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Amnesty Reports Continued Worker Abuse in Qatar

Abuse announcement timed to coincide with flagship stadium's first match

Abuse of migrant workers remains widespread in Qatar, said Amnesty International in an announcement timed to coincide with the first match at the country’s newly redeveloped flagship stadium.

Migrant workers on Qatar 2022 World Cup construction sites continue to suffer abuse and exploitation, said Amnesty International. The stadium will be inaugurated on Friday evening – one month after independent auditors published fresh details of ongoing exploitation of migrant workers across World Cup projects.

“It’s a year since Amnesty International exposed the exploitation of migrant workers who helped to build the Khalifa Stadium, but abuses on Qatar 2022 sites have continued,” said James Lynch, deputy director of Amnesty International’s Global Issues Programme. “Qatar’s World Cup organizers have placed special requirements on contractors that are supposed to stop this happening, but the reality is that workers on their sites still live under Qatar’s repressive sponsorship system, which gives employers powerful tools to abuse them.

“With hundreds of thousands more people being recruited to build and service at least seven more World Cup stadiums, along with the infrastructure to support the tournament, many more migrant workers are at serious risk over the next five years.”

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