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Qatar: Reform Efforts Fail to Remedy Rights Abuses

Expand Workers in Katara cultural heritage village in Doha, Qatar.  © 2018 Ramil Sitdikov / Sputnik via AP (Beirut) – Migrant workers, asylum seekers, stateless people, and women in Qatar remained susceptible to abuse in 2019 despite new laws and regulations aimed at better protecting human rights, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020. In October 2019, the government announced significant reforms that would allow migrant workers to change jobs and leave the country without employer consent. These are key elements of the kafala (sponsorship) system that tie migrant workers’…

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