Previous investigations by The Guardian have reportedly revealed “appealing labour abuses” in Qatar. Those claims have intensified with the media organisation claiming 185 Nepalese men have died working on the project in the past year, bringing the total to 382 in the last 24 months.
That total does not encompass workers hailing from other countries, for whom figures have not been verified.
The investigation also uncovered reports of horrific working conditions, including evidence of forced labour, allegations that workers have had their pay withheld and their passports and ID confiscated, while some workers alleged they were denied free drinking water.
Labour and human rights organisations have been highly critical of the treatment of workers in Qatar, the International Trade Union Confederation warning up to 4,000 workers may die on the World Cup project before its completion.
Following the initial reports last year, FIFA president Sepp Blatter slammed the labour rights situation in Qatar as “unacceptable,” and that “fair working conditions must be introduced quickly, consistently and on a sustained basis.”
In a statement, Blatter also said he believed Qatar is taking the labour situation seriously.
However the Nepalese group working with the families of dead workers to bring their loved ones home has slammed FIFA, saying the workers have been “betrayed.”
“FIFA and the government of Qatar promised the world that they would take action to ensure the safety of workers building the stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup,” the Pravasi Nepali Co-ordination Committee told The Guardian.
“This horrendous roll call of the dead gives the lie to those reassurances.
“These were young or otherwise able-bodied men, with their futures in front of them, families at home and everything to live for. Many have been literally worked to death. Some have met with even more sinister ends.
“All have been betrayed by FIFA.”
An urgent review into the reports on conditions has been commissioned by Qatar’s ministry of labour, with the findings expected to be published in the weeks ahead.
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