08/25/2017, 09.21
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Doha, more rights to migrant domestic workers

The new law provides a maximum of 10 hours per day, monthly payments and breaks. In the country, there are 100,000 foreign domestic workers. They are often treated like slaves: 100 hours of weekly work, abuses and salary deductions, confiscation of passports. In view of the 2022 World Cup, pressure on Doha is growing. 

Doha (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Domestic workers should work for a maximum of up to 10 hours, receive monthly payments and one week's holiday per week as well as three-week vacation during the year. This is the content of the new Qatar-approved law on the rights of domestic workers. The norm will protect thousands of home cooks and cleaners in the Gulf Country, almost all foreigners.

At the end of the contract, workers will also receive a three-week payment for each year of service. The law also prohibits the recruitment of people older than 60 and younger than 18. Emamin Tamin bin Hamad al-Thani issued legislation last August 22, as reported by the Qatar news agency.

Hundreds of thousands of foreign workers have moved in recent years to the emirate, including 100,000 women employed as domestic workers.

This is the first time that domestic staff regulations have been adopted, whose treatment in the country had been criticized by some workers who complained of slave-like conditions.

According to Guardian, in 2014 many foreign women employed in the country were forced to work for 100 hours a week. In addition, their passports were confiscated, their salary was withheld and many were victims of physical and sexual violence.

Recently, Qatar has also come under the pressure of the international community to improve the conditions of construction workers employed in the 2022 World Cup construction. At the moment, Qatar is under the scrutiny of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Which gave the country time until November to improve its human rights standards and not to incur sanctions.

Qatar is not the only country in the area to be accused of abusing foreign workers. In 2015, Indonesia announced that it would have stopped sending domestic workers to 21 countries in the Middle East due to the ill-treatment that they suffered.

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