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Qatar: "Why do you want to rest?": Ongoing abuse of domestic workers in Qatar

, Index number: MDE 22/3175/2020

This report looks at how the serious flaws in Qatar’s laws and systems of implementation continue to fail the most vulnerable people in the country – the army of 173,000 domestic workers, most of whom are women. Despite the introduction in 2017 of a Domestic Workers Law, many of these women continue to face gruelling working conditions, toiling from dawn till late at night in private homes, isolated and hidden from the public gaze. Governed by the kafala sponsorship system – now under reform – there have been few options for them to escape this abuse.

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