Why teams are protesting against the Qatar 2022 World Cup ?

According to a recent media report, 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar since 2010.

During the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, footballers are staging on-field demonstrations to draw attention to Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers and its human rights record, which have been in the spotlight since the country was awarded to host the tournament in 2010.

German players staging their protest ahead of kickoff in the World Cup qualifier [Tobias Schwarz/Reuters]

 

According to a recent media report, 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar since 2010.

There have also been complaints against poor working conditions, especially during the summer when temperatures often exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), wage abuse –even on the site of a World Cup stadium –and the lack of rights afforded to migrant workers, who reportedly make up around 95 percent of Qatar’s population.

 

QATAR’S RESPONSE

Qatar announced landmark labor law reforms in August2020, including the abolition of the need for a NOC–an employer’s permission to change jobs–which rights activists believed tied workers’ presence in the country to their employers and contributed to violence and exploitation.

According to a recent GCO release, “we have enhanced workplace health and safety practices, strengthened the ability of labor inspectors… raised the penalties for businesses that break the law.”

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