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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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 ...
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. ...
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...
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......
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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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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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...
Author: David Conn, The Guardian (UK)
"Qatar 2022: £40 a week to build the World Cup stadiums", 21 November 2018...
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Author: Gulf Times
"Qatar’s first overseas visa centre set to open", 2 October 2018...
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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...