, the kafala system of sponsorship-based employment, illegally imposed recruitment fees, and the routine confiscation of passports enables employers to exercise inordinate control over migrant workers. Many migrant workers live in crowded, unsanitary housing, and work under conditions of forced labor. Qatar’s winning bid for the 2022 Football World Cup has resulted in a booming construction sector that is expected to create a demand for a further one million foreign workers. The country should reform its regulatory and legal framework to protect them.

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  • May 28, 2015
    The next president of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) – world football’s governing body – should ensure that future host countries of the World Cup are required to comply with fundamental human rights norms, Human Rights Watch said today. The FIFA presidential election will be held in Zurich on May 29, 2015.