» 04/22/2013, 00.00
Millions of "slaves" to prepare the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
About 1.2 million workers will be needed to build stadiums and infrastructures, most of them migrant workers from poor countries in Asia and Africa. The International Trade Union Confederation complains of cases of forced labour, missed payments and abuse. It pleads with FIFA president to cancel the event.
Doha (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Qatar plans to recruit 1.2 million
migrant workers for the 2022 World Cup. However, the constant loss of life on
construction sites and the cases of slavery are likely to cast a shadow on the
organisation of the event, which has already brought in investments worth US$
Recently, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) wrote
to FIFA president Seep Blatter. In a press release, the ITUC highlighted "contradictions
with Qatari law" that fail "to give workers any real rights or protection from
ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said the visa sponsorship
system in Qatar allows the exaction of forced labour. "Under Qatari law,
employers have near total control over workers. They alone choose if a worker
can change jobs, leave the country or stay in Qatar," she said.
In 2012, the Labour Relations Department in Qatar's Labour Ministry received
6,000 worker complaints. The top concerns facing workers included exploitation,
delays in paying wages, violence and work-related safety issues and fatalities.
The country boasts economic growth rates that top 19 per cent, making
Qatar one of the richest countries in the world.
Over the past 10 years, millions of Filipinos, Nepalis, Indonesians,
Vietnamese and Africans have worked in the construction industry, building palaces,
shopping centre, ports, pipelines and infrastructures.
Out of a population of 1.9 million inhabitants, only 300,000 are
13/11/2014 QATAR - FIFA
World Cup 2022, Qatar will be cleared of corruption charges
A source reveals this to the BBC. The Middle Eastern country won the prestigious tournament in 2010 by beating Australia, the US, Korea and Japan. But the leaders of the International Federation were apparently "convinced" with bribes totaling about 4 million euro. No breakthrough in the situation of migrants, the new slaves forced to build stadiums in the desert.
World Cup 2022, football and slavery meet in Qatar
Activists to boycott the World Cup in Doha condemning the exploitation of foreign workers in place in the country. Meanwhile , FIFA decides whether to move the competition to the winter months due to the high summer temperatures. The role of migrants trapped by the kafala system ahead of World Cup in 2022 .
27/09/2013 NEPAL - QATAR
Qatar 2022, after the massacre of migrants Kathmandu recalls its ambassador
From the poorest villages of Nepal to the yards Doha 2022 host of the next World Cup; Qatar promotes a modern form of slavery. More than one million migrants ' trapped ' in the country: thousands are Nepalese.
03/12/2010 QATAR – RUSSIA
Qatar and Russia to host the 2022 and 2018 World Cups
FIFA chooses next venues for world football cups. Qatar is first Mideast nation to win the coveted prize. Costs should top some US$ 100 billion in investments and infrastructures. The “wrong decision”, says an angry Obama.
13/12/2016 10:23:00 QATAR
Qatar ends labor sponsorship system, exploitation remains
The current system, called "kafala" forced immigrants to seek permission of the employer to accept a new job or leave the country. For the authorities, a new law will ensure "the rights of workers." Criticism from human rights activists and NGOs: the exploitation framework for foreigners remains unchanged. No improvement to protections for domestic workers.
Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan
During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.
May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium
The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.
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