Tuesday, February 23, 2021

1018 Bangladeshi workers die in preparation for Qatar World Cup


In the last 10 years, 1,018 Bangladeshi workers have died in preparation for the Qatar World Cup. Besides, 6,500 workers of South Asia including Bangladesh have died. These countries include Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The Guardian has published an investigative report on the death.

The report claims that an average of 12 people from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar every week since the World Cup was held.

The English magazine has presented information from 2011 to 2020. According to reliable Guardian sources and government officials in four countries except Pakistan, 5,926 migrant workers have died in ten years.

The number of dead Bangladeshi workers is 1 thousand 18. According to the Pakistani embassy in Qatar, 624 Pakistani workers have died. This account of Pakistan is from 2010 to 2020.

The data for the end of 2020 is not as such. However, the Philippines and Kenya have the highest number of workers in Qatar. However, the death toll of the citizens of these two countries is not known. As a result, the Guardian estimates that the exact number of deaths of migrant workers in Qatar is much higher.

In the last 10 years, Qatar has undertaken all the unimaginable projects for hosting the World Cup.
Qatar has started preparations for the 2022 World Cup. Extensive buildings are being constructed there. 6 new stadiums are being built. In addition, several airports and roads are under construction. Besides, roads are being repaired and new roads are being constructed to ensure passenger service. The hotels are being renovated. Invited guests and spectators from different countries will gather around the Qatar World Cup.

Nick McGihan, director of Fairsquare Projects, a Middle East workers’ rights group, linked the death of migrant workers to the World Cup project, saying that most of the migrant workers who have died in Qatar since 2011 went to Qatar to host the World Cup.

At least 36 workers have died while working on a World Cup stadium. However, the World Cup Organizing Committee has ruled that 34 of these deaths were due to work-related deaths. However, experts have questioned these claims.

Some workers have died while working at the stadium, and there have been several such incidents. Qatar has claimed that most of the deaths in the last 10 years have been normal.

According to the Guardian, 79 per cent of the deaths in Bangladesh, India and Nepal were normal deaths. 12 percent deaths in road accidents. The work environment is associated with only 6 percent of deaths. And 6 percent of workers have committed suicide. In the case of Indians, 80 per cent are normal deaths.

In most cases, the body is not allowed to be autopsied, the report said. In 2014, the Qatari government’s own lawyers also suggested an autopsy to increase the number of deaths among expatriate workers due to heart disease. But the government did not heed that advice.

In 2019, it was reported that extreme temperatures in Qatar were having a major impact on worker deaths. A study by the United Nations International Labor Organization has found that workers have to work at least four months of the year under intense pressure.





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