Revealed: migrant workers in Qatar forced to pay billions in recruitment fees

Guardian investigation finds labourers – including those on World Cup-related projects – were left with huge debtsLow-wage migrant workers have been forced to pay billions of dollars in recruitment fees to secure their jobs in World Cup host nation Qat…

Low turnout for India’s national two-day strike as 50 million join protests

Unions say strike over ‘anti-worker’ government policies a success despite limited impact, with far fewer than predicted taking partAn estimated 50 million people joined India’s two-day national strike this week, a fraction of the number expected to pr…

‘House of love’: the calm, creative space changing young lives in Karachi

In Lyari, a slum notorious for violence in Pakistan’s most populous city, Mehr Ghar offers young people a safe place to hang out and study – and, for many, an alternative path to gang lifeLiving in Lyari was like living on the frontlines of a war, says…

Greta stands with Sami and Navalny on trial again: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

A roundup of the coverage of the struggle for human rights and freedoms, from Myanmar to Mexico Continue reading…

‘We want the truth’: families of ethnic Pamiris killed in Tajikistan call for justice as tensions rise

Urgent protection for minority groups facing increased repression needed in crisis connected to escalating clashes across central Asian ex-Soviet region, say human rights groupsParents of men killed by Tajikistan forces have called on the international…

‘We want the truth’: families of ethnic Pamiris killed in Tajikistan call for justice as tensions rise

Urgent protection for minority groups facing increased repression needed in crisis connected to escalating clashes across central Asian ex-Soviet region, say human rights groupsParents of men killed by Tajikistan forces have called on the international…

Fruit pickers lured to Portugal by the dream of a ‘raspberry passport’

Farm workers from south Asia describe exploitative conditions at the heart of Europe’s soft fruits industryWorkers paid less than minimum wage to pick berries destined for UK supermarketsThree days after Sagar* arrived as a worker in Portugal from Nepa…

Reparations to the Caribbean could break the cycle of corruption – and China’s grip | Kenneth Mohammed

The belt and road initiative is ensnaring vulnerable countries in debt via corrupt infrastructure projects. Slavery reparations from former colonial powers could help turn the tideGovernments around the world used Covid to erode human rights – reportAs…

‘She chopped her hair off’: Pakistani women’s struggle to play cricket

In such a conservative country, young women often have to fight their own families first just to play the sport they loveBisma Amjad plays cricket. She aspires to play internationally and was picked for Pakistan’s under-19 World Cup squad.But when the …

Covid created 20 new ‘pandemic billionaires’ in Asia, says Oxfam

While wealthiest got richer, 140m people fell into poverty as jobs were lost, wiping out years of gains for poorest, report findsTwenty new “pandemic billionaires” have been created in Asia thanks to the international response to Covid-19, while 140 mi…

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