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11 Jun 2019

Sanjay Kumar, Arab News

Qatar: Nepal confirms ‘many deaths’ in Qatar as show says figure as high as 1,400

[Narayan Ragmi, Labor Ministry spokeman] said there was a memorandum of understanding with Doha... Workers were briefed before leaving Nepal and went through a pre-departure orientation program... Accidents and poor living conditions were claiming around 110 lives every year, according to Nepali government figures. Bereaved families of dead workers told WDR they had received no compensation from Doha.

[Janak Sapkota, a Kathmandu-based journalist said] “most of the international companies working in Qatar do not meet safety requirements... many construction workers lose their lives through this gross negligence... Qatari companies took steps to respect the rights of the workers, but they are still not sufficient.” Barun Ghimire, a Nepal-based human rights activist and lawyer, said employers in Qatar had failed to create working conditions to safeguard the health of workers... He said up to 1,300 migrant workers departed Nepal on a daily basis for Gulf-based jobs, and... several dead migrant workers were repatriated to Nepal every day.