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Many people have died as a result of the construction of stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. What are the working conditions and policies at FIFA?

Still fewer dead than claimed?

Despite rumors in the media that there have been as many as 6,500 deaths in Qatar in the last ten years, FIFA President Gianni Infantino claims that just three people have died during the construction of football stadiums. Only three construction workers were murdered during the stadiums’ construction, according to FIFA, and that is still three too many.

The whole death toll must be viewed in context: in the last ten years, many million migrants from poor neighboring nations have fled to Qatar in search of jobs. Working conditions in Qatar are currently equivalent to those in Europe, according to FIFA.

The Guardian, a British newspaper, based its findings on the overall number of fatalities during a ten-year period, which includes deaths due to heat, suicide, and other personal situations. Migrants who were not directly working at football venues were also included in the calculation, according to the publication.

On Friday, April 1, 2022, NOS journalist Fleur Launspach from the Netherlands talked on television right before the draw. When she worked for the Al Jazeera channel, she resided in Qatar for several years. Fleur stated that conditions had improved over time, citing the wage structure as an example. Migrant workers do not make much money by Western standards, but they make a lot of money in their home country. In addition, stadiums are being erected at night rather than during the day to avoid the heat. Furthermore, Qatar’s working conditions are superior to those in neighboring Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The Guardian, according to former Dutch player Ronald de Boer, grouped all of the dead together, including a teacher, a cleaner, and a construction worker. According to the British tabloid, he has also played football and lived in Qatar, and claims that the 6,500 deaths are “total rubbish.” According to official data from Qatar, 15,000 individuals have perished in the last ten years among the millions of migrants, not just in the stadium building. The death toll among construction workers, security guards, and logistical staff is estimated to be in the thousands, according to Amnesty International.

Amnesty International fights for human rights all around the world. The organization claims it has never advocated for a boycott of the World Cup in Qatar, claiming that the event casts a spotlight on the country. Hopefully, the favorable improvements in the host nation would be reflected in surrounding countries.

More than 6,500 dead in stadium construction in the past 10 years

During the construction of the football stadiums in Qatar, more than 6,500 employees have already perished. The high mortality toll in the host country for the 2022 World Cup is the result of contemporary slave labor.

The casualties include India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, according to the English publication The Guardian. The deaths happened during the last ten years when the stadiums were being built, with completion expected by 2022.

Because not all data from all nations have been evaluated, the true number of deaths is likely to be greater. It is also unknown where the folks died or what caused their deaths.

Nonetheless, it is believed that excessive heat is to blame. Natural deaths have been detected in 69 percent of deaths in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, and in India, the figure is as high as 80 percent. The majority of migrant workers who die are not subjected to a thorough autopsy, and the cause of death remains unknown.

The number of foreign employees is expected to reach 1.4 million by the beginning of 2021. Several million workers have visited Qatar in recent years to work on the country’s stadiums and infrastructure.

Since the assignment, Qatar has been chastised for its handling of foreign labor. Millions of people have worked in the oil industry in recent years, and 6,500 deaths are not unusual. In the meanwhile, the host nation has taken the required steps to enhance working conditions, but human rights organizations claim that these are not being fully implemented.

Article in The Guardian about working conditions and the number of deaths in Qatar

The Guardian can reveal that more than 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka have perished in Qatar since the country was awarded the right to host the World Cup ten years ago.

Since the night in December 2010 when the streets of Doha were packed with joyful crowds celebrating Qatar’s win, an average of 12 migrant workers from these five south Asian countries have perished each week, according to the figures collated from official sources.

According to data from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, 5,927 migrant laborers died between 2011 and 2020. Separately, statistics from Pakistan’s consulate in Qatar revealed that between 2010 and 2020, 824 Pakistani employees died.

Because these estimates do not include deaths from a number of countries that send substantial numbers of workers to Qatar, such as the Philippines and Kenya, the total death toll is much greater. Also excluded are deaths that happened in the latter months of 2020.

Qatar has embarked on an extraordinary development program in the last ten years, mostly in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. A new airport, highways, public transportation systems, hotels, and a new city, which will host the World Cup final, are among the dozens of big projects that have been built or are in the works, in addition to the seven new stadiums.

According to Nick McGeehan, a director at FairSquare Projects, an advocacy group specializing in Gulf labor rights, “many workers who have died were likely employed on these World Cup infrastructure projects.” While death records are not broken down by occupation or place of work, “many workers who have died were likely employed on these World Cup infrastructure projects.” “A considerable fraction of the migrant workers who have perished since 2011 have only been in the nation since Qatar was awarded the World Cup hosting rights,” he added.

