Qatari inspectors discover over 800 violations at labour camps

Government inspectors have uncovered more than 800 violations at labour camps in Qatar between March and August this year.

There were a total of 709 inspections of workers’ accommodations with 827 violations found. No details about the nature of the violations have been given.

The working and living conditions of construction operatives in the country are now under scrutiny as pressure mounts to strip Qatar of the 2022 World Cup. Over the past few years a series of revelations have been made about the number of deaths among workers, particularly those from the Indian subcontinent. 

In July, The Guardian newspaper published the result of an investigation into working conditions that found that some workers were earning as little as 45p an hour.

Experts have said that introducing new laws and recording breaches of the rules will ultimately not help. Nick McGeehan, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, told Doha News: "A lot of the laws here are very good. But what is happening if there are widespread violations? Are employers being prosecuted in a timely fashion? Will the workers be compensated? The authorities need to prosecute individuals and hold them to account. We’d like to see evidence of progress."

Qatar have recently decided to rebuild Doha’s Al Rayyan stadium from scratch for the World Cup.

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