Human Rights Watch reported today that migrant workers and their families are seeking compensation from FIFA and Qatari authorities for abuses they suffered while preparing for the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup, including unexplained deaths. In advance of the tournament, which begins on November 20, 2022, Human Rights Watch released a five-minute video in which Nepalese football fans and workers speak out.
In contrast to previous tournaments, the 2022 World Cup in Nepal and its origin countries, where football is highly regarded, is not just about watching the game. The realities of the Nepalis in the video, as well as those from other nations who sent workers during the 12-year World Cup preparations, are intertwined with the sacrifices they made. They include parents who were unable to see their children for years in order to earn money for their children’s education, workers who were forced to work hard for long periods of time in the scorching heat of Qatar, and the families of workers whose deaths were not explained. “Migrant workers are the backbone not just for Nepal’s economy via remittances, but also the backbone for Qatar’s economy,” stated Kshitiz Sigdel, an avid football fan who founded a fan club in Kathmandu.
“Traveler laborers were imperative to making the World Cup 2022 potential, however it has come at incredible expense for the vast majority transient specialists and their families who made individual penances, yet additionally confronted broad pay burglary, wounds, and huge number of unexplained passings,” said Rothna Begum, senior analyst at Common liberties Watch. ” Many migrant workers, their families, and communities can’t fully celebrate what they’ve built, so they’re pleading with FIFA and Qatar to end worker abuses that have left families and communities broke and without a roof over their heads.
Among the people who talk in the video is Hari, whose name was changed at his solicitation for obscurity, a development specialist in Qatar for a considerable length of time who worked in a few building locales including the Al Janoub arena. He claims that when he first arrived in Qatar, the Lusail area of Doha was deserted, but that it is now overrun by towers. He continues, “We built those towers,” adding that he frequently had to “pour water (sweat) out of his shoes” while working in Qatar’s extreme heat.