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UN rights panel urges Qatar on labor law

May 7, 2014

GENEVA (AP) — The human rights record of 2022 World Cup host Qatar has been repeatedly criticized at a meeting of UN delegates.

Several of 84 states speaking at a U.N. Human Rights Council panel reviewing Qatar’s record on Wednesday raised concerns about the exploitation of construction and domestic household workers and lack of legal protections for more vulnerable people.

Recommendations, which are not binding, included scrapping exit visas which can prevent immigrant workers leaving, and legally protecting against what Belgium said was “persistence of violence against women and girls.”

Qatar’s assistant foreign minister, Sheik Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, outlined progress since a previous review in 2010.

He tells the Associated Press “we have seen that there are some helpful recommendations from different countries.”

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