There have been 37 deaths among employees directly associated with the building of World Cup stadiums, with 34 of them being categorized as “non-work related” by the event’s organizing body. Experts have questioned the term’s use because it has been used to describe workplace tragedies in some circumstances, such as a number of employees who collapsed and died on stadium building projects.

The findings reveal Qatar’s inability to protect its 2 million-strong migrant labor, or even to look into the causes of the ostensibly high fatality rate among the mostly young employees.

Countless stories of bereaved families who have been left without their primary earner, who are battling for compensation who are unsure about the circumstances surrounding their loved one’s death, lay behind the figures.

Ghal Singh Rai, a Nepalese cleaner, spent over £1,000 in recruiting fees to work in a camp for construction workers at the Education City World Cup stadium. He committed suicide less than a week after arriving.

Another Bangladeshi worker, Mohammad Shahid Miah, was electrocuted after water came into touch with exposed power lines in his worker accommodation.

Madhu Bollapally’s family in India is baffled as to how the healthy 43-year-old died of “natural causes” while working in Qatar. His corpse was discovered on the floor of his dorm room.

The death toll in Qatar is disclosed in large spreadsheets of official data that detail the reasons of death: numerous brutal injuries from a fall from a height; suffocation from hanging; and unclear cause of death due to decay.

However, among the reasons, so-called “natural fatalities,” which are frequently linked to abrupt cardiac or respiratory failure, are by far the most prevalent.

According to data published by the Guardian, natural causes account for 69 percent of deaths among Indian, Nepalese, and Bangladeshi laborers. The ratio is 80 percent among Indians alone.

According to The Guardian, such classifications, which are typically issued without an autopsy, frequently fail to give a genuine medical explanation for the underlying cause of these fatalities.

It was discovered in 2019 that Qatar’s extreme summer heat is likely to be a major contributor in many worker deaths. The Guardian’s results were backed up by study commissioned by the UN’s International Labour Organization, which found that employees endure considerable heat stress for at least four months of the year when working outside.

In 2014, a report from Qatar’s own attorneys urged that the government undertake a study into migrant workers’ fatalities due to cardiac arrest and alter the legislation to “allow for an autopsy… in all situations of unexpected or sudden death.” Neither has been done by the government.

According to Hiba Zayadin, Gulf researcher for Human Rights Watch, Qatar continues to “drag its feet on this vital and urgent matter in obvious disdain for employees’ lives.” “We’ve asked Qatar to change its autopsy law to compel forensic examinations into all unexpected or inexplicable deaths, as well as introduce legislation requiring all death certificates to indicate a medically significant cause of death,” she added.

The Qatari government claims that the number of deaths is proportional to the size of the migrant labor and that the data include white-collar professionals who died naturally after living in Qatar for many years. It further claims that construction employs just 20% of expatriates from the nations in issue and that work-related deaths in this sector account for less than 10% of fatalities in this group.

“The death rate in these areas is within the predicted range given the population’s size and demographics. Every lost life, on the other hand, is a tragedy, and every effort is made to prevent every fatality in our nation “In a statement, the Qatari government said

The official went on to say that all citizens and foreign nationals receive free first-class healthcare and that the death rate among “guest workers” has been steadily declining over the last decade as a result of labor-system health and safety improvements.

Road accidents (12 percent), occupational accidents (7 percent), and suicide are other prominent causes of mortality among Indians, Nepalese, and Bangladeshis (7 percent ).

Covid-related deaths, which have remained exceedingly rare in Qatar, have had little impact on the data, with little over 250 deaths reported across all nationalities.

The Guardian’s investigation also revealed a lack of openness, rigor, and depth in Qatar’s death records. For political reasons, embassies in Doha and governments in labor-sending nations are hesitant to give statistics. There are variations in the data held by different government agencies where statistics have been supplied, and there is no uniform format for recording the causes of death. Because they were only able to offer data on the reasons for death, one south-Asian embassy indicated they couldn’t share data on the causes of death.

May Romanos, a Gulf researcher with Amnesty International, stated, “There is a serious lack of clarity and openness around these killings.” “Qatar’s workplace health and safety requirements need to be strengthened.”

When asked about the deaths during stadium construction, the World Cup organizing committee in Qatar said: “All of these tragedies were greatly regretted, and we examined each occurrence to ensure that lessons were learned. We’ve always been open about this, and we’ve disputed false assertions about the number of employees who have perished on our projects.”

Fifa, football’s international governing body, stated in a statement that it is entirely committed to defending the rights of workers on Fifa projects. “With the extremely strict health and safety precautions in place on-site… the incidence of incidents on Fifa World Cup building sites has been minimal when compared to other big construction projects across the world,” they said, without offering any proof.

