World Cup in Qatar, 6 thousand workers died in 10 years
World Cup: Discussions have been going on since the decision was taken to host the 2022 W.C in Qatar. It has already been proved that the country has not got the responsibility of hosting the World Cup in a legal way. Meanwhile, various organizations have been complaining for a long time that the country is violating human rights with migrant workers. The English newspaper Guardian has published a special report on this. Their special report came up with a shocking information. More than 6,500 South Asian workers have died in the run-up to the W-C since it was offered 10 years ago.
The Guardian reports that an average of 12 people from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar every week since the World Cup was held. According to reliable Guardian sources and official figures from four countries except Pakistan, 5,926 migrant workers died between 2011 and 2020. The number of dead Bangladeshi workers is 1 thousand 18. According to the Pakistani embassy in Qatar, 624 Pakistani workers have died in the Middle East so far.
Data for the end of 2020 is not available. The death toll in the Philippines and Kenya, which is far ahead in labor supply in Qatar, is unknown. That’s why the Guardian suspects that the exact number of deaths of migrant workers in Qatar is much higher.
In the last 10 years, Qatar has undertaken all the unimaginable projects for hosting the World Cup. Seven new stadiums have been built. Along with this, the country is working on many other big projects. New roads and modern public transport system are being introduced including a new airport. The country has needed innumerable manpower for all such large installations and development works. 2 million expatriate workers are now in Qatar on the occasion of the World Cup.
Fair Square Projects works for workers’ rights in the Middle East. Its director, Nick McGeehan, linked the death of migrant workers to the W_C project, saying, “Most of the migrant workers who have died in Qatar since 2011 went there after the opportunity to host the W-C in Qatar.”
Thirty-eight workers have died while working on a World Cup stadium. However, the WC Organizing Committee has ruled that 34 of these deaths were due to work-related deaths. However, experts have questioned these claims. Some workers have died while working at the stadium, and there have been several such incidents. Qatar has claimed that most of the deaths in the last 10 years have been normal. According to the Guardian, 79 per cent of the deaths in Bangladesh, India and Nepal were normal. 12 percent deaths in road accidents. The work environment is associated with only 6 percent of deaths. And 6 percent of workers have committed suicide. In the case of Indians, 80 per cent are normal deaths.
The Guardian reports that in most cases, autopsies are not allowed. In 2014, the Qatari government’s own lawyers also suggested an autopsy to increase the number of deaths among expatriate workers due to heart disease. But the government did not heed that advice. In 2019, it was reported that extreme temperatures in Qatar were having a major impact on worker deaths. A study by the United Nations International Labor Organization has found that workers have to work at least four months of the year in intense heat.
The Qatari government claims that the death toll in the country is still normal. The death toll in Qatar has risen at the same rate as the number of migrant workers. The Qatari government said in a statement that “every death is tragic and there is no shortage of efforts to prevent it.” But this death rate is not uncommon among this class of people. However, the families of the slain workers are still searching for the cause of death of their loved ones.
The Guardian spoke to those in charge about the deaths of workers involved in the construction of the stadium. “We are deeply saddened by these incidents and have investigated all cases to learn from them,” they said. We have always maintained transparency in this regard and protested against the erroneous claims made about the death toll in our project. ‘
FIFA, which has been criticized for hosting the WC and the hosting of the WC, said: Because the rules of hygiene and safety are taken very seriously here. ‘