World Cup 2022: Investigation Reveals Deaths, Modern Slavery and Inhumane Conditions in Qatar

An investigation into the conditions that workers are under to prepare Qatar for FIFA World Cup 2022 has revealed evidence of forced labor on a huge infrastructure project, as well as exploitation of workers and inhumane living quarters, according to a report, released today, by The Guardian newspaper.

The investigation 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 laborers 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.

According to The Guardian newspaper,

“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 laborers in Qatar, face exploitation and abuses that amount to modern-day slavery, as defined by the International Labour Organization, 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 evidence uncovered by the Guardian is clear proof of the use of systematic forced labour in Qatar,” said Aidan McQuade, director of Anti-Slavery International, which was founded in 1839. “In fact, these working conditions and the astonishing number of deaths of vulnerable workers go beyond forced labour to the slavery of old where human beings were treated as objects. There is no longer a risk that the World Cup might be built on forced labour. It is already happening.”

For the full investigation into this breaking story, read The Guardian’s articles here, here and here.

9 thoughts on “World Cup 2022: Investigation Reveals Deaths, Modern Slavery and Inhumane Conditions in Qatar”

  1. Actually, as this news has been trickling out, someone at some website was saying that Blatter actually supported the USA bid and that it was Michel Platini’s voting bloc that wanted Qatar.

    If that’s true, maybe some of this is Blatter’s people making it into an issue and helping Guardian reporters find the right sources to talk to.

    But….taking all that political stuff away, this is just appalling. I imagine this sort of thing is probably commonplace in Qatari construction. It just isn’t something that has happened in the US or Western Europe for ~100 years.

  2. This debacle is the death knell of the World Cup. There hasn’t been a really classic tournament since 1986 and this farce is cheapening it to the point of extinction.

  3. To be honest, who cares anymore?? The world cup is turning into a tournament to increase revenue and that’s all. Since the 1994 World Cup, there hasn’t been a classic yet. I’ll stick with the EPL and UCL. I pretty much don’t care about the World Cup.

    In regards to the subject, I’m finding it difficult to believe that, how would a rich, sorry a VERY VERY rich country don’t pay their labor workers? Still I would rather see the tournament in the winter rather than the summer in the area.

    All of the fuss about Qatar and their missing what’s going on in Russia, talk about human rights.

  4. This is a very shocking news. Some laborers have been denied access to free drinking water in that heat. This is sheer cruelty from the people in charge and this should not be tolerated.
    If FIFA doesn’t do anything about it, more and more laborers will die as most of the work is yet to be done. Qatar says that it can prepare air conditioned stadiums for the World Cup but what they don’t say is that it will come at the cost of people’s lives.
    I believe in such a situation, the players have to come forward and boycott such an event. If the players come forward, FIFA will have to take action because this event cannot be held without the players.
    And I’m afraid FIFA is making a mockery of such a wonderful event.

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