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25 Feb 2021

Chandan Kumar Mandal, Kathmandu Post

As World Cup draws closer, Nepalis continue to die in Qatar

Hundreds of Nepali migrant workers have lost their lives in Qatar since the country won the right to host the World Cup 10 years ago, a new investigation has shown...

“The latest Guardian report doesn’t surprise me at all. It merely states that deaths of migrant workers have continued as before,” Barun Ghimire, a human rights lawyer, told the Post.
He says migrant workers will continue to die and suffer if the concerned governments do nothing to address the situation...

According to Rameshwar Nepal, a labour migration researcher and executive director at Equidem Research Nepal, a human rights research organisation, these so-called ‘natural deaths’ are in fact not natural at all.

“Young and healthy Nepalis dying every year cannot be seen as natural. These workers are dying in road accidents, workplace accidents, of suicide, from falling from heights and even sudden cardiac arrest, which is related to working in the heat outside and sleeping in air-conditioned rooms,” said Nepal. “These deaths also show the inadequacy of pre-departure orientation training."