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9 Dec 2022

Miguel Delaney, Independent

Qatar 2022: Since tournament kicked off there have been 26 cases of abuse of migrant workers incl. wage theft, says BHRRC

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"Cases of migrant worker abuse in Qatar continue to be reported during World Cup", 09 Dec 2022

There have been 26 cases of reported abuse impacting migrant workers in Qatar since the World Cup began, according to the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre [BHRRC].

The body, which tracks publicly reported allegations of labour abuse committed by businesses, says these figures are “just the tip of the iceberg” given the restrictions workers face when making reports.

Of the reported cases, they include: 15 where workers’ conditions of employment were violated; nine where workers reported restrictions on fundamental freedoms - including of expression, movement and association; 16 where health and safety violations were cited; six where workers cited inhumane or precarious living conditions and two where workers reportedly experienced verbal of physical abuse.

Workers reported wage theft in 11 cases and paying recruitment fees in six cases. Workers’ deaths were reported in eight cases. These reported deaths do not necessarily mean they occurred during the World Cup.

Construction workers were impacted in 17 cases. Six cases impacted workers who built, guarded or were otherwise working around or near the stadiums at Al Bayt, Khalifa International and Lusail...

The Independent has approached Fifa for comment