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Worker abuse painstakingly defined in new report on labor in Qatar

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Human Rights Watch is releasing a damning report about Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers today.

The report, which we will publish on Doha News at 11am, highlights abuses that many of Qatar’s more than half million low-income workers are subjected to on a daily basis.

HRW says its findings and recommendations are designed to help the country improve its labor standards in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup, which will require a huge influx of migrant labor to support several major construction projects.

Meanwhile, Qatar’s labor minister has reiterated plans to form “workers’ committees” to protect employee rights.

The move, however, continues to be criticized by the International Trade Union Confederation, which has called for a boycott of Qatar’s World Cup due to the country’s labor rights violations.

Al Jazeera English interviewed workers in India ahead of the report’s release.

Check it out below – and be sure to check back with us in a few hours.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVFE9EW_ZNY]

Credit: Photo by Dan A’vard

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