Nepal workers ‘deaths’ in Qatar rises to 1,400

The Nepali government has stated that there have been ‘many deaths’ in Qatar claiming that 1,400 workers have died working on the stadiums for the 2022 FIFAWorld Cup. A report from the German broadcaster WDR has unveiled in the show ‘Trapped in Qatar’ the poor living and working conditions on the sites.

Qatar Labor Ministry says he was unaware of the investigation but has confirmed that many Nepalis died in Qatar.“It is a fact that many Nepali workers have lost their lives in Qatar over the years,” Narayan Ragmi told Arab News. “I don’t have any information regarding the documentary right now, I am not in a situation to tell you how many people lost their lives in Qatar. But that many people lost their lives in Qatar, that is true.

Since the time we started sending our laborers to Qatar some people have lost their lives. I am not sure whether it is 1,400 or 200 or 300. I must verify this number with the authorities directly concerned with the issue.” According to Nepali government reports, poor living conditions and accidents claim about 110 lives every year and the families did not receive any compensation from the Qatari government for their losses.

Janak Sapkota, a journalist reporting on labor migration from Nepal said: “Most of the international companies working in Qatar do not meet safety requirements and as a result, many construction workers lose their lives through this gross negligence of proper safety,” he told Arab News. “The living conditions are also very bad, the salary is too low and also exploitative. A few years back the plight of Nepali migrant workers in Qatar was very bad but, after the matter was raised and debate took place around that, Qatari companies took steps to respect the rights of the workers, but they are still not sufficient.” Barun Ghimire, human right activist and the lawyer says that there are no working conditions in Qatar to safeguard the workers: “There have been reports that many Nepali workers have died either in the construction of stadiums or something related to stadiums in Qatar. We tried to establish a case against employers, but they are difficult to investigate because of the chain brokers involved in recruiting the workers”. He also added “I have also found that there is no proper documentation for Nepali workers, as a result, it’s not easy to establish the culpability of the company. It is difficult to establish the accountability of the companies involved in the preparation of the FIFA World Cup. A lack of transparency in the recruitment process allows companies to escape litigation”.

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