United Nations member states have called upon Qatar to reform its domestic workers’ rights policy and ban capital punishment.
Qatar is one of the 14 states currently undergoing a Human Rights Council assessment, a UN-led process known as Universal Periodic Review (UPR) involving all 193 member states.
Concerns around Qatar’s suitability to host the tournament have abounded since the shock decision to award them the competition in 2010.
Since its last review in 2014, the Gulf country has taken a number of initiatives to bring its national legislation in line with international human rights covenants, claimed a Qatari official at the country’s review.
But in fact, the conditions of migrant workers are still going from bad to worse.
Willy Fautre, Director of Human Rights Without Frontiers, recently said that Qatar is due to defend its human rights record at the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva this week, with concerns surrounding their treatment of World Cup workers likely to come to the fore.
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