ANOTHER BLACK MARK FOR QATAR
Amnesty International, the UK-based human-rights group, has accused Qatar of failing to protect migrant domestic
workers, saying they are exposed to a greater amount of abuse than construction workers and are trapped by employers.
Areport published last month called My Sleep is My Break: Exploitation of Migrant Domestic Workers in the Gulf Arab State features instances of physical and sexual assault.
It said some of the women interviewed reported being “slapped, pulled by the hair, poked in the eyes, and kicked down the stairs by their employers” and that three said they were raped.
A separate report focusing on domestic workers in the 2022 World Cup host country was published to ensure they were not a “footnote to the issues construction workers face”, Amnesty researcher James Lynch said, according to the news agency Associated Press.
About 84,000 female domestic workers are employed in Qatar, most of them from South and Southeast Asia, Amnesty said. Some told the campaign group's researchers they worked “up to 100 hours a week with no day off”. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar responded to the report, saying a draft law concerning domestic workers' rights is currently being studied.