Amnesty International has issued a new report entitled: “The Dark Side of Migration: Spotlight on Qatar’s construction sector ahead of the World Cup.” The report reveals routine and widespread abuse of migrant labor in Qatar’s construction industry, in some cases amounting to forced labor. Workers in Qatar’s construction industry come from Sri Lanka and other Asian countries. For more information, please see http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/qatar-end-corporate-exploitation-migrant-construction-workers-2013-11-17
If anyone has information on any diaspora organizations working on behalf of Sri Lankan migrant workers in the Middle East, I’d appreciate hearing about them.
For more information on Amnesty’s concerns in Sri Lanka, please visit amnestyusa.org/srilanka.
Sri Lanka Country Specialist
Amnesty International USA