Qatar holds hands up to labor law criticisms
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.