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End Forced Labor in Qatar

Bide Majakoti knows the horror of forced labor in Qatar first-hand. He travelled from Nepal on the promise of a well-paid job and paid high recruitment fees to secure it. When he arrived he was forced to accept a different job and his nightmare began.

Unfortunately, as construction for the football World Cup 2022 intensifies, more migrant workers will be vulnerable to forced labor than ever before.

Over 90% of Qatar’s workforce are migrant workers, brought to the country under kafala, the ‘sponsorship’ system.1 It is a foreign worker sponsorship programme that jeopardises basic human rights of migrant workers, allowing slavery-like conditions to flourish leaving thousands vulnerable to forced labor and other human rights abuses.

Bide was forced to work in the blistering heat without safety precautions or pay. With no other option open to him, he returned home saddled with debt. While Bide ultimately returned home to tell his story, thousands of others never get that chance.

Many others’ experiences are even worse; workers often have their wages withheld, are denied exit visas, are housed in dirty, unsafe conditions and forced to work long hours with little rest despite the high heat.2

Right now we have an opportunity to help. The Minister of Labor made promises to make substantial reform to the kafala system, ensuring the protection of migrant workers.3 Now, the deadline for these reforms has passed.

We’ve seen significant improvements to the kafala system in Bahrain, Kuwait and other neighboring countries. Now it’s time for Qatar to safeguard its migrant workers.

Call on the Minister of Labor to deliver on critical reforms he promised and end the forced labor in Qatar.


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john Bestevaar

How can free people allow the Nation of Qatar to turn sponsorship into a slavery system? Blockade Qatar by sea and air until they change their system

Ray Barker
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La emigración de seres humanos en busca de la sobrevivencia terminara, siempre y cuando en los países de origen los recursos del lugar (país) , distribuya las riquezas convertidos en bienestar para todos, de forma equitativa, sin el enriquecimiento grosero de unos pocos.


Soy Hélyda nuevamente. La frase dice: La emigración de seres humanos en busca de SOBREVIVENCIA, TERMINARÁ…eso decía ¿por qué cambia?

Carey Majeski
Carey Majeski

Global indifference to human subjugation will intensify in coming years. After years of propaganda and dismantled schools, populations of so-called “democracies” have lost their critical ability to form beliefs and attitudes outside of those expressed by major media outlets. These outlets are little more than voices of corporate boardrooms and state departments, both of which have always been the principle drivers of human subjugation. Media-Manufactured crises will always take precedence.

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Qatar: End forced labor

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Dr. Issa bin Saad Al-Jafali Al-Nuaimi, Minister for administrative development, labor and social affairs,

Your Excellency,

While I applaud you for your public commitment to reform the kafala system in Qatar, the changes made to date are insufficient to protect migrant workers from forced labor and exploitation.

I ask that you take further steps to end forced labor by:

  1. Introducing and enforcing penalties on employers where the practice of contract substitution takes place, that forces workers to accept lower wages on arrival into Qatar.
  1. Ensuring migrant workers’ passports are returned, and that workers hold their own passports and are given their worker IDs, through more effective enforcement and implementation of current laws targeting employers.
  1. Removing impediments to workers leaving the country, and changing employers including any employer objections to exit visas.

Whilst these are important first steps in the fight to ensure basic worker rights, there is a need to go much further towards ending the abuse of migrant workers’ rights.

Thank you for your leadership on this issue and I look forward to hearing further announcements and details of substantive reforms to end modern slavery in Qatar.


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