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Latest news & responses: Outreach to construction firms in Qatar and the UAE

News, company responses and non-responses related to Business & Human Rights Resource Centre's outreach to construction companies operating in Qatar and the UAE.

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13 November 2017

UAE: Labour abuse of migrant construction workers on Louvre Abu Dhabi revisited as museum opens to public

Related items: ILO investigation into Saadiyat Island labour abuses, United Arab Emirates Saadiyat, United Arab Emirates: Human Rights Watch says workers better protected but gaps remain

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30 October 2017

Qatar announces significant labour reforms for migrant workers, technical cooperation agreement with ILO; rights groups call for follow-through on implementation

On October 24 and 25, 2017 the government of Qatar announced, via its news agency, plans to establish a minimum wage for migrant workers and a “Workers’ Support and Insurance Fund” to ensure workers are paid overdue wages. One of the statements also...

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1 October 2017

Human Rights Watch urges Qatar & FIFA 2022 World Cup Organisers to reform heat protection regulations for migrant construction workers; includes FIFA response & Supreme Committee statement

In September 2017, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report calling on the Qatari government to adopt and enforce laws to protect migrant construction workers from fatal heat-related illnesses. HRW also urged FIFA and national football associations...

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27 September 2017

Qatar labourer ‘sacked’ for speaking to UN team

Author: AFP

A Nepalese construction worker in Qatar was “sacked” the day after speaking to a UN delegation visiting [Qatar] to examine labour conditions. The incident is considered serious enough that the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) said it would...

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25 September 2017

UAE: Mixed response from companies implicated in alleged migrant labour abuse at Trump International Golf Club


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8 September 2017

New guidelines launched to help companies combat modern slavery in the construction sector

Author: BRE Buzz (UK)

"Eight Pathways Launched to Combat Modern Slavery and Unethical Practice in Supply Chains", 07 Sep 2017....

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28 August 2017

Indian government to provide legal & financial assistance for Indian workers trapped in labour disputes in the UAE

Author: Gulf Business (UAE)

“Indian government to fund labour cases, pay overstay fines for nationals in UAE”, 24 August 2017...

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23 August 2017

Qatar 2022 World Cup: Migrant Worker Fatality Tracker

This dataset tracks - on an ongoing basis - public reports of individual migrant worker deaths linked to the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The dataset relies on information published in media reports and on the Supreme Comittee for Deliver & Legacy's...

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7 August 2017

Qatar: Migrant workers employed by electromechanical engineering company MegaTec stranded, owed months of unpaid wages - company did not respond

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3 July 2017

Qatar: Abuse of migrant workers continues as World Cup stadium opens

Author: Areeb Ullah, Middle East Eye (UK)

"Qatar World Cup: Air-con stadium opens as worker abuse continues", 19 May 2017...

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