Reports of deaths related to the championship, inhuman conditions in the workplace and systematic racism have led many to show their disgust at the World Cup in Qatar.
A new report from the British newspaper The Guardian states that 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have lost their lives in Qatar since the country was awarded the World Cup ten years ago.
This corresponds to an average of twelve new deaths every single week.
There are about 2 million guest workers in Qatar, who recently introduced a minimum wage of 1,000 riyals, equivalent to about 2,500 Norwegian kroner, a month.
– Significantly higher
The death toll does not include migrant workers from countries such as Kenya and the Philippines, and the newspaper therefore assumes that the death toll is “significantly higher” than reported. The last months of last year are not included in the statistics either.
The workers who build infrastructure and facilities for the World Cup live and work under slave-like conditions, Kenneth Karijord wrote in a comment in Dagbladet last year.
When the International Football Association (Fifa) awarded the championship to Qatar in 2010, there were massive reactions and allegations of corruption. The championship will be played between November 21 and December 18, 2022 due to the summer heat.
A report from Amnesty, released in October, revealed how guest workers in Qatar have been pushed to the limit by extreme overtime, lack of rest, abuse and degrading treatment.
Amnesty interviewed 105 women who are guest workers at the World Cup organizer. The findings showed that despite the new reforms that have been introduced, workers have their rights violated and abused.
In 2017, Qatar introduced a separate law for guest workers which, among other things, set a maximum limit on the number of working hours, requirements for daily breaks, a weekly day off and paid vacation.
Three years later, Amnesty International reveals that nine out of ten women have their rights violated and even abused, beaten and abused at work.
– No wonder
One woman said she was being “treated like a dog”, according to Amnesty International.
– This is in a way not surprising, but sad news. Despite some reforms, we see that the abuse of guest workers in Qatar continues, said Secretary General of Amnesty Norway, John Peder Egenæs, to Dagbladet.
– It is obvious that even though a number of reforms have been introduced, they are not followed up. It is of course complicated to inspect everyone’s homes, but if the authorities do not follow up, there is little indication that these employers will follow these relatively modest laws, said Egenæs.
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