At the start of the Qatar Athletics World Cup, Doha is once again facing criticism over the situation of its foreign workers.
Qatar, which will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and see the opening of the World Athletics Championship, has improved the situation in a comprehensive and comprehensive way for the rights of the two million foreign workers working in the country, but those reforms, an Amnesty International official told Reuters in an interview. It does not live up to the promises made by the Gulf state.
Doha has come under criticism for what rights groups say are poor conditions for workers.
"There has been a slight improvement, but in general we have found that there has been no real progress and that workers are paying for it," said Stephen Cockburn, deputy director of Amnesty International's International Issues Division.
In a report published the previous week, the organization documented cases of some 2,000 workers who had not recovered unpaid wages despite a dispute resolution committee and a fund to pay their wages. Many were forced to return home without being paid.
"We believe that players such as FIFA sponsors and others, as well as national football federations, can play a role in highlighting these issues by talking about them and trying to encourage and pressure the Qatari authorities to do what they say they will do," Cockburn said.
For its part, Qatar said in an official statement in response to the report of Amnesty International that it is working to ensure that these reforms are effective and reach as many as possible and that any issues or delays in the system will be dealt with adequately.