Next year, the Middle East country Qatar is going to host the World Cup. Qatar won the World Cup about 10 years ago. From then on the preparation started. Going to prepare for that terrible humanitarian catastrophe happened! According to a report in the British media ‘The Guardian’, 6,500 South Asian workers lost their lives while constructing various facilities including stadiums for this World Cup!
According to the Guardian, an average of 12 people from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka died in Qatar every week from 2010 to 2020. These deaths have been centered around the World Cup. The Guardian also cites official figures from the countries behind the figures. Among them 1018 Bangladeshi workers died. The highest death toll was 2,811 in India. Besides, 1814 workers from Nepal, 624 from Pakistan and 558 from Sri Lanka died.
Qatar has long been criticized around the world for violating human rights in hosting the World Cup. Various organizations are complaining that the human rights of the workers are being violated. Data from the end of 2020, as provided by the Guardian, was not included. Then the number could have increased further. At least 36 workers have died while working on a World Cup stadium. However, the World Cup organizing committee claimed that 34 deaths were ‘out of work’.
“Most of the migrant workers who have died in Qatar since 2011 have gone to Qatar to host the World Cup,” said Nick McGihan, director of FairSquare Projects, a Middle East-based rights group. A spokesman for the World Cup told the Guardian: “We are deeply saddened by these deaths and have investigated all cases to learn from them. We have maintained transparency in this regard and protested against the erroneous claims made about the death toll in our project.
It is to be noted that all the spectacular stadiums are being built in Qatar since the World Cup was organized. 6 new stadiums have been constructed. Along with this, work has been done to build roads, a new airport, modern public transport and some big installations. 2 million workers from different countries are now staying in Qatar on the occasion of the World Cup. Qatar claims that 79 percent of the deaths in the last 10 years are normal! 12 percent deaths in road accidents. Qatar claims that the work environment is involved in only 6 percent of deaths. In the case of Indians, 80 per cent are normal deaths.
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