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17 Dez 2021

Kunda Dixit, Nepali Times

Qatar 2022: Concern from Nepali construction workers that they will be sent home before the tournament, having experienced wage delays, an inability to change job & reportedly hazardous working conditions

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"Rights referees blow whistle on World Cup fouls," 16 Dec 2021

In an online media briefing on Wednesday organized by Human Rights Watch (HRW), researchers said that although labour laws are relatively better in Qatar, things have not improved on the ground, and there is pushback from construction contractors working on World Cup infrastructure...

There have been at least 30 deaths of migrant workers at World Cup construction sites, rights group say, 18 of them unexplained...

‘Died in his sleep’ (सुत्दा सुत्दै मर्यो) has become a colloquial Nepali term and the fatalities were attributed to ‘natural causes’. Mostly, there was nothing natural about them – they were a result of overwork, heat stroke and official apathy...

“At least 70% of the deaths are unexplained which is not acceptable, especially in a country with such an advanced health system,” said Nicholas McGeehan of the rights group FairSquare...

Qatar cannot be singled out for blame. The exploitation of workers by unscrupulous recruiters and harassment by officials starts back in Nepal...

There will be many Nepalis in the hospitality sector who will look after players and visitors in Doha during the World Cup, and workers are hopeful that there will be future projects they can engage in. 

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