This article outlines some of the key elements affecting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. It covers the enabling law, the protections provided to workers, commercial restriction areas, and the human rights watch report calling on Qatar to do more to improve the treatment of migrant workers. There are also concerns regarding the enactment of new legislation addressing the rights of migrant workers in Qatar.
Enactment of Enabling Law:
The Enabling Law governs the hosting of the Competition, which will run from 10 days before the first match until five days after the last game. This law is intended to facilitate the exchange of various currencies among visitors and is subject to various restrictions. During this time, the State of Qatar may refuse entry permits for various reasons, including health reasons. During this time, Covid-19 fans will enjoy several benefits, including free public transport on match days and access to emergency medical services.
Protections provided to workers:
There is no clear answer on the extent of the protections provided to workers in Qatar’s preparations for the FIFA 2022 World Cup. The Labor Ministry reports that there have been no complaints of forced labor. However, the employer’s right to terminate the contract is not absolute. The right to terminate the contract does not exempt an employer from any liability for violating the rights of its workers.
Commercial Restriction Areas:
In addition, the Commercial Restriction Areas are prohibited from using brand names, labels, or logos for sale in any retail outlet, or to give away free promotional items to fans of the competition. Businesses are also prohibited from offering free promotional items, distributing flyers, or establishing human billboards outside their establishments. During the competition period, the competition will be held on the ground of Doha’s Expo 2020.
Human Rights Watch report calling on Qatar’s government to improve the treatment of migrant workers
The Human Rights Watch report, released today, calls on the Qatari government to amend its labor laws to protect migrant workers, enshrine the right to strike, and ensure the safety of migrant workers. Despite the government’s attempts to address the problems, migrant workers continue to face exploitation. Their passports are often confiscated, and they are often not paid their wages. The report highlights the risk of forced labor and the potential for abuse.