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    Qatar’s emir lashes out at criticism ahead of FIFA World Cup

    DOHA (AP) – Qatar’s ruling emir yesterday lashed out at criticism of his country over its hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, describing it as an “unprecedented campaign” targetting the first Arab nation to hold the tournament.

    Since winning hosting rights for the World Cup over a decade ago, Qatar has faced scrutiny and criticism for its treatment of migrant workers and the minority community, among other issues.

    The alleged abuses affecting legions of low-paid labourers who power Qatar’s economy and who built its gleaming World Cup stadiums have been a lighting rod for protest around the world, especially in Europe.

    Qatar has repeatedly pushed back, insisting the country has improved protections for migrant workers and claiming the criticism is outdated.

    In a televised speech before the emirate’s legislative body yesterday, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said Qatar “has been subjected to an unprecedented campaign that no host country has ever faced”.

    “The campaign tends to continue and expand to include fabrications and double standards that were so ferocious that it has unfortunately prompted many people to question the real reasons and motives,” he said.

    Rights groups have credited Qatar with improving its labour laws, such as by adopting a minimum monthly wage of around USD275 a month in 2020, and for dismantling the “kafala” system that had prevented workers from changing jobs or leaving the country without the consent of their employers.

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