May 16, 2022

World Cup presents opportunity for Qatar to protect workers

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By Miriam Karmali, Law & policyWill Qatar protect its migrant workers before the World Cup?Ahead of the World Cup, pressure has been building on Qatar to address human rights abuses reported by low-paid migrant workers in the country. Though Qatar has introduced a host of legal reforms to improve migrant workers’ conditions, the reality on […]

Chuck E. Cheese signs new development agreements in Qatar, Suriname and Guyana

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Three new countries will soon experience the world’s number one family entertainment restaurant brand, Chuck E. Cheese, adding to an already rapid expansion story for Chuck E. Cheese internationally DALLAS, Dec. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Chuck E. Cheese, the global family entertainment brand, continues to drive international expansion and has successfully signed development agreements […]

Success! Finally, bill to end child marriage progresses

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By Miriam Karmali, Freedom United Forced marriageU.K. MPs vote on bill to ban child marriageSuccess! U.K. MPs voted on Friday to pass a bill that would criminalize child marriage, progressing the bill to the next stage in the parliamentary process – with government support! We have been waiting since October 2020 for the bill to move to […]

Qatar’s empty promises

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By Krysta Bisnauth, Freedom United It’s been over a year since the Qatari government passed labor reforms that were historic for the Gulf Region in theory ending the kafala system which binds migrant employees to employers regardless of the employee’s wishes or circumstances.  We’ve been keeping a watchful eye and from what we see, the kafala system is alive […]

Act to support Qatar’s plan to protect workers!

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Miriam Karmali, Freedom United Big news. The ILO recently announced that Qatar plans to abolish the kafala system in the country, signalling an end to an employment practice notorious for leaving migrant workers vulnerable to forced labor. Qatar is the first country in the Gulf region to make this commitment and we are eager to see it realized  – can […]

World Cup 2022: Qatar still a “playground for unscrupulous employers”

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Despite promises to reform and ensure abused migrant workers have access to remedy, new research from Amnesty International reveals that hundreds of migrant workers in Qatar have given up on receiving unpaid wages, returning home penniless. Amnesty’s report, All work, no pay: The struggle of Qatar’s migrant workers for justice, documents how workers employed by three construction […]

Did you know slavery is involved in bringing us the World Cup?

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From Freedom United The Women’s 2019 World Cup is drawing to a close and many of us are now looking forward to the Men’s 2022 World Cup – but not at the expense of workers’ freedom. Migrant workers in Qatar, some of whom are involved in construction projects for the World Cup, are alleging labor abuses that amount […]

Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsi dies during trial

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From BBC Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi, ousted by the military in 2013 after one year in office, has collapsed in a courtroom and died, officials say. A top figure in the now-banned Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi had just addressed the court from a cage at a hearing on charges of espionage. Morsi, who […]

Rugby: Qatar and Cayman Islands among unions keen to host Sevens World Cup

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from Rugby World Eleven unions from all over the planet declare interest in 2022 event GettyImages-1004132616-630×420.jpg Last time out: Action from San Francisco in 2018 (Getty Images) Qatar and Cayman Islands among unions keen to host Sevens World Cup Eleven unions have formally expressed their interest in hosting Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2022. Argentina, […]

A win for migrant workers in Qatar!

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By Joanna Ewart-James, From Freedom United Qatar has finally passed a law that no longer requires all migrant workers to obtain exit visas to leave the country. Our community has been calling for this change since 2016! Widely known as the kafala system, migrant workers must rely on their employers’ permission to obtain an exit […]