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Qatar uncovers more than 800 labour camp violations

New figures revealed as Qatar continues to be under scrutiny over treatment of 2022 World Cup workers

Qatar uncovers more than 800 labour camp violations
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More than 800 violations were uncovered by inspectors during visits to labour accommodation in Qatar between March and August, it has been reported.

Teams tasked with monitoring the living conditions of workers in the Gulf state have been reporting more than 20 violations each week during the period, according to Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics figures.

On average, investigators are finding more than one transgression during every inspection, Doha News reported.

It said that between March and August, the government conducted 709 inspections of labour accommodations and found 827 violations.

The figures come as the living and working conditions of labourers in Qatar is being intensely scrutinised as the country ramps up construction of major transportation projects, infrastructure and stadiums ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

No details were released about the nature of the violations, Doha News added.

In February, Qatar’s new World Cup worker welfare standards were dismissed as a sham by welfare and trade union groups, which claim they fall short of properly protecting migrants’ rights.

The Workers' Welfare Standards document, released by Qatar in response to outcry over the treatment of construction workers building World Cup facilities, sets out regulations "throughout the entire chain of contracting, from recruitment to repatriation".

It includes greater scrutiny of worker payments, comprehensive specifications for worker accommodation, as well as more labour inspectors to support the new welfare standards all overseen by a Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.

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