Before the Human Rights Council,
Maat reveals Qatar and Turkey’s violations against the foreign workers and refugees
Okeil stated “Qatar practices all the forms of slavery and servitude against the foreign workers … The refugees in Turkey are living in tragic conditions”
Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights delivered an intervention on June 24, 2019, before the United Nations Human Rights Council, in which it revealed the violations committed by Qatar and Turkey against the foreign workers and refugees in both countries, in the framework of the Council’s 41st session held in Geneva from June 24 to July 12, 2019. Maat is participating in the session with an international mission consisting of 26 members from 8 European and African countries.
In the beginning, the foundation drew the attention of the Human Rights Council to the serious development in the situation of the human rights in Qatar and Turkey, especially with regard to the situation of the foreign workers and refugees which witnesses serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. The foreign workers live in Qatar under an exclusion and isolation system that violates human rights, also they are forced to work for 14 hours a day under high temperature reaches 52 degrees Celsius.
Ayman Okeil asserted that the Qatari authorities practice all the forms of slavery and servitude against the foreign workers. In addition. they house in unsuitable for human habitation camps crowded with human beings in desert. The intervention pointed out that 1800 of migrant workers have died in the structures of World Cup 2020 and it is expected to increase to 7000 by the beginning of World Cup 2020.
As to the situation of the refugees in Turkey, Okiel condemned their tragic situation and the lack of adequate means of earning a living, housing, health care and education for their children, as well as forced deportation of many refugees and asylum seekers, ignoring Refugee law and forcing thousands of refugees to face the scourge of war.
In its conclusion, Maat called for the need to intensify the international efforts to ensure the rights of foreign workers and refugees in Qatar and Turkey.
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