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World Cup migrant workers still detained in Qatar: report

The Guardian has confirmed that three migrant workers from Pakistan and India arrested in January after their World Cup-related contracts were terminated remain in detention to this day.
Belgium's supporters with a banner to ask for protection of migrant workers' rights in Qatar.

BEIRUT — Three migrant workers at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar who were jailed by local authorities during a protest over unpaid wages are still detained, The Guardian reported on Friday.

Pakistan nationals Shakir Ullah and Zafar Iqbal and Indian national Tanveer Hussain were among hundreds of workers employed by Stark Security Services, a local security company, who were laid off with months left on their contracts.

On Jan. 23, around 400 workers who were mainly employed as security guards hired buses and headed to the headquarters of Festival Global, a company associated with Stark Security Services, to negotiate their termination. The staff there called the police, and eyewitnesses told Telegraph Sport back then that many workers were escorted by police to their accommodations to pack their belongings. Many were reportedly deported.

According to The Guardian, the three migrant workers were allegedly sentenced to six months in prison and fined 10,000 riyals ($2,746) each.

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