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JustHere | April 27, 2017

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The series of articles in this column aims to raise awareness about issues of social justice, particularly that of migrant workers, and hopes to encourage readers to get involved in addressing them.

Qatar abstains in ILO Protocol to Forced Labour Convention vote; Saudi, Bahrain vote against

June 12, 2014 | | One Comment

JustHere columnist and migrant rights expert Aakash Jayaprakash is at the 103rd International Labour Conference hosted by the International Labour Organization in Geneva. He writes about the landmark forced labour protocol that was passed yesterday.

A total of 437 delegates … Read More

Hiring a domestic worker is first a responsibility, then a convenience

May 27, 2014 | | One Comment

Much has been said about migrant construction workers in Qatar. A lot less about domestic workers; and even then, the discussions have been narrow and limited to ‘maids’.

First, let’s define who a domestic worker is as per our laws; … Read More

Labour issues in Qatar…Yes it’s bad. But what are you doing about it?

April 15, 2014 | | 7 Comments

While blaming governments and laws (or the lack of it) is not completely unwarranted, the lack of civic engagement in addressing and resolving labour issues is a cause for concern. Small measures that citizens and residents of Qatar can take … Read More

Plight of migrant workers: ‘Facts’ and numbers obscure the truth

December 22, 2013 | | 4 Comments

Are 4,000 workers going to die in the construction of the World Cup-related projects? Are only 1.2 million low-income workers affected? No, millions more are affected. Migrant rights are neither about statistics nor about football, and definitely can’t be ensured … Read More

Portrayal of the ‘other’: Migrant workers are patronised, marginalised, vilified

September 19, 2013 |

Almost daily there is international coverage on the plight of migrant workers in Qatar and the region. These articles detail the inhumane living and working conditions they endure. While it is important that this issue gets due attention, too often … Read More

Maids: Out of sight, out of mind

July 10, 2013 | | 4 Comments

I landed at Doha International Airport from a trip, and after clearing immigration I went over to carousel 1, where my bags were arriving. Behind me, there was lady holding all her bags, standing by the rack where the baggage … Read More

Runaways and Absconders; Slavery and Kafala: A dig into history

June 3, 2013 | | One Comment

The kafala or sponsorship system in Qatar, and the Gulf has been receiving plenty of attention in international media, primarily owing to Qatar’s successful bid for the World Cup in 2022. This heavily criticised system of residency and employment for … Read More

How free is the free visa?

May 6, 2013 | | 9 Comments

I was walking towards my car outside Megamart when a young man stopped me. Looking a little nervous, he asked me if I were Indian.  I responded in the affirmative, which seemed to relieve him, he proceeded to engage me … Read More