Qatar: foreign workers banned from driving, holding licenses

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Human rights organizations condemn measure as discriminatory

03 July, 16:58


(ANSAmed) – DOHA, JULY 3 – In a move the Doha Traffic Department said will alleviate congestion on the streets and human rights organizations condemned as discriminatory, Qatar has banned all foreign workers except those hired as chauffeurs from driving or holding drivers’ licenses.


”Should this measure be enacted it would be yet another example of the discrimination against foreign citizens that is operative in Qatar”, Amnesty International Italy spokesman Riccardo Noury told ANSAmed.


”Qatar is more and more a key player on the international scene, and will host the World Cup in a few years. It is essential that the country radically change course and begin fully respecting migrant workers’ economic and social rights”, Noury added. It is unclear whether the new measure will actually reduce Doha traffic congestion, because few foreign workers, who make up 90% of the population, actually apply for driver’s licenses.


The foreign population is expected to increase in coming years during infrastructure construction work ahead of the 2022 World Cup. (ANSAmed).

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