Qatar World Cup: 400 Nepalese die on nation’s building sites since bid won

n13-iconThe Observer reports: More than 400 Nepalese migrant workers have died on Qatar’s building sites as the Gulf state prepares to host the World Cup in 2022, a report will reveal this week.

The grim statistic comes from the Pravasi Nepali Co-ordination Committee, a respected human rights organisation which compiles lists of the dead using official sources in Doha. It will pile new pressure on the Qatari authorities – and on football’s world governing body, Fifa – to curb a mounting death toll that some are warning could hit 4,000 by the time the 2022 finals take place.

It also raises the question of how many migrant workers in total have died on construction sites since Qatar won the bid in 2010. Nepalese workers comprise 20% of Qatar’s migrant workforce, and many others are drafted in from countries such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. [Continue reading…]

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  1. Norman

    The Fifa should cancel the games and award them to another country that doesn’t allow the exploitation of their foreign workers, if such a country exists today. Perhaps if the host country had public executions of the owners of the companies that employ the foreign workers, then the practice might cease.

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