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Qatar 2022 World Cup 'slaves'

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  1. Fattyacids

    Fattyacids SENIOR MEMBER

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    Revealed: Qatar's World Cup 'slaves' | Global development | The Guardian

    Dozens of Nepalese migrant labourers have died in Qatar in recent weeks and thousands more are enduring appalling labour abuses, a Guardian investigation has found, raising serious questions about Qatar's preparations to host the 2022 World Cup.

    This summer, Nepalese workers died at a rate of almost one a day in Qatar, many of them young men who had sudden heart attacks. The investigation found evidence to suggest that thousands of Nepalese, who make up the single largest group of labourers in Qatar, face exploitation and abuses that amount to modern-day slavery, as defined by the International Labour Organisation, during a building binge paving the way for 2022.

    According to documents obtained from the Nepalese embassy in Doha, at least 44 workers died between 4 June and 8 August. More than half died of heart attacks, heart failure or workplace accidents.

    The investigation also reveals:

    • Evidence of forced labour on a huge World Cup infrastructure project.

    • Some Nepalese men have alleged that they have not been paid for months and have had their salaries retained to stop them running away.

    • Some workers on other sites say employers routinely confiscate passports and refuse to issue ID cards, in effect reducing them to the status of illegal aliens.

    • Some labourers say they have been denied access to free drinking water in the desert heat.

    • About 30 Nepalese sought refuge at their embassy in Doha to escape the brutal conditions of their employment.

    The allegations suggest a chain of exploitation leading from poor Nepalese villages to Qatari leaders. The overall picture is of one of the richest nations exploiting one of the poorest to get ready for the world's most popular sporting tournament.

    "We'd like to leave, but the company won't let us," said one Nepalese migrant employed at Lusail City development, a $45bn (£28bn) city being built from scratch which will include the 90,000-seater stadium that will host the World Cup final. "I'm angry about how this company is treating us, but we're helpless. I regret coming here, but what to do? We were compelled to come just to make a living, but we've had no luck."

    The body tasked with organising the World Cup, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, told the Guardian that work had yet to begin on projects directly related to the World Cup. However, it said it was "deeply concerned with the allegations that have been made against certain contractors/sub-contractors working on Lusail City's construction site and considers this issue to be of the utmost seriousness". It added: "We have been informed that the relevant government authorities are conducting an investigation into the allegations."

    The Guardian's investigation also found men throughout the wider Qatari construction industry sleeping 12 to a room in places and getting sick through repulsive conditions in ****** hostels. Some say they have been forced to work without pay and left begging for food.

    "We were working on an empty stomach for 24 hours; 12 hours' work and then no food all night," said Ram Kumar Mahara, 27. "When I complained, my manager assaulted me, kicked me out of the labour camp I lived in and refused to pay me anything. I had to beg for food from other workers."

    Almost all migrant workers have huge debts from Nepal, accrued in order to pay recruitment agents for their jobs. The obligation to repay these debts, combined with the non-payment of wages, confiscation of documents and inability of workers to leave their place of work, constitute forced labour, a form of modern-day slavery estimated to affect up to 21 million people across the globe. So entrenched is this exploitation that the Nepalese ambassador to Qatar, Maya Kumari Sharma, recently described the emirate as an "open jail".
     
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    Those people came at their own will, nothing out of the blue.
     
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    You know, "those people" went to work and earn. Not to be treated as subhumans and be turned into slaves.
     
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    You must admit that dying at a rate of one a day is absolutely appalling.
     
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    If a mistreatment is recorded by eithe the Authority or Human Rights watch then yes. But newspaper crap makes no value at least for me.

    No proof or evidence for such claim. The Guardian said something similar about my own country, and later they were forced to apologize and pay $50 millions. These $50 millions were given to charities worldwide to all people of all faiths.

    Peace
     
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    Authorities won't respond till the newspapers pick it up. Especially when it comes to Qatar.

    Now that this is news, I'm sure Qatar will go on full damage control mode and alleviate their discontent. I am satisfied :)
     
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    Still the Newspaper can't offer enough evidence to confront the Qatari's - if their claims were being encountered -
    I honestly know nothing about the Qatari's. But here we try to be as honest as possible.
     
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    Great source. :omghaha: No doubt we have a problem but please stay on topic. You have a serious problem with India, see a shrink.
     
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    :lol: .....you are a true muslim. :tup:

    cool. looks like it doesn't take much to satisfy you. You can have a great career in Qatar or SA too. :tup:
     
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    I'm not religious :lol: you per logic is LoLing me all day long! Refer to my 2nd post.

    Learn how to use critical thinking.
    Leave these people! They are mad at Muslims! Can't you see the guy below you telling me that I'm a true Muslim? :rofl:
     
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    LOL.....don't be so modest. Your thinking and behavior is exactly one comes to expect from muslims worldwide.

    You are a Muslim, no doubt. :tup:
     
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    Technically I'm.

    Take care :wave:
     
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    We know. Your posts proved it. :wave:
     
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    LMAO ......Now that is Really Funny coming from you :lol: