Labour rights and the Qatar World Cup 2022

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In December 2010, Qatar won its bid to host the 2022 World Cup. In preparation, Qatar will spend an estimated US$100 billion on infrastructure, including a new airport, roads, hotels and stadiums.

The international media, unions and human rights organizations have shone a spotlight on abuses of migrant workers’ rights in Qatar.  Major concerns include the exploitative “kafala” sponsorship system; lack of freedom of association / right to form unions; confiscation of passports; and harmful working and housing conditions.  The World Cup provides an opportunity to push for change.

This page features the latest developments on labour rights in Qatar.  It also provides an overview of what key actors are doing – from international unions to the Qatari Government itself.  And it highlights the role and responsibilities of companies operating in Qatar.

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11 June 2019

Undercover investigation reports range of abuses against migrant workers in Qatar, includes comments from FIFA

An undercover investigation on labour conditions in Qatar has, for the first time, prompted FIFA to admit violations of worker standards on World Cup projects. A Deutsche Welle report on the investigation says that “FIFA have promised to investigate...

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7 June 2019

Qatar 2022: FIFA admits violation of workers' standards

Author: James Thorogood, DW (Germany)

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6 May 2019

FIFA to hold talks with human rights groups on risks associated with possible 2022 World Cup expansion

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26 February 2019

SC and BWI publish second workers' welfare progress report

Author: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Qatar)

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26 November 2018

Qatar: Details behind death of Nepalese worker on World Cup stadium remain unknown months later

In August 2018, 23-year-old Tej Narayan Tharu from Nepal died following a worksite accident at Al Wakrah Stadium. World Cup organisers, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, launched an investigation into the accident saying "further details...

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26 November 2018

The Guardian: World Cup construction workers in Qatar struggle with low pay

Author: David Conn, The Guardian (UK)

"Qatar 2022: £40 a week to build the World Cup stadiums", 21 November 2018...

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8 October 2018

Qatar to launch visa centres in labour sending countries to prevent abusive recruitment practices

Author: Gulf Times

"Qatar’s first overseas visa centre set to open", 2 October 2018...

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4 September 2018

Qatar: Labour abuse reported at World Cup sites and infrastructure projects, internal investigations underway

Author: Anchal Vohra, DW

"Is Qatar failing to deliver on its World Cup promises?", 30 August 2018...

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17 August 2018

SC Statement on incident at Al Wakrah Stadium

Author: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

[On] Tuesday 14 August, a 23-year-old man from Nepal lost his life while working at the Al Wakrah Stadium project site. His next of kin has been informed and the relevant Qatari and Nepali authorities have been notified. An investigation has been...

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17 March 2018

Qatar: Local World Cup organiser working with contractors to pay back recruitment fees to migrant workers

Author: Anthony Harwood, Global Construction Review

By the end of March more than 5,500 people from across South Asia, a third of the workforce, will be reimbursed money they paid to middlemen who hired them to work in [Qatar]. The Doha government is negotiating with its contractors in the hope that...

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