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Paris-based hu­man rights group Sherpa ac­cused French con­struc­tion gi­ant Vinci of us­ing forced labour in their projects in Qatar, an al­le­ga­tion that the com­pany de­nies.

Sherpa filed a legal com­plaint against Vinci, which is be­hind sev­eral high-pro­file projects in Qatar as 49% owner of QDVC, for grave mis­treat­ment of mi­grant work­ers in Qatar, ask­ing the French courts to in­ves­ti­gate the com­pany's prac­tices. The NGO's lawyers re­ported that some of the work­ers they had spo­ken to in Qatar re­ported in­stances of 66-hour weeks and con­fis­ca­tion of pass­ports, which is il­le­gal in Qatar. The com­pany, mean­while, de­nied th­ese al­le­ga­tions. “Vinci ab­so­lutely de­nies the claims made by Sherpa. The group re­spects lo­cal labour laws and fun­da­men­tal rights in Qatar as well as in all the coun­tries where it op­er­ates,” a spokesper­son was quoted as say­ing. “In Qatar, each QDVC col­lab­o­ra­tor has free ac­cess to his pass­port, while work and rest times are strictly re­spected.” While the com­pany in­vited hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions and jour­nal­ists to visit their sites and newly built labour ac­com­mo­da­tions, they have also launched a law­suit against Sherpa for at­tack­ing its im­age.

For il­lus­tra­tive pur­poses only

Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, SHERPA

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