Qatar holds hands up to la­bor law crit­i­cisms

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

Qatar con­ceded Mon­day that “much more needs to be done” on the con­tro­ver­sial is­sue of la­bor re­form fol­low­ing fresh crit­i­cism of the 2022 World Cup hosts over the pace of change.

A state­ment from the newly es­tab­lished Qatar Gov­ern­ment Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fice also reaf­firmed Doha’s com­mit­ment to scrap­ping the con­tro­ver­sial “kafala” sys­tem by the end of 2015.

“Mea­sur­able progress has been made with re­gard to la­bor prac­tices in Qatar, but much more needs to be done,” read the state­ment.

It added: “As we have al­ways stated, the peo­ple of Qatar are deeply grate­ful to those who have come from for­eign lands to help us build our na­tion. Their la­bor rights — and their hu­man rights — should be, must be, and will be re­spected.”

Last week, fresh doubt was thrown on Qatar’s com­mit­ment to re­form its much-crit­i­cized la­bor laws af­ter the in­ter­ven­tion of the con­sul­ta­tive Shura Coun­cil.

The coun­cil, which re­views leg­is­la­tion, said a draft law on “kafala,” which lim­its the rights of move­ment for for­eign work­ers, could not yet be in­tro­duced and needed fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion.

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