Qatar Is Still Treating World Cup Workers Like Garbage

The country is guilty of continuous human rights violations.

The country of Qatar has not made enough significant changes when it comes to migrant workers building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup, according to Amnesty International.

Amnesty's report says that the country has significantly failed to address five of the nine major issues migrant workers are facing. Two focuses were that workers are not getting paid their wages on time, as well Qatar's "kafala" system. 

The system "require[s] workers to seek their employer’s consent to change jobs or leave the country."

They broke down some of the other labor and human rights violations in a chart with these soccer euphemisms.

The safety issue has been at the forefront when it comes to the workers discussion in Qatar. Early estimates say that around 4,000 migrant workers will have died before the first ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup.

In a 2014 exposé, ESPN's "E:60" delved into the rough working and living conditions migrant workers from neighboring countries such as Nepal and India are facing in Qatar. The piece also examined the increased death toll.

Gulf Migrant Rights Researcher at Amnesty International Mustafa Qadri says that FIFA will be "key to ending labor abuse in Qatar" and that the organization's new president in 2016 must address these issues. 

“FIFA may be moving to new leadership in 2016, but it will not be able to get past its current challenges until it makes it clear that Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup is contingent on respect for human rights." 

Until soccer's main governing body and its sponsors take a stand and pressure Qatar, it appears these human and labor rights violations will continue.


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