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Inhuman conditions of migrants detained in Libya

Inhuman conditions of migrants detained in Libya

At the end of 2017, horrific images of migrants sold as mere commodities in Libya were travelling around the world. This sparked a global outcry and pushed many leaders, in Europe, in Africa, in Libya,…

Labour rights
HRW report details extent of coronavirus outbreaks in Qatar central prison

HRW report details extent of coronavirus outbreaks in Qatar central prison

A new report from the Human Rights Watch (HRW) is providing the first snapshot of the extent of coronavirus outbreaks in Doha central jail, where hundreds of inmates and staff have tested positive to COVID-19.…

Human rights
Victims of intercommunal violence in South Sudan deserve ‘justice, truth and reparations’, UN officials say

Victims of intercommunal violence in South Sudan deserve ‘justice, truth and reparations’, UN officials say

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday condemned a fresh wave of intercommunal violence in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, that has left hundreds of dead across 28 villages in Jonglei State,…

Human rights
Coronavirus spreads alarmingly in Qatar’s labor camps, 1600 new cases for day

Coronavirus spreads alarmingly in Qatar’s labor camps, 1600 new cases for day

Coronavirus spreads exponentially in Qatar’s labor camps, CBS reported on May 15. The Gulf country recorded 32604 COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths, 1632 new cases just in the last 24 hours. Most of them are…

Labour rights
In Qatar migrant workers beg for food,  “The Guardian” reports

In Qatar migrant workers beg for food, “The Guardian” reports

Migrant workers are begging for food in Qatar.  In more than 20 interviews with the British The Guardian, workers in the World Cup 2020 host nation say they are forced to beg for food, following…

Migrant workers
Qatar reserves inhuman treatment to migrant workers during COVID-19, hundreds of Nepalese expelled and detained

Qatar reserves inhuman treatment to migrant workers during COVID-19, hundreds of Nepalese expelled and detained

Last month Qatar deported hundreds of Nepali workers, most of them building infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, under the pretext of testing them for the coronavirus, raising new fears about the fate of…

Human rights
94% of COVID-19 cases in Qatar are foreigners, daily stats show

94% of COVID-19 cases in Qatar are foreigners, daily stats show

Qatar has made promising commitments to support migrant workers during this unprecedented crisis, including earmarking funds to cover quarantined migrant workers’ wages, and setting up a hotline for grievances. But these promises have never been…

Migrant workers
Civil society asks Tunisia to release immigration detainees amid COVID-19 pandemic

Civil society asks Tunisia to release immigration detainees amid COVID-19 pandemic

Several Tunisian organizations, along with Amnesty International, denounced on Friday the detention of several dozen migrants in the Center of El Ouardia (Al Wardia), in Tunisia, officially known as a hosting and orientation center. The…

Embassies
EP Kohl building will be used as a temporary residence for vulnerable women amid COVID-19 pandemic

EP Kohl building will be used as a temporary residence for vulnerable women amid COVID-19 pandemic

“From next Wednesday, we will host 100 vulnerable women in the European Parliament premises in Brussels. In these difficult moments, the institutions have a duty to show solidarity and help those who face social exclusion…