» 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.
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 ."
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 ."
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 ..
, 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. "
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
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.
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.
VATICAN - USA
Pope to Trump: America’s greatness is measured by its attention to the poor
Pope Francis exalts the "rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people” and the nation’s “commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide ". Concerns " for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door ". The oath Trump preceded by various prayers of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish Representatives. The slogan "America first" will guide political choices. String criticism of the establishment. China’s caution and the enthusiasm of the president of Taiwan.
CHINA - UNITED STATES
The Trump era begins: The China-US relationship and the risk of war
As the inauguration ceremony of the Trump presidency approaches, the Propaganda Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party has banned all journalists from “unauthorized criticism" of Trump’ words and deeds. According to the great dissident Wei Jingsheng there is a chance that Trump will force China into fair trade deals, possibly leading to political and legal reforms. A trade war is an option.
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