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In September 2020, we had 801 Covid-19 cases from the dorms. From October, there has been a dramatic improvement.
Among the issues touched on are indications of forced labor, restrictions of workers' movement during Covid-19, arrests of foreign workers on terrorism grounds.
This represents good improvement, but to be meaningful, more needs to be disclosed as to how this figure was arrived at and what monitoring system is in place.
From 1 January 2021, employers must purchase insurance (at least $10,000) against the risk of the worker developing Covid-19 within 14 days of arrival.
Hasibur is suing his employer and dormitory operator for false imprisonment, following an incident in April 2020 wherein he and his roommates were locked in a room.
For wrongfully confining 3 migrant workers, a general manager was fined $9,000. The penalty under the law could have included imprisonment.
Qatar's minimum wage, Wage Protection System, dispute resolution and its Workers' Support and Insurance Fund. Not perfect, but far ahead of Singapore.
In a historic move, Qatar abolished its kafala system in August 2020. Workers can now change jobs without having to get permission from current employers.