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Qatar 2017/18

In January, the emir signed an amendment to Qatar's new sponsorship law, which came into effect in December 2016. Law 1/2017 confirmed that migrant workers still needed permission from their employers if they wanted to leave the country. The employees must therefore "notify" their employer. In October 2017, the cabinet is said to have approved a new change to the exit permit, but no information on this was published by the end of the year.

On November 8, 2017, the ILO's complaints procedure against Qatar was discontinued after the government committed to revise the laws so that they comply with international labor standards and the recommendations of ILO experts. The full implementation of this agreement would improve the legal protection of migrant workers.

On August 18, 2017, the emir agreed to form a new committee. The Labor Disputes Arbitration Committee, headed by a judge, is supposed to arbitrate labor disputes within three weeks of the filing of a complaint, in accordance with Law No. 13/2017. If this new committee works fairly and effectively, it could overcome another hurdle for migrant workers on their way to greater justice. The labor dispute settlement courts had not started their work by the end of the year.

For the first time, legal safeguards for domestic workers' labor rights have been adopted. Law No. 15/2017 stipulates a limit on daily working hours, requires at least 24 consecutive hours of free time per week and three weeks of paid annual leave. However, there is a lack of the necessary safeguards to prevent working hours from being extended beyond the legally prescribed limits: If employees "give their consent", they can be called upon to do overtime.

Independent inspectors reported cautious improvements in construction projects as part of the 2022 World Cup, but found violations of the rights of migrant workers in all ten of the companies they examined.

Qatar's disputes with neighboring countries also affected large numbers of migrant workers. Very low-income workers have been disproportionately affected by rising food prices. Hotel and tourism workers said they had been forced to take long unpaid leave. Some foreign workers have had their annual leave canceled and their travel permits revoked.