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Old 03-24-2014, 10:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Report: Qatar's World Cup Expected To Take More Lives Than 9/11

"Qatar is a country without a conscience," begins the International Trade Union Confederation's recent report on the working and living conditions of the 1.4 million migrant workers living in Qatar, many of whom are there to build stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup. After reading through the report, it's hard to disagree.

The ITUC estimates that 4,000 migrant workers will die before the 2022 World Cup, an estimate based on mortality trends previously reported by embassies within the country. For example:

191 Nepalese workers died in 2013 working in Qatar compared with 169 in 2012 based on Nepal Government figures. 400 Nepalese workers have died since 2010 when Qatar won the right to host the World Cup.

218 Indian nationals died in 2013 working in Qatar according to figures form the Indian Embassy in Qatar. 237 workers died in 2012 and 239 in 2011. On average, about 20 Indian migrants died per month in 2013, peaking at 27 in the hottest month, August.
The ITUC concludes that the principal cause of all of these deaths is the horrible working conditions that migrant workers suffer through every day, and the report doesn't skimp on detail. It's full of first-person accounts from migrant workers that add a human face to impersonal figures. There are accounts from construction managers:

I went on site this morning at 5:00 a.m. and there was blood everywhere. I don't know what happened, but it was covered up with no report. When I reported this, I was told that if I didn't stop complaining, I would be dismissed.
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When I first arrived in Qatar, my living conditions were horrible. For three months, I and 15 others who arrived together were forced to sleep on the floor on thin mattresses. We complained to the Qatar National Human Rights Committee about this and were moved into another accommodation. But even now eight people share one bedroom, 16 people share a bathroom and 35 people share a kitchen.
... and construction workers:

Our contract expired, yet the employer has not paid our salaries between one to three months, nor has he provided end of contract benefits or tickets home. Each time we come to the office, it is always, "Come back in a couple of days and you will have your pay and tickets."

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We have worked hard and just want what is due to us and to go home. We are stuck now in cramped accommodations, with poor food and no clean drinking water. We are treated like animals.
Worse yet, the ITUC concludes that Qatar's recent efforts to improve the working and living conditions of its migrant work force are a sham. In the last year, Qatar set forth two charters—the Qatar Foundation Mandatory Standards (QFMS) and the Supreme Committee Workers' Welfare Standards (SCWWS)—that were supposed to ensure that migrant workers were treated properly and afforded basic human rights. It seems, though, that both charters are completely toothless and unenforceable.

The QFMS, for example, requires that contractors submit a "welfare adherence plan" with their bids in order to prove that workers will be properly compensated and treated. The adherence plan, however, is the result of a self-audit by the contractors. The Qatari Foundation will occasionally perform its own audits on construction companies, but companies aren't scrutinized by a truly independent organization that has the power to enforce laws.

The SCWWS is even more hollow. The charter requires contractor-employed "welfare officers" to hold monthly forums with workers at their accommodation sites. Workers are only allowed to discuss the conditions of their accommodation site at these meetings, though, and are not allowed to talk about wages, working hours and conditions, or any other concerns they might have.

And the QFMS and SCWWS are essentially useless as long as Qatar's kafala system remains in place. Under kafala law, migrant workers are essentially indentured servants, completely at the mercy of their employers. Many migrant workers have their passports confiscated by their employers when they arrive in Qatar, and they're not allowed to change jobs unless they receive permission from their current employer.

You can read the ITUC's full report here.

Report: Qatar's World Cup Expected To Take More Lives Than 9/11
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Unreal how many people are dying over there to build these stadiums for games........

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The world Cup should be limited to countrie with infrastrucutures and stadiums already established. Same with the Olympics, how many times do the massive olympic venues go to waste after the games are over, same with the World Cup. Ridiculous.
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The world Cup should be limited to countrie with infrastrucutures and stadiums already established. Same with the Olympics, how many times do the massive olympic venues go to waste after the games are over, same with the World Cup. Ridiculous.
I wonder what the insurance policies are for these workers...
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I wonder what the insurance policies are for these workers...
HAHAHAHA!! Insurance policies?? If the worker dies the company he is working with will charge the family to get the body back to his home country. Wait until we see the disaster in Brazil starting in June. Locals are football crazy and there will be riots when the locals can't get tickets for the games.
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Watch the US send Millions of dollars in aid over there now.
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The UAE and surrounding nations all have massive human rights violations that need be put on the forefront of current issues. In my opinion their human rights violations are probably #1 on the list behind even Asian child labor issues.

I read an article where UAE camel breeders buy children in India to bring them back to become jockeys for camel racing. Once the kids become to heavy or over grown for the jockeying, they are put to death. Damn shame.
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Cute how the world thinks it is necessary or of "best interest" to place strategic global events like the Olympics and World Cup in 3rd world places like Qatar, Brazil, Russia, etc.

