World Cup-2022 at the cost of “slaves” death
Avaaz spread the petition addressed to the global community to confront those responsible for death of hundreds of migrants in Qatar.
More than 1,2 million workers are involved in stadiums constructions for the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Most of them are from Nepal, India and Shri-Lanka. As estimated by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), about 4000 workers might die at the construction sites before the championship start. At present, fatalities are one person a day. It is quite likely that fatalities will increase and reach the number of 10 people per week.
Heavy mortality is fixed among the workers from Nepal and India. Most of them work as builders. Among the death causes are cardiac failures and workplace accidents. There is no information as far as precise diagnoses are concerned as autopsies are not carried out on a regular basis. The representatives of ITUC believe that death causes are severe and dangerous working conditions.
According to the ITUC report, the workers have to work in temperatures that regularly top 50 C. They are not provided with drinking water. They are not paid for their work and they passports are taken away from them.
It was found that various diseases are spread among the migrants as they starve and live in overcrowded premises in insanitary conditions.
Qatar is the country with one of the highest income per capita in the world. The country is planning to spend about 62 billion pounds to build the infrastructure required for the World Cup 2022.
After “The Guardian” publication about mass mortality among Nepalese workers in 2013, the representatives of the Qatar-2022 Supreme Committee claimed that they were “shaken” by these facts. However, the situation does not seem to be improved. On the contrary, they continue to recruit people for construction works. The experts say that Qatar would need no less than 500,000 workers to complete all the works. Consequently, the number of deaths might increase too.
The organisation “Avaaz” offers to tell the head of the American company which manages the major part of the Qatar-2022 project about “Qatar’s modern day slaves”. In the petition they say that the CEO lives in quiet Colorado home town. “If 1 million of us stand together to demand freedom for the workers, we will be able to demonstrate her our force every time she leaves her house, goes to work, or goes skiing, until she takes action.” At the moment the petition gathered more than 750,000 voices compared to one million they need.