Health and safety are poor

In April 2017, impartial researchers will release the first study on Qatari employees’ working conditions. Impact Ltd currently releases an annual report on the development of football stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, in collaboration with human rights specialists. In the original report, there is no mention of probable deaths.

The research makes a contrast between key areas where construction enterprises fall short when it comes to the impact of the Workers’ Welfare Standards on Qatar’s 15,000 workers. Working circumstances, such as health and safety, contracts and administration, and living arrangements, have all been identified as high-risk areas. Workers live in cramped quarters with little access to good food and medical treatment.

Human rights experts have also made a number of lesser proposals. This refers to the hazards of not paying workers’ salaries on time, paying bribes to contractors, and having sufficient personnel administration, which, in addition to defining duties, also specifies employee rights.

HEY. The research, commissioned by FIFA and the organization, is welcomed by Hassan Al Thawadi, head of the 2022 World Cup organization. According to him, the data shows that Qatar is consistently improving workplace conditions at the stadiums of the Middle East’s first football World Cup.

“We have always felt that the Qatar 2022 World Cup will serve as a catalyst for constructive initiatives in Qatar, including significant and long-term changes in working conditions,” Al Thawadi added. “While the findings still reveal a number of risk areas and opportunities for development, they also demonstrate the organization’s commitment to continuous improvement.”

“We take all necessary steps to guarantee that the concerns are adequately handled. During their study and observations, we respect Impactt’s research and independence “He went on to say.

According to the research, the World Football Cup host country has achieved tremendous progress since the introduction of the Workers’ Welfare Standards. The organizations participating in the construction of football temples are becoming increasingly interested in making changes.

Dead again at the construction of the stadium in Doha

Another person died in Qatar while working on the football stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. In January 2017, a 40-year-old British man died in Doha, the host country’s capital. He is the hundredth person to perish while working on the World Cup stadiums in Qatar.
The man was thrown from a tremendous height, but his safety system failed. His name is kept hidden for the time being, but the organization launches an inquiry. The British national worked for a German business that was building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. He died yesterday at the Khalifa International Stadium, which is undergoing renovations in preparation for the World Cup.

Hassan Al Thawadi, the organization’s general secretary in Qatar, has stated that working conditions for workers had significantly improved. “We are always looking for ways to improve. It may be quick, but progress is being made.” The Dutch trade union FNV has addressed the issue, and FIFA has even been sued for slavery and exploitation. The judge agreed with FIFA last week.

According to the human rights group Amnesty International, several people are killed in Qatar every year while stadiums are being built. Only two individuals have perished so far, according to the 2022 World Cup organizers. The criticism of Qatar, according to Al Thawadi, is greatly overblown. Independent international groups keep a close eye on the organization.

Workers in Qatar are still being exploited according to Amnesty International

Migrant laborers working on stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are still being mistreated. Amnesty International, a human rights organization, released a report on the violations on March 31, 2016.

Last year, the human rights organization interviewed 231 workers who complained about unclean and confined living quarters, misinformation about the nature and pay of their jobs, and intimidation. One firm was discovered to be using forced labor.

Association of International Football (FIFA) FIFA has promised for five years to address breaches of employees’ human rights, but Amnesty International warns that there has been little progress.

FIFA response

In reaction to the findings, FIFA claims that the solution to the problem should be viewed as a “process.” The World Football Association believes it has a solid foundation for monitoring labor conditions in Qatar.

“Of course, there are still many problems ahead, but we are on the right route and are motivated to develop and contribute even more to the preservation of workers’ rights in the World Cup stadium projects in 2022.”

The Qatari government wants to modify the working conditions for construction workers for the 2022 World Cup stadiums.
The harsh criticism is well-known: laborers in Qatar who are constructing the massive World Cup stadiums are living in deplorable conditions. The municipal administration, according to NOS sports reporter Gio Lippens, wants to modify that.

Lippens went to Qatar in February 2016 for a meeting as the Dutch president of the sports writers’ organization and was given a tour of one of the towns. Sports facilities, a theatre, and even a full-fledged shopping mall are all required. However, it is not quite luxurious: employees must share a 24-square-meter room with three other employees. In addition, the city is surrounded by a barrier. Lippens explains, “People just have different beliefs here.” And sure, he claims that working in scorching heat with temperatures above 40 degrees is still a problem. He says of the trip, “You know you’re going to be overwhelmed.” “They’re directing you in the direction they want you to go.” It was, however, less.

