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Qatar 2022 World Cup of Shame: Abuse of migrant labor continues

Amnesty International said today that abuse of migrant labor at Qatar 2022 World Cup construction sites continues unabated. The human rights organization said that migrant workers continue to suffer various forms of abuse and exploitation. Last year too, Amnesty International had exposed the systemic abuse of migrant labor deployed for the renovation of Khalifa International Stadium. The stadium will be opened today, just one month after reports indicated that migrant laborers were being exploited at the construction site. Speaking about the exploitation of migrant labor, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Global Issues Programme James Lynch said, “It’s a year since Amnesty International exposed the exploitation of migrant workers who helped to build the Khalifa Stadium, but abuses on Qatar 2022 sites have continued.”

Mr. Lynch also said that contractors have been asked to take steps to prevent abuse, but migrant laborers are still being exploited since the construction sites are still governed under Qatar’s repressive sponsorship system that gives employers the tools to abuse migrant labors. “With hundreds of thousands more people being recruited to build and service at least seven more World Cup stadiums, along with the infrastructure to support the tournament, many more migrant workers are at serious risk over the next five years,” Lynch added.

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