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  • » 09/27/2013, 00.00

    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.

    Kathmandu ( AsiaNews) - In the face of inhuman living conditions imposed on foreign workers in Qatar , the authorities in Kathmandu yesterday decided to withdraw its ambassador from Doha . "We recalled our diplomatic representative following a controversy over his ability to work - said Madhay Poudel , government spokesman - he was unable to protect and promote the interests of our people in Qatar ."

    In a survey carried out by the British newspaper The Guardian, the country is described as the worst place in which a Nepalese can emigrate to find work. Between 4 June and 8 August this year , at least 44 foreign workers have died from heart problems or accidents in the workplace and the trend is clearly worsening since FIFA has decided to award the 2022 edition of the World Cup to  Doha. They are 4 thousand immigrants who have already lost their lives in the building yards of Doha , 2022. " We are using all our diplomatic channels - added Poudel - if the situation gets worse we will take measures after talking with the Qatari authorities ."

    The country has well-established system of kafala (or sponsor) , under which a migrant workers are deprived of their passport and submissive to their employer. They are subject to minimum wages, inhuman hours and working patterns. Without the permission of their ' sponsors ' they can not resign , leave the country or file a complaint in case of abuse , under penalty of arrest or deportation. These are just some of the most dramatic aspects of a form of modern slavery which now traps more than a million people. The 75 billion dollars of investment planned for the World Cup in 2022 - already agreed on with  major Western and Brazilian companies - have only encouraged this trend ..

    FIFA , which will meet in Zurich on October 3 , nonetheless is trying to reassure international public opinion expressing its will to fight this trend : "The health , safety and dignity of every employee who contributes to the creation of the infrastructure for the next world cup is a priority of our committee - it said in a statement that appeared on the BBC on behalf of the organizers - we want to ensure that the event will be an example of sustainable development and will help to improve the working conditions of migrants in the country. "

     

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    31/08/2013 QATAR
    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 .

    13/11/2014 QATAR - FIFA
    World Cup 2022, Qatar will be cleared of corruption charges
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    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.

    20/08/2012 NEPAL - QATAR
    Ramadan "saves" 67 Nepali migrant workers in Qatar
    Without pay for four months, the workers took refuge in a mosque near Doha. In the month of fasting, Muslims engage in works of charity towards the poor and needy. Now the Nepalese workers are demanding the embassy helps them to be repatriated.

    20/02/2014 QATAR - INDIA
    In two years, some 500 Indian workers died on 2022 World Cup construction sites
    For Qatar, the death toll is "normal" given the large number of workers from India in the country. Activists and international organizations accuse the Gulf State of continuing to violate the human rights of foreign workers.



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