In all, four cities will be developed, each with a population of 100,000 people. However, for the 1.8 million workers, this is insufficient. The issue of where the remaining 1.4 million employees would sleep went unanswered. Many of the employees, largely from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, are currently sleeping six out of seven nights in cramped, unsanitary quarters.

The Workers Welfare Standards improve working conditions in Qatar

FIFA is well aware of the situation in Qatar with regard to labor rights. As a result, the World Football Association intends to collaborate with stakeholders to enhance these circumstances in the 2022 World Cup host country. People are aware that football in Qatar is attracting the attention of the entire world.

Since 2011, FIFA specialists have been in communication with Qatar’s senior officials, including Amnesty International, to explore ways to secure long-term improvements in working conditions. Several individuals have already perished as a result of the World Cup stadium construction.

As a result, FIFA created additional standards in the Worker’s Welfare Standards at the conclusion of 2015. These are international working conditions, housing, and salary requirements. All enterprises participating in the building of stadiums and lodgings in Qatar must adhere to this criteria. Other building sites in the nation are also expected to follow the criteria, according to FIFA.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy is in charge of constructing the stadiums, as well as other structures and infrastructure, for the 2022 World Cup. The first regulations of the Worker’s Welfare Standards were developed in March 2013. This standard was re-adjusted in 2014. The Workers’ Welfare Standards are a set of legally enforceable guidelines that guarantee that contractors and subcontractors follow international standards.

In addition to the norm, FIFA inspects working conditions in and around football stadiums in Qatar on a regular basis. On November 4, 2015, 3,694 people were working on the project, putting in a total of 10.4 million hours.

Better working conditions for workers in Qatar are being introduced

Fair working standards for 2022 World Cup employees must be implemented promptly. At a meeting in Zurich on November 20, 2013, FIFA Chairman Sepp Blatter, Chairman Michael Sommer of the Confederation of German Trade Unions, and the International Trade Union Confederation agreed on this. Workers in Qatar face deplorable working conditions, with individuals dying on a daily basis while constructing stadiums.

Economic and political leaders must work together to improve Qatar’s deplorable status. As a result, Blatter is delighted with the effort of the German Football Association DFB and employee organizations, because changes may be implemented together. In the run-up to the 2022 World Cup, FIFA President Sepp Blatter is confident that Qatar is taking the matter seriously and has made progress.

The awarding of the World Football Cup to Qatar, as well as the extensive attention surrounding the event, should help to improve football’s image across the world. According to DFB chairman Wolfgang Niersbach, poor working conditions for stadium and hotel employees are not a factor. Because human lives are at risk, the DFB has immediately pulled together international organizations.

For the 2022 World Cup, Qatar must adhere to international standards for employees, ensuring that workers’ rights and responsibilities are upheld. Discrimination is illegal, and workers’ groups are permitted in the host country for the 1.3 million workers.

Blatter does not consider FIFA responsible for the circumstances of workers

FIFA, according to Sepp Blatter, is not responsible for the working conditions of immigrants building stadiums, infrastructure, and other facilities in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. That’s what the World Football Association’s Swiss presidency announced on Tuesday during a visit to Sri Lanka, four years after FIFA awarded the worldwide final to the Arab emirate.

Immigrants in Qatar, according to Blatter, frequently work for construction businesses from Germany, France, and other European countries. “They, not FIFA, are accountable for their staff.” Furthermore, the 78-year-old Blatter, who has been harshly chastised by his union, qualifies claims of the appalling working circumstances in which employees from South Asia, in particular, are forced to work. “Thanks to the World, they are better World cup.”

Human rights organizations had previously chastised Qatar for using migrants as slaves and abusing them. In the years 2012 and 2013, at least 964 employees would have perished. The number of persons wounded at work would be far higher. The immigrants, many of whom without a passport and insurance in the Gulf state, toil for a pitiful pay in sweltering conditions. As a result, organizations use the term “inhuman conditions.”

Blatter is positive about the improvements in working conditions

On November 9, 2013, FIFA President Sepp Blatter met with the highest political authorities to discuss his three-point objective. Blatter’s final argument is about the difficulties with working conditions in Qatar. The Supreme Committee presented the FIFA chairman with a presentation in which it was noted that the host country has been actively enhancing the working conditions of workers in and around the stadiums and hotels in recent months. A number of legislative reforms were also enacted. 60,000 workers will be able to sleep in an apartment that is now being constructed.

Qatar has already made contact with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) (ILO). These multinational groups fight for workers’ rights and urge that the host country improve. The FIFA World Cup lasts nine years, but Blatter believes Qatar is on pace to host the event in 2022.

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