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A new Amnesty report has harsh words for Qatar

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“For five months I had to live with very little food and no salary. My family was really affected. Tears come to my eyes when I remember where we used to go to find food… in the bins.” That’s Jack, a migrant worker from Kenya describing what happened to him in the wealthiest country, per capita, in the world. The country is Qatar, the host for the 2022 World Cup and host, too, to two million migrants building the infrastructure for football’s greatest extravaganza.

Jack’s story is but one in a damning new investigation by Amnesty International into the failure of the government of Qatar to deliver on promises made to end the abuse of migrants. The report, titled “All Work, No Pay” was released today. It details how hundreds of workers either received no pay or were forced to accept only partial settlements for wages owed after the collapse of three firms, one of them owned by a senior member of the ruling Al Thani family.

That the Qataris, despite some efforts to overhaul the treatment of migrants, find themselves once again facing harsh criticism should come as no surprise. In June of this year an investigation by the German broadcaster WDR found unpaid wages to be a recurrent theme for thousands of Nepalese workers on projects in Qatar. It featured interviews with migrants who alleged a range of additional abuse including expired visas, poor accommodation and hazardous working conditions. Other investigations have detailed the casual way in which the........

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