Qatar has neglected World Cup 2022 migrant worker problem, says damning Amnesty International report

Qatar has neglected World Cup 2022 migrant worker problem, says damning Amnesty International report

Amnesty International has launched a blistering attack on Qatar for failing on its promises to tackle widespread migrant worker exploitation ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
A withering human rights report, which also piles fresh pressure on Fifa to ensure the nation is abiding by its code of ethics, says authorities are yet to solve the vast majority of 6,000 labour abuse allegations raised last year alone.
“Despite the significant promises of reform which Qatar has made ahead of the 2022 World Cup, it remains a playground for unscrupulous employers,” concludes Stephen Cockburn, Amnesty’s deputy director of global issues.
The international charity and campaign group said it had independently tracked down hundreds of migrant workers who are still waiting in vain for unpaid wages and compensation more than a year after Qatar announced programmes to improve workers’ rights.
The charity focussed its attentions on three construction and cleaning companies, where employees have “given up on justice and returned home penniless” since March 2018.
Qatar’s treatment of its army of migrant workers has been the source of intense scrutiny since the small but wealthy nation won the right to stage the World Cup in December 2010. There have been some improvements, particularly for the 30,000 or so workers building World Cup stadia and training sites, as they come under the auspices of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. However, between Feb 2018 and January of this year, 10 workers died away from building sites, with nine of them perishing in their bedrooms and six of those being under 36.
Amnesty International’s research focused on firms not directly related to the World Cup after the companies allegedly stopped paying wages for several months.
Cockburn added: “We are urging the Qatari authorities to fully deliver what has been promised and end the shameful reality of labour exploitation.”

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