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30 Nov 2022

Hiba Zayadin, HRW

Qatar 2022: HRW says criticism of the emirate stems from migrant workers' abuse not racism

"First World Cup in Arab World Tarnished by Migrant Worker Abuses", 29 Nov 2022

the tournament has drawn unprecedented global scrutiny primarily for its treatment of migrant workers, LGBT people, and women.

In response, Qatar has accused its critics of racist motivations while FIFA President Gianni Infantino delivered a diatribe of attacks  to deflect the global scrutiny...

Instead of disregarding the worldwide criticism of Qatar’s human rights record as merely racially motivated attacks, we should instead self-reflect on how migrant workers are treated across our entire region. The World Cup has shone a spotlight on the abusive kafala system that gives employers excessive control over migrant workers, allowing them to exploit and abuse them with impunity. Qatar has made important reforms to the kafala system in recent years, but they have simply not gone far enough to address the widespread abuses...