AN­OTHER BLACK MARK FOR QATAR

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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.

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