Human Rights Watch has called on Qatar to reform its labour laws before construction work starts for the 2022 World Cup.
"The government needs to ensure that the cutting edge, high-tech stadiums it's planning to build for World Cup fans are not built on the backs of abused and exploited workers," Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch said.
The New York based organisation has published a report today which includes interviews with 73 migrant construction workers. Qatar has the world's highest ratio of migrants to citizens: 94% of its workforce are migrants.
HRW says Qatar's recruitment and employment system effectively traps many migrant workers in their jobs.