Listen, I'm extremely open-minded, love to travel the world, broaden horizons, break down borders, etc....but when these decisions to involve places like Qatar are done in a fashion that will literally result in human deaths, there is a problem. Who are the people on the committees that make these decisions, and do they not know the facts? It is quite concerning.

Russia (Sochi) was laughable, and they are the most advanced out of all these nations.

I'm honest when I say that I wouldn't feel comfortable going to the world cup in Brazil.

And I really hope these facts about Qatar are either untrue or inflated.

Sad, scary stuff.
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Cute how the world thinks it is necessary or of "best interest" to place strategic global events like the Olympics and World Cup in 3rd world places like Qatar, Brazil, Russia, etc.

Listen, I'm extremely open-minded, love to travel the world, broaden horizons, break down borders, etc....but when these decisions to involve places like Qatar are done in a fashion that will literally result in human deaths, there is a problem. Who are the people on the committees that make these decisions, and do they not know the facts? It is quite concerning.

Russia (Sochi) was laughable, and they are the most advanced out of all these nations.

I'm honest when I say that I wouldn't feel comfortable going to the world cup in Brazil.

And I really hope these facts about Qatar are either untrue or inflated.

Sad, scary stuff.
I wouldnt consider Qatar, Brazil nor Russia a "Developing nation" (the term 3rd world has been defunct for a long time now).

Its responsibility falls right on the heads of the executive commitiees that run these orgnaziations. THe chiefs of the IOC and Fifa. These scumbags are having their coffers filled with bags of cash on the side to vote such places as hosts.
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Watch the US send Millions of dollars in aid over there now.
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I wouldnt consider Qatar, Brazil nor Russia a "Developing nation" (the term 3rd world has been defunct for a long time now).
Exactly. Brazil and Russia are far from 3rd world nations. Heck, Sochi has a world famous mall with a "famous" Cinnabon. Talk to Afghanistanis or people from Nigeria about how many malls they have.

Brazil is a technology hub of South America with a lot of Fortune 500 companies having a presence there. A far cry from burning dung for heat and no available food, water or healthcare.
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Didn't the World Cup change the month of when this will be played to Janurary or something of that nature as well?

Great! Protect the players/fans from the heat! Crap on the workers.
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I wouldnt consider Qatar, Brazil nor Russia a "Developing nation" (the term 3rd world has been defunct for a long time now).

Its responsibility falls right on the heads of the executive commitiees that run these orgnaziations. The chiefs of the IOC and Fifa. These scumbags are having their coffers filled with bags of cash on the side to vote such places as hosts.
Nail head, struck. These clowns are strictly awarding these events based upon the highest bidder. The reported numbers don't exactly show the whole story. It's the under the table cash that's really running things. It's a shame.
Hell, look at the living conditions for the athletes in Sochi. Now imagine the conditions the workers were living under.
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Yes they did. The average temp for when the world cup is usually held is something like 110. So they moved it but I can't remember if it is later or sooner.
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It'd be interesting if a WCT boycotts Qatar because of all of this.....
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It'd be interesting if a WCT boycotts Qatar because of all of this.....
These are not the only issues that have been of concern with the hosting of the World cup. Early on, many people were concerned with the strict laws in Qatar which would heavily impact tourist that would visit. Certain laws of drinking alcohol and strict clothing standards for women were hot topic issues. That with zero tolerance and harsh punishments for those negligent of breaking local laws were a huge concern.

Ill see if I can find an article on it.
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Qatar 2022 World Cup controversies, featuring bribery, slavery, homophobia and a winter tournament | News | The Week UK

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Social issues: Soon after Qatar was awarded the World Cup questions were raised about the apparent clash between its conservative attitudes and the expectation of many football fans. Qatar has strict laws against homosexuality, and alcohol is not freely available. Sepp Blatter tried to brush off concerns about homophobia in typically flippant style, telling gay fans to "refrain from any sexual activities". He later apologised, after the comment went down about as well as a World Cup match without any beer... which is also a distinct possibility. ·
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It'd be interesting if a WCT boycotts Qatar because of all of this.....
Don't think that will happen. Don't teams get at least 10-15 million just for making the tournament or is that just for making the elimination round?
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The Organizers Of The Qatar World Cup Are Very Mad At Us


Deadspin opened up a world of sht!!!!
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I read an article where UAE camel breeders buy children in India to bring them back to become jockeys for camel racing. Once the kids become to heavy or over grown for the jockeying, they are put to death. Damn shame.
I would go with "atrocity" here, if true. That is f'd up beyond belief.
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The Organizers Of The Qatar World Cup Are Very Mad At Us


Deadspin opened up a world of sht!!!!
That is a load of crap from that "official". Why do people running these huge event have to be total sleazebags.
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I would go with "atrocity" here, if true. That is f'd up beyond belief.
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That is f'd up. I like the suggestion at the end. Let's see them put their kids in those conditions.
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