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US academic lauds cleric’s call for lifting sponsorship law
2008-05-15
5/15/2008 3:7:12
Source ::: The Peninsula
Doha • A prominent research professor with the Johns Hopkins University in the US has lauded a comment by noted scholar Dr Yusuf Al Qaradawi that the sponsorship system should be abolished.

"I think that sponsorship rules should be removed," said Dr Mohamed Mattar, while talking to The Peninsula on the sidelines of the Sixth Doha Conference of Interfaith Dialogue yesterday.

On trafficking in humans, he said all countries should pass a law on trafficking, pointing out that in the Gulf region only Bahrain and the UAE have passed such laws. Some other countries, including Qatar, are working to enact similar laws.

Dr Mattar, who is also research professor at "The Protection Project", a human rights research institute based at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC, said Muslim countries were not doing enough to combat the problem of trafficking in humans.

According to the US State Department's Trafficking in Persons Report, 12 Muslim countries are placed on the tier three watch list, ten countries are on tier two and only Morocco is on tier one, he added.

Dr Mattar said that 30 countries out of 56 member states of the Organisation of Islamic Conference have ratified the UN Protocol on Trafficking.

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