Qatar: Domestic Laborers Share Nerve Racking Records Of Misuse And Abuse

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 08:12 am

Another report by Amnesty International uncovers how traveler homegrown specialists utilized in Qatar have been pushed to limit by outrageous exhaust, absence of rest, and damaging and corrupting treatment.

The association addressed 105 ladies who had been utilized as live-in homegrown laborers in Qatar, and found that their privileges were all the while being manhandled and abused in spite of government changes pointed toward improving their working conditions. A few ladies said they had been survivors of genuine violations, for example, rape.

The presentation of the 2017 Domestic Workers Law was a stage forward for work rights assurance in Qatar. Unfortunately, the records of the ladies we addressed clarify that these changes have not been appropriately executed or authorized,” said Steve Cockburn, Head of Economic and Social Justice at Amnesty International.

“Homegrown specialists disclosed to us they were working a normal of 16 hours per day, all week long, undeniably more than the law permits. Practically completely had their visa seized by their bosses, and others depicted not getting their compensations and being exposed to horrendous abuses and attacks.

The general picture is of a framework which keeps on permitting businesses to treat homegrown specialists not as individuals but rather as assets.”

There are around 173,000 transient homegrown laborers in Qatar. A portion of the ladies Amnesty International met were as yet in their positions. Others had left yet stayed in Qatar, and others had gotten back to their nations of origin. Like the ladies themselves, the businesses they depicted were from a wide range of nations. The sum total of what names have been changed to ensure personalities.

The maltreatments archived in the report, ‘For what reason would you like to rest?’ are encouraged by a blend of components, including the absence of examination instruments to guarantee consistence with the Domestic Workers Law, and parts of Qatar’s Sponsorship framework which keep on giving businesses unnecessary controls over their representatives. Numerous ladies face snags detailing misuse and criminal acts to specialists, and there is inescapable exemption.


As of late Qatar has acquainted a few changes and activities with improve working conditions for traveler laborers.

It has turned out mindfulness lobbies for homegrown laborers and their managers, and dispatched an experimental run program utilizing few live-out homegrown specialists.

Most as of late it presented a lowest pay permitted by law and canceled the prerequisite for laborers to get their managers’ consent to change occupations or leave the nation.

While these legitimate changes may make it simpler for laborers to get away from manipulative managers, they are probably not going to fundamentally decrease mishandle or improve homegrown specialists’ conditions without extra measures to fortify insurances and guarantee requirement.

Difficult working hours

I rested at 1am, and at 3am my boss’ little girl woke me up requesting that I get her a Red Bull. At 5.30am I began my typical working day….at 10pm I slammed the vehicle into the divider.”


Long working hours with no legitimate rest arose as one of the most widely recognized types of misuse experienced by homegrown specialists. As indicated by their agreements, homegrown specialists should work close to 10 hours per day, six days every week. This is now higher than guidelines set out by the International Labor Organization, however most ladies Amnesty addressed were working unquestionably more than this. On normal they worked 16 hours of the day, for the most part without a three day weekend, adding up to 112 hours of the week – without being paid any extra time. This implies most ladies were working almost twofold their contracted hours.

Reina*, a 45-year-old Filipino lady, depicted how she had an auto crash since she had just had two hours rest:

“I rested at 1am, and at 3am the 17-year-old little girl woke me up requesting that I proceed to get her a Red Bull. At that point at 5.30am I began my typical working day, washing the vehicle and planning to drive the children to class… at 10pm I smashed the vehicle into the divider.”

The Domestic Workers Law limits working hours to a limit of ten hours per day, yet considers this to be broadened whenever concurred by the laborer. The characteristic force unevenness emerging from the reliance of homegrown specialists on their managers leaves this proviso open to manhandle.

At any rate 23 ladies met said they were not given enough food and felt hungry during their work in Qatar. A few ladies met likewise portrayed staying in bed squeezed rooms, now and again on the floor or without cooling. Records of helpless day to day environments feature the Qatari specialists’ inability to lead working environment reviews.

Joy* stated: “Madam began yelling at all [the maids]… she began spitting on us and slapped me once more… Before this episode she likewise kicked me on my back.” Five ladies said they had been explicitly mishandled by their bosses or seeing family members.

The sexual maltreatment went from badgering to stroking and assault. Most ladies felt they couldn’t whine to the police inspired by a paranoid fear of reprisal by their managers.

One lady, Julia*, revealed sexual maltreatment to the police. The child of Julia’s manager visited the house one day and endeavored to assault another lady working in the house.

The man offered the ladies cash to stay silent, yet they chose to go to the police. The police agent who investigated the charges blamed Julia and her companion for “making up stories” and dropped the case.

In the end their boss got them tickets home, in return for the ladies marking an explanation which was written in Arabic and they didn’t comprehend.

Exemption Qatar has totally neglected to consider harsh managers responsible, which implies there is little to prevent future maltreatments. Practices, for example, identification seizure and unpaid wages, which demonstrate constrained work, are not being consequently examined, and once in a while face outcomes in any event, when they will not hand visas over or take care of obligations.

“None of the ladies Amnesty addressed has seen their victimizer considered responsible for their activities.

In the event that Qatar needs to shield homegrown specialists from misuse, it needs to send a solid message to managers that work manhandles are not endured,” said Steve Cockburn.

Preceding 2018 homegrown specialists had no admittance to complaint components, yet when Qatar set up the Committees for the Settlement of Labor Disputes, they were at long last permitted to submit grumblings to these courts.

Nonetheless, the cycle remains plague with delays and different issues. The greater part the ladies Amnesty addressed revealed deferred or unpaid wages, however the not many who felt ready to submit cases to the Committees found the cycle moderate and unpleasant.

One significant blemish in the framework is that homegrown laborers hazard losing their legitimate status, pay and a spot to remain while their objections are handled.

They need a protected asylum and pay to help themselves during the cycle; nonetheless, with an administration run cover not completely operational, whining at the Committees is certainly not a feasible alternative for most ladies.

Likewise, ladies who give up positions occupations could confront reprisal measures from their managers and be accused of “departing suddenly” or different offenses, which convey criminal punishments.

In any event 10 ladies Amnesty addressed were blamed for burglary and 13 others had an “stealing away” case recorded by their managers. All ladies denied the charges and felt that these cases were documented in connection of them escaping manhandles.

Instances of physical and sexual maltreatment are managed by criminal courts, however the way that homegrown specialists are reliant on their bosses for cover and legitimate status, combined with absence of trust in the framework, is a conspicuous obstacle to detailing. Subsequently, genuine violations are going unpunished.

The ladies we addressed were strong and autonomous – they had left their homes and traversed the world. Rather than being segregated and hushed, these ladies should be given a voice so they can advocate for their privileges.

Steve Cockburn

We are approaching the Qatari specialists to find a way to guarantee full execution of the law, set up severe assessment instruments, and make genuine moves against harsh managers. Regardless of endeavors to change work laws, Qatar is as yet bombing the most weak ladies in the nation.”