While the nation was unable to confirm an exact number, the worker deaths update out of Qatar was notably higher than anything that had been reported previously.
“The estimate is around 400, between 400 and 500. I don’t have the exact number,” Al-Thawadi, the secretary general of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, said. “That’s something that’s been discussed. … One death is a death too many, plain and simple.”
It’s the first time the nation has acknowledged the matter publicly, and the numbers are much higher than previous information provided by Doha. While no one would mistake this for full transparency, perhaps it’s a meager first step toward that.
From 2014 to 2021, the Supreme Committee included only the number of casualties (40) for workers involved in building the $200 billion stadiums. Out of the 40 noted deaths, Qatari alleges that 37 were non-work-related deaths, such as heart attacks and COVID-19.
That clearly wasn’t the case. The Guardian posted Amnesty International’s report from 2021, accusing Qatar of “routinely [issuing] death certificates for migrant workers without conducting adequate investigations, instead attributing deaths to natural causes” included vague definitions like “cardiac failures.” This made it impossible for any families involved to sue or claim compensation.
The report found that 70% of migrant deaths were classified imprecisely. Furthermore, 69% of deaths among Indian, Nepali, and Bangladeshi workers categorized as natural causes. Furthermore, The International Labour Organization (ILO) found in 2020 that 50 people suffered work-related deaths and 500 were seriously injured.
Why? The average temperatures in Qatar typically exceed 100 degrees. The tournament was moved to the fall for players and fans, but workers were put in danger’s way with long hours in the scorching heat. Sure, Qatar took some steps to fix some employment practices, but it’s safe to say it’s a tad bit late. Especially when you consider how inconsistent the official numbers have been.
“For him now to come and say there is hundreds, it’s shocking. They have no idea what’s going on,” said Mustafa Qadri, the executive director of Equidem Research, a labor consultancy that publishes the toll of construction on migrant workers.
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