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Labour rights and the Qatar World Cup 2022


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See also: Outreach to construction firms operating in Qatar

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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4 November 2019

Dutch football club Ajax under fire for Qatar training camp; includes company comments

Author: Dutch News

"Human rights groups call on Ajax shareholders to question trip to Qatar," 30 Oct 2019...

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16 October 2019

Qatar: Unexplained death of World Cup stadium worker one of hundreds dismissed as "natural" by authorities

On 23 June Rubchandra Rumba, a Nepali labourer working on a football stadium for the World Cup 2022, died during his sleep. His death was attributed to "acute cardio respiratory failure due to natural cause[s]”; one of many such deaths recorded as ...

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14 October 2019

Qatar: Guardian investigation finds that migrant workers continue to die from ‘heat stress’, fatalies not adequately investigated by govt.

In October 2019 a Guardian investigation into working conditions for migrant workers in Qatar found that hundreds of labourers are estimated to be dying from 'heat stress' every year. ...

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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)

Shocking revelations brought to light by an investigative report on Qatar's World Cup preparations by German broadcaster WDR have been referred to as "serious allegations" by football's governing body FIFA......

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6 May 2019

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

Author: Rob Harris, AP news

“FIFA to hold human rights talks on 2022 World Cup expansion”, 27th April 2019...

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26 February 2019

SC and BWI publish second workers' welfare progress report

Author: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Qatar)

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for delivering the tournament infrastructure required for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, and global trade union Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI), have...

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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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