13 Dec 2021 5:44 pm
The latest evaluations by Amnesty International show that the number of deceased guest workers as part of the construction work for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has continued to rise. Many victims’ families do not receive any information about the background.
The exact numbers are unknown. It is said that “hundreds of thousands” of guest workers build on the desert sand eight football arenasthat are needed for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
In just over a year, from November 21st to November 18th. November. November. December 2022, the desert state of Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup. The framework conditions for guest workers have been known for a long time and continue to be simply scandalous. Sometimes a seven-day week is normal, shifts of 12 to 14 hours are a matter of course.
In February of this year, the English reported Guardian in a longer article about the catastrophic circumstances. For the first time, the article revealed numbers of deceased guest workers on the construction sites:
“More than 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar since the country won the World Cup 10 years ago”.
The results, compiled from government sources, show that since December 2010, when it was announced that Qatar would host the upcoming World Cup, an average of 12 migrant workers from these five South Asian countries have died per week.
The latest studies from England now show that the number of deceased workers is to be estimated much higher. Nicolas McGeehan, an expert on human and labor rights, reports in an article for the ZDFthat one has to assume that up to 15,000 people have died in the meantime.
The real scandal, however, is that around 70 percent of these incidents are not resolved. Accordingly, the victims’ families do not receive any information about how their relatives died. According to the British newspaper Guardian Heat death is at least one of the well-known causes of death, based on permanent heat stress in the event of overload under scandalous working conditions. The consequences: acute heart or lung failure.
The latest figures were based on a report analyzed by Amnesty International in August this year: “After years of not publishing mortality data, the Qatar Public Statistics Service (PSA) has in recent years started to publish official data for the first time, dating back to 1985”:
“According to the data, 15,021 non-Qataris died in the ten years between 2010 and 2019.”
Sober figures of a major construction site that of the Lusail-Stadions for, among other things, the World Cup final: planned for 90,000 spectators and 10 World Cup games. Construction workers: 10,000, cost: approximately $ 1 billion and how im ZDF-Contribution emphasized by an official spokesman for the construction site, so far “without a dead person”. According to statements by workers, the monthly wage is just under 300 euros, should it be paid at all. It often takes months for a payment to be made. The housing situation is catastrophic and inhuman.
The contradictions between the “improvements” announced in the official statements of those responsible and the realities on the construction sites have shifted significantly – to the detriment of the exploited guest workers, according to Nicolas McGeehan. Let us remind you of Franz Beckenbauer’s assessment from 2013 on the subject of working conditions in Qatar:
the ZDF-Report presents an official government document in which the construction companies carrying out the work are asked to draw up a plan to organize, at the companies’ own expense, during the current World Cup in 2022, to move a large part of the employed workforce out of the country. This official pressure is now being passed on to the workers, who are supposed to ensure that they leave Qatar as soon as possible after their work is done and at their own expense.
Qatar officials, like FIFA, are silent on these realities and allegations. Researching journalists are boycotted in their work on site, and there have even been arrests. The criticism of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, for example from Human Rights Watch, is growing louder again. Even those of the voices that a boycott of the event.
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