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QATAR ASKS FOR TIME TO IMPLEMENT LABOUR REFORMS

Qatar needs more time to address problems of employees at the mercy of their employers before his 2022 World Cup.

Qataris are on the way to take the country far from the past practices and to provide to their citizens the human rights they ever had up to now. Mr Al-Khater, one of the most forthright statements to date by a Qatari official, said that “the Kafala System has been instituted a very long time ago and I think there’s a recognition that it does not work anymore and is not suitable in this day and age”.

The impulse comes from criticism addressed to Qatar because of the fact the employees are at the mercy of employers, and therefore it is necessary to withdraw the rights to organize the 2022 World Cup.

The Gulf State’s has received attacks from every part. Theo Zwanziger, the FIFA executive committee member in charge of monitoring Qatari progress on the labour issue, Wolfgang Niersbach, German football federation president, and Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, have warned Qataris about the failure to establish an independent monitoring committee that had been proposed by a Qatar-sponsored study conducted by law firm DLA Piper, and they said they should allow groups like Amnesty International or the International Trade Union Confederation to monitor labour conditions on World-Cup construction sites, because human rights would be a criterion in awarding World Cup hosting rights.

Supreme Committee communications director Nasser Al-Khater and Qatar Olympic Committee secretary general Sheikh Saoud Adulrahman Al-Thani argued that Qatar was aware of cultural and legal changes which would have to embrace as a result of its winning bid, and that contract is contract, if all the requirements were decided with consensus in contract terms with FIFA, Qatar should respect it. But to do that, they need time.

Qatar is a young country with just 40 years history. He took several years to rich countries to get developed. Al-Khater argued: “just like any other country in the world when you change a law it takes time. You can’t close your eyes and say: Tomorrow we’re going to change the law or you will have so many chain reactions after that”.

There is anyway one controversy. People from Qatar fear of the huge influx of foreigners needed to build and operate the country that they risk to lose their identity and control of their state.

The gLAWcal Team

The 4th of February 2015

(Source: Daily News Egypt)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.