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Qatar faces fresh pressure over treatment of foreign workers

Ahead of World Cup, minister calls criticism of death rates 'demonization of Qatar'

Workers walk towards the construction site of the Lusail stadium in Doha  that will be used in the 2022 soccer World Cup in this December 2019 photo.   © Reuters

BRUSSELS/DUBAI -- Qatar's treatment of foreign workers ahead of next year's soccer World Cup has come under renewed scrutiny as critics question the impact of much-heralded reforms.

European officials and trade unionists have raised concerns about workplace safety and the implementation of new labor laws, even as the Gulf monarchy seeks to make its case internationally that it has changed.

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