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“If you want to go back [home], you have to pay back the money we spent to bring you here.”
 
 “Atiya Z.” (not her real name) and I were sitting under a veranda, shaded from the hot sun in Dar es Salaam, the commercial capital of Tanzania, when…
Employment visa from Oman in the passport of a former Tanzanian domestic worker. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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By reforming its nationality law, ratifying the Refugee Convention and joining the ICC, Qatar can become a model state in the region - and protect itself from attack

Click to expand Image A road sign is seen near Abu Samra border…
A road sign is seen near Abu Samra border crossing to Saudi Arabia, Qatar June 12, 2017.
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Qatar today faces a crisis, but it is also an opportunity to become a regional leader on human rights

This is the text of Kenneth Roth's speech delivered on July 24 in Doha at the Freedom of Expression conference organised by Qatar's National Human Rights Committee. 
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Doha Skyline, Qatar.
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President Obama might be in for a frosty reception when he heads to Riyadh on April 21 for a Gulf Cooperation Council summit meeting, after his widely quoted characterization of “a number of Gulf states” as “free-riders.”
 
 This isn’t the first…
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Report commissioned by Qatar government largely concurs with findings that workers are being subjected to serious exploitation. A long-awaited report has criticised Qatar's controversial kafala system as "no longer the appropriate tool for the effective…
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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…
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When German companies meet in Frankfurt on November 6 to discuss business opportunities in Qatar, human rights should matter. It is not only the recent criticism that rained down on Qatar over the international media coverage of the Gulf state’s…
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As a former Australian leader and representative of our labour movement, Gillard cannot allow her visit to burnish a government that treats workers so badly Most Australians only know Qatar as the country that beat Australia’s bid to host the 2022 Fifa…
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Migrant worker abuse is widespread in Qatar – but the 2022 World Cup organisers seem to be taking the issue seriously. Will the new emir do the same? The Guardian's findings that labourers in Qatar are falling victim to what it calls modern-day slavery…
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The Stoic philosopher Epictetus warned of the dangers of casually bad-mouthing the ruler in ancient Rome: “A soldier, dressed like a civilian, sits down by your side, and begins to speak ill of Caesar, and then you too, just as though you had received…
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Boris Johnson prefaces his 800-word hagiography on Qatar - 'We can't afford to ignore our dynamic friends in the East' - with an anecdote about camel beauty contests, before concluding that Qatar is one of the emerging markets where Britain 'must expand…
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The challenge for UK firms is a serious one - how to conform to the industry’s best practices which they preach in a country where the standard practice is so poor? As British and Qatari Royals inaugurated the Shard - London’s newest tower and the…
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The Toil of Migrant Workers in Qatar

The stench of mold in the dormitory was overpowering. A dozen bunk beds hugged the perimeter, lest one centimeter of potential sleeping space be wasted. Wooden planks served as mattresses for some of the men who called that barrack home. This was not a…
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The wars in Libya and the Congo highlight the vexing problem of rape as a military weapon

Iman Obeidi became famous in March when she burst into the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli and accused Libyan forces of raping her. She was quickly taken by authorities, but eventually found her way to Qatar to seek refugee status in the West. Last week, Qatari…
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The call was urgent, the news shocking: Qatar, a close US ally and supporter of the NATO campaign in Libya, had forced a Libyan woman who said she was raped onto a plane back to Libya. I could hardly believe the story -- not because I'm surprised by…