Doha, 28 October 2022 - Qatari political analysts expressed their denunciation of the slander statements of the German Minister of Interior against the State of Qatar concerning the human rights situation in the country, stressing that the statements are based on fabricated information mad by provocative media.
In their exclusive remarks to Qatar News Agency (QNA), the political analysts stressed that the reforms made by the State of Qatar regarding labor rights were praised by several international human rights organizations. They pointed out that Qatar's decisions of cancelling the residents' exit permit, allowing employees to freely change their employer, setting a minimum wage, announcing the establishment of 14 visa centers for Qatar abroad, and establishing a fund to support and secure workers.
Qatari journalist Jaber Al Harami said that labor rights is the peg where the criticism directed to the State of Qatar is hanged on. He pointed out to the clear double standards in dealing with this case, as in the time where International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) praises the big reforms made by the State of Qatar in the labors file, we find these statements which are based on fabricated information.
In October 2022, the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) praised the big strides made by the State of Qatar regarding implementing legal reforms related to the protection of expat workers, which support accelerating the development process in the country.
In his remarks to QNA, Al Harami was shocked by the fabrication of problems, actions, and statements regarding human rights in Qatar, at a time when the German minister overlooks the real violations that occur in various European countries regarding refugees, for example, or confiscating children from their families.
Al Harami listed the steps taken by the State of Qatar regarding labor rights issues such as canceling the residents' exit permit, allowing employees to freely change their employer without the need for a non-objection certificate, setting a minimum wage, announcing the establishment of 14 visa centers for Qatar abroad, and establishing a fund to support and secure workers, in addition to providing them with a safe and secured work environment.
He referred to the law limiting working hours during the summer, which has no equivalent in the European Union, as with climate change, no law limits stress in Europe, while Qatar applies a law prohibiting work in the heat hours during the day.
He indicated that there has been an exaggeration and creation of crises against the State of Qatar since winning the bid to host the FIFA World Cup. He stressed that the German Minister of Interior relied on fabricated information in her statements against the State of Qatar at a time when she can not speak of any of the clear daily violations against the Palestinian people by the Israeli occupation, which affirms dealing with double standards.
The Qatari journalist Jaber Al Harami expressed his full support for the step taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by summoning the German Ambassador and handing him an objection memo against such statements. He said that he supports and even demands that legitimate diplomatic steps be taken against whoever tries to create crises against the State of Qatar.
He added that western officials do not recognize the reality of workers and their rights in the State of Qatar except through fabricated news from provocative media that work according to driven agendas. He pointed out that the State of Qatar welcomes criticism if it is based on facts, however, if this criticism is based on merely fabricated information published in provocative media, it will never be accepted.
As for the real reason behind such statements, Al Harami believes that western culture is trying to prove that others - especially Arabs - are not capable or qualified to host such mega events as the FIFA World Cup, as well as the arrogance tendency for some western parties. In addition, some parts are trying to put the State of Qatar under pressure for unreal reasons by obtaining information from fabricated, inciting, politicized media sources.
Regarding the German Minister of the Interiors talk about sustainability, Al Harami challenged the German minister that her country had met all the requirements of sustainability when it hosted the World Cup, as the State of Qatar is going to do during the current edition of the World Cup, or that her country had put capabilities in its stadiums as the State of Qatar is doing, pointing out that Qatar's World Cup will be the first in the world in the field of sustainability, environmentally friendly buildings, and energy saving.
or his part, Sadiq Al-Ammari, Editor-in-Chief of the Qatari Arabic-language Al-Sharq newspaper, expressed his welcome for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to summon the German Ambassador because of the provocative statements against the State of Qatar made by the German Minister of the Interior, stressing that these provocative statements based on media fabrications cannot be tolerated.
Al-Ammari added, in exclusive statements to Qatar News Agency (QNA), that the campaign raging against the country since it won the honor of hosting the World Cup is based on hatred and lies.
He stressed the need to deter such false statements that do not see the extent of the Qatari achievement, whether at the level of workers and their rights or at the level of World Cup preparations and the capabilities provided by the state in this regard.
He pointed out that the State of Qatar will present an impressive tournament for all thanks to the work of Qataris and residents during 12 years of achievement, in which the state has taken pioneering steps in the field of securing full rights of workers in the country and the issuance of many laws that achieve for workers a fair wage, an adequate healthy life and full rights at all levels.
He pointed out that these repeated statements stem from hatred against the State of Qatar's hosting of this important sporting event, adding that workers in the State of Qatar enjoy dignified and upscale treatment derived from the teachings of the Islamic religion and authentic Arab customs, which value the worker, give him his wages, and provide him with what he needs in return for the work he does.
For his part, Abdullah Ghanem Al-Binali Al-Mohannadi Editor-in-Chief of Al-Raya newspaper, denounced the statements of the German Minister of the Interior , which insulted Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup.
Al-Mohannadi said, in an exclusive statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA), that such irresponsible and provocative statements against the Qatari people violate diplomatic norms and traditions, and come within the framework of a systematic and misleading campaign, full of slander and double standards to distort the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
He stressed that the statements of the German Minister of the Interior represent a position for local consumption at the expense of Qatari-German relations, pointing to the Foreign Ministry's assertion that the State of Qatar does not pay attention to such irresponsible statements.
He added that Qatar will organize one of the best tournaments in order to show the region's civilization and heritage to the whole world, and to promote the values of tolerance among all peoples.
The Editor-in-Chief of Al-Raya noted the testimonies and reports issued by human rights groups and United Nations organizations, which came after field visits, praised the pioneering reforms undertaken by the State of Qatar in the field of protecting and promoting workers' rights, in addition to the international acclaim for what the State of Qatar has achieved in the field of environmental sustainability, organizing the first environmentally friendly championship, and obtaining international accreditation for all Qatar's cities as environmentally friendly green cities with the highest international standards.