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Will Awareness Of Multiple Deaths in Qatar Force Change?

Thus far, over 1200 workers have died in Qatar, working in inhumane conditions while building the 2018 World Cup stadium. Will the recent publicity of these human rights violations force Qatar to change its practices?

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Will Awareness Of Multiple Deaths in Qatar Force Change?  

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Why Australia should boycott the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar - The Age
"...Whatever the fallout of the FIFA scandal in the next few months, one thing is clear: Australia must not play at a World Cup in Qatar. Doing so would endorse a system that has effectively enslaved thousands of foreign labourers and is working them, literally, to death.What's an acceptable body count for a soccer match? Is one death too many? Five? When English hooligans ran amok at Heysel and killed 39 mostly Italian fans in 1985, English teams were banned from playing in Europe for five years.So how about 4000 deaths? By some estimates, that's how many workers are going to die building the stadiums that will host the World Cup in 2022. The International Trade Union Confederation believes 1200 might already have lost their lives. If the tournament goes ahead, teams will be playing in a graveyard, and it will be to Australia's shame if it is one of them...." see full article

1350 days ago | goal
Now is the time to right FIFA's 2022 Qatar World Cup decision gone wrong -
"...The FIFA that is allowed these two afflictions upon the beautiful game to develop and has defended them at every opportunity. The FIFA that is has not taken sufficient action against Qatar to force the end to the kafala labor system that makes it virtually impossible for immigrant workers on the World Cup stadium projects to change jobs or depart the country; companies can take possession of immigrant workers' passports and refuse to allow their exit. Workers from Nepal whose families were affected by the recent earthquake apparently cannot leave for funeral services or to help their families deal with the disaster. The construction projects reportedly have claimed the lives of several hundred foreign workers; in all the work done in advance of Brazil 2014, eight laborers perished...." see full article

1359 days ago | nonprofitquarterly
The Clinton Foundation, FIFA, & Qatar's Hosting of the 2022 World Cup - The Nonprofit Quarterly
"...It's not like FIFA didn't know this. Qatar's track record on labor rights for its foreign workers (only 10 percent of the nation's population is Qatari) has long been known to be staggeringly horrendous, documented in detail in several reports, including Human Rights Watch's World Report 2014. The Clinton Foundation had to have known as well.The Guardian has done consistent work on Qatari labor conditions, reporting most recently on Qatar's arrest of a BBC news crew that was looking into improvement of labor conditions there. FIFA laughingly announced that it would investigate the arrest of the BBC news team, only a little over a week before the arrests of some of its senior brass.There's no point in asking a corrupt body like FIFA to explain its choice of Qatar given the country's appalling labor record...." see full article

1359 days ago | usatoday
Armour: For plenty of reasons, Qatar's World Cup will be worst ever - USA TODAY

"...It's tantamount to modern-day slavery, with late or no payment of wages and employers confiscating passports to prevent workers from leaving. The actual working conditions are life-threatening, with the International Trade Union Confederation once estimating that some 4,000 workers will die before the World Cup.Yet despite increased scrutiny of the World Cup host, a scathing report last week by Amnesty International found the Qatari government has implemented none of the reforms it promised a year ago. That's right. None.Of nine issues that would help protect migrant workers, Amnesty said Qatar has made limited progress on five and no improvements on the remaining four...." see full article

1359 days ago | screamer.deadspin
Chart: The Qatar World Cup Death Toll Is Stunning - Deadspin
"...Don't let the sheer scale of the chart shroud the fact that these are real people. That's not just 1,200 faceless men; it's 1,200 migrant workers who traveled far from home and their families, were forced to surrender their passports and live in squalid conditions for subsistence-level wages, until their untimely deaths. Meanwhile, FIFA executives have allegedly pocketed hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to make sure Qatar received the honor of hosting the World Cup. The International Trade Union Confederation estimates that 4,000 workers will die in Qatar by the time 2022 arrives. FIFA corruption doesn't even rate among legitimate reasons to boycott the World Cup...." see full article

1359 days ago | newstatesman
It's time to think about boycotting the Qatar World Cup - New Statesman
"...So what should we do about it? I think now is the time for the FA (and its partners in the football world) to demand action. Uefa have already asked that the upcoming Fifa Presidential elections be postponed but this is not enough. Until a full, independent, investigation into the 2018 and 2022 bids is completed and until we are satisfied migrant workers in Qatar are being treated fairly then the Qatar tournament (at least) should be put on hold. The English FA should threaten to boycott the World Cup in Qatar if this does not happen.This alone might not exert the necessary influence to ensure action is taken but it should surely make key international sponsors take notice. Then Fifa will surely listen. Encouragingly, VISA has already weighed in on worker rights in Qatar so I expect that sponsors would move quickly if one of the leading footballing nations threatened not to take part in the tournament. Others in Uefa could even follow. The time to act is now, when the world is watching and Fifa cannot wriggle out of its responsibilities as it so often has. Too much in this whole situation feels wrong for us to meekly remark that it's only a game'. We all hope football is not just about the money, now is the time to prove it...." see full article

1359 days ago | refinery29
The Other FIFA Scandal: Slave Labor - Refinery29
"...Many of the workers came to the Middle East from Nepal. According to the Guardian, after the devastating earthquake killed thousands of people, workers were not allowed to go home to bury loved ones. As if that weren't horrific enough, the Qatari government has worked furiously to keep reporters away from the labor camps and work sites; earlier this month, reporters from the BBC were arrested for chronicling the conditions there...." see full article

1359 days ago | vox
The World Cup's biggest issue: modern slavery and dead workers - Vox

"...While the Qatari government has promised reform, "the changes proposed by the government are inadequate and will not address the daily abuse faced by tens of thousands of migrant workers across the country," a new report from Amnesty International finds. The kafala system is basically untouched: migrant workers still can't switch jobs or change employers at will. They also still can't form unions.While Qatar's government has tried some reforms, like prohibitions on work during the hottest days, Amnesty's interviews with workers found that these weren't enforced at several workplaces. The inspector's office is still dramatically understaffed. The reforms that actually have some bite, like increasing the penalty on late wage payment, aren't strong enough to make up for the remaining issues...." see full article

1360 days ago | thedailybeast
World Cup Slaves: It Gets Worse - Daily Beast

"...The first-person accounts in the report are the stuff of nightmares. And yet, this indentured servitude is entirely legal under Qatar's kafala system, in which an employer has near-total control over the lives of the migrant workers that are fed false promises regarding living conditions, nonexistent safety protocols, wages, and length of employment, and can be kept enslaved by withholding both salaries and passports. We have worked hard and just want what is due to us and to go home, one worker said. We are stuck now in cramped accommodations, with poor food and no clean drinking water. We are treated like animals. ..." see full article

1360 days ago | motherjones
Qatar Is Treating Its World Cup Workers Like Slaves: Nepal Earthquake Edition - Mother Jones

"...We're still seven years away from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but it seems like the event has been buried under bad news for a decade: everything from allegations of bribery and corruption to terrible human rights violations. And it doesn't look like it's getting better anytime soon.The latest in a string of embarrassments? Qatar's reported refusal to grant bereavement leave to the roughly 400,000 migrant workers from Nepal building stadiums for the World Cup following the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 8,000 countrymen. As a result, many Nepali workers instead must mourn from construction sites in Qatar...." see full article

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