Posted January 24, 2014

Report: 185 Nepalese workers died in Qatar last year, raising concerns over 2022 World Cup

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Many have criticized FIFA for not taking a bigger stand on labor conditions in Qatar. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Many have criticized FIFA for not taking a bigger stand on labor conditions in Qatar. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Documents obtained by a Nepalese non-governmental organization show that 185 Nepalese migrant workers in Qatar died in 2013, according to an investigative report in The Guardian.

A substantial portion of the country’s planned infrastructure development relates to the 2022 World Cup, for which Qatar is building nine new stadiums and renovating three other venues. Migrant workers are expected to provide much of the labor in the construction.

According to information from Amnesty International, “there are some 1.35 million foreign nationals working in Qatar” and “migrant workers now make up some 94 percent of the total workforce in the country.”

The Guardian report raises new concerns about the 2022 World Cup. Poor conditions for migrant workers have been a major concern over Qatar’s preparations for the tournament, which was awarded to the Gulf state in 2010.

A previous Guardian investigation revealed a variety of abuses, including forced labor, lack of payment and the inaccessibility of drinking water. During the summer, according to the previous report, deaths among Nepalese migrant laborers averaged one per day.

More deaths from last year are expected to be revealed, as workers from Nepal only make up approximately one-sixth of Qatar’s total migrant workforce. The death toll, compiled from research by Nepalese NGO Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee, is at least 382 in the last two years.

Since the oil-rich state was named host country of the 2022 World Cup, critics have questioned FIFA’s selection. Besides human rights concerns, allegations of bribery and questions about player safety in Qatar’s summer heat have been rampant.


24 comments
MrGameandShow
MrGameandShow

They always sit here and talk about the Deaths of works during World Cup. And nothing actually happens. Its just all talk and no action.  I do not understand why these things even make the media.  It is not like they are going to stop the World Cup in Qatar.

DukeMathers
DukeMathers

Many of the goods in western civilization are made by cheap migrant labor. I am not going to pretend to care about the deaths of these Nepalese. I guess they were better off making my t shirts.

JohnFerguson
JohnFerguson

All of this indecent mess is happening in the land of Al Jazeera.  You won't see these issues being discussed on that network.  It would be the second quickest way of getting fired.  The quickest way would be to say something nice about the US; they'll show the door instantly for doing that.

maxxqa
maxxqa

I don't understand how FIFA allowed to host soccer in one of the country which do not respect international human rights , which do not adhere to international labor rights ?

maxxqa
maxxqa

It will be a disaster 

Patokev
Patokev

It will take place in the winter and be the strangest, most disruptive World Cup in history....

Drano
Drano

Many Nepalese workers show up at the doors of the civilized world without so much as potty training. 


If you want to avoid this you'll have to make them conscious beings, at least to the point where they hydrate the day before, and are aware that drinking alcohol = death. 


An honest suggestion is courses in humanization. Water makes you not die. This is how you use the toilet. If you drink beer and go out in the sun you will die. So on. 


I wandered around on foot in August. 

FOOLKILLER
FOOLKILLER

Leave it to soccer to do something like this. Lame sport.

GregJackson
GregJackson

I suppose it's better than being in a concentration camp, but not by much.  Shame on FIFA.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

There is still plenty of time to undo the absurdity of the WC in Qatar. Unfortunately, not so for the deaths. FIFA has to grow a pair right now and change the venue. Brazil, this summer, looks to be bad, but nothing close to what we'll get in the middle east. Disgrace, disaster, and death. What do you have to say, FIFA?

OK
OK

Reads like a Koch Brothers Paradise.

x72
x72

This whole thing from the selection of Qatar to this is a disgrace. Hopefully the families sue FIFA for everything and bankrupt the crooks.

donald5
donald5

@MrGameandShow It could help a little.  These Emirs don't like bad press getting out so they could step in and increase safety measures.  It might be insincere and motivated by PR but it could save some people's lives.

JohnFerguson
JohnFerguson

@maxxqa Bribes are the reason that FIFA chose Qatar.  Qatar spread around a lot of cash, both as kickbacks to various national and regional soccer federations.

maxxqa
maxxqa

@FOOLKILLER 

How do you know its lame ?  Just ask any Employee who works in Qatar , they are treated like slaves . Qatar labor rules made in favor of employers to keep workers as slaves .

FOOLKILLER
FOOLKILLER

lol look at the grass fgts get all hot and bothered.

ianforbes
ianforbes

@FOOLKILLERAhh right. Your sport of football just makes billions and tells the men who helped to make the league and now suffer physically to shove it up the a$$. Now that's a d-bag sport if I ever heard one.

hfuhruhurr
hfuhruhurr

@FOOLKILLER Leave it to some nitwit to go out of his way to let us know he doesn't care about something.  Thanks, bro.  I appreciate your feedback.  Tell me more.  And, in the meantime, generate some more clicks for soccer.  More clicks = more coverage.  So, thank you for helping soccer grow!

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@Rickapolis Any number of countries can/would put together the tourney on the fly, and it still be better than having the damn thing in Qatar. England, US, Italy, etc just to name a few already have the fields and infrastructure to handle the tourney. My biggest problem with the WC is that FIFA puts the tourney in these backwater countries, that have to build up the infrastructure for the tourney, but afterwards are stuck with years of payments on fields not in use. South Africa is a perfect example. I understand giving everyone a shot, etc., but this the most important tourney in the world, not just in Soccer, and therefore should be played under the best conditions for the players and the fans. To think that Qatar, and even Russia for that matter, would have put on a better tourney than the U.S. and Britain is just asinine

GregJackson
GregJackson

@OK Do you know how well Koch Industries pays?  They are a millionaire factory.  You'd be lucky to sweep the floors there.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@OK 

Funny you should say that, left-winger.  Since you can't help dragging your ugly opinions into this, here's some more food for thought.

Bill Gates -- uber-liberal -- is the one who's always getting dragged into court for unethical and predatory business practices.

Warren Buffett -- uber-liberal -- says the rich should pay higher taxes, but is in a decade-long fight with the IRS to pay less.

MrGameandShow
MrGameandShow

@donald5 @MrGameandShow  They don't give a damn to be honest. It was like an incident in Kuwait that occurred. Kuwaiti family murdered a filipino maid or house worker and thought it would be okay to do so. Government punished them, but yet in Kuwait worker abuse is so common that it was swept under the rug.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@hfuhruhurr Well said, hfuh. It's hilarious to see the dimwitted comments about soccer from those that haven't a child's understanding of the game.