Coronavirus infections soar due to a "dangerous and alarming" surge in Delta variant cases, officials say, prompting government to halt economic activity – including shops, markets, transportation and offices – which will shut down by Thursday.
Qatar has faced criticism for its treatment of migrant workers, many of whom are involved in preparations for the World Cup, with rights groups accusing employers of exploitation and forcing laborers to work in dangerous conditions.
Amnesty International calls on Fifa President Gianni Infantino to implement “independent and regular” monitoring of all 2022 sites to detect and prevent rights abuses as Qatar says “progress is being made.”
Citing human rights abuses, campaigns to stop Germany, Denmark and Norway from participating in the contest are gaining steam. But is Qatar being unfairly singled out?
The imbalanced power relations between Egypt and the Gulf is mirrored by the treatment Egyptians have been receiving in the region.
Thai health officials have reported 548 new cases, almost all of them among migrant workers in the seafood industry in Samut Sakhon province.
Human Rights Watch interviewed several detainees held in a deportation centre in Riyadh, where migrant workers have been tortured and abused continuously.
India is slowly emerging from strict containment measures imposed in late March as leaders look to revive the battered economy, but manufacturers don't have enough workers to man the machinery.
The nation of 5.7 million people has more than 35,000 coronavirus cases, one of the largest numbers in Asia, largely due to infections in cramped, bunk-bed accommodation that house more than 300,000 mostly South Asian workers.
There are millions of migrant workers in the Arab world that demand the world's attention.
More than 30,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the tiny Gulf country — 1.1 percent of the 2.75 million population — although just 15 people have died.
A special assistant to Pakistan's PM Imran Khan says number of people testing positive after return from UAE was "higher than we were hoping"; around 12% tested positive on most flights with the number rising to between 40-50% on a couple of flights.
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