26 November 2014
Human rights groups and trade unions have stepped up pressure on Qatar to reform its restrictive labour system, and have expanded their campaign to include all six wealthy members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
The activists hope that Qatar may move quicker on promised reforms, given that the integrity of the Gulf state’s successful 2022 World Cup bid has again been called into question as a result of world football body FIFA’s four-year long corruption scandal.
They also hope that their increased pressure will benefit from the fact that multiple conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa may make other Gulf states, like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, more sensitive to criticism.
…James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, co-director of the University of Wuerzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, and the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog and a forthcoming book with the same title.
RSIS / Online
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