Fifa’s real crime with Qatar 2022 is ignoring the workers’ plight

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The Independent’s Chief Football Correspondent, Sam Wallace, keeps the focus on the most important of the 2022 World Cup’s issues.

The BBC Newsnight team investigating the 1.5 million migrants employed in Qatar on building World Cup 2022 infrastructure were hustled out of the squalid workers’ accommodation outside Doha by angry security men in the time-honoured fashion in December. But not before they had made some disturbing connections between the dreadful conditions workers had to live in and one big British construction company in particular… [READ MORE]

Qatar asks for patience – to perfect its PR strategy

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Qatar asks for patience while it very slow constructs its reforms

Qatar seems to be confused about what message to put out to its critics, simultaneously accusing them of a conspiracy whilst also meekly asking for more time to put an end to the abuse of migrant construction workers  – currently preparing the country to host the 2022 World Cup. However, with Qatar’s poor track record on delivering reform, only implementing real change will make us critics go away. Read more

Death toll among Qatar’s 2022 World Cup workers revealed

An exhausted migrant worker travels back to his labour camp at the end of the day in Qatar. Photograph: Pete Pattisson

From the Guardian

By Owen Gibson & Pete Pattisson

Despite Qatar’s promises to improve conditions, Nepalese migrants have died at a rate of one every two days in 2014

“If fatalities among all migrants were taken into account the toll would almost certainly be more than one a day”

Nepalese migrants building the infrastructure to host the 2022 World Cup have died at a rate of one every two days in 2014 – despite Qatar’s promises to improve their working conditions, the Guardian has learned.

The figure excludes deaths of Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi workers READ MORE


Qatar 2022: Construction firms accused amid building boom

Qatar's World Cup continues to rise from the rubble, but it can't avoid the dirt. 

BBC Newsnight carried a superb piece on conditions in Qatar and international complicity in them. The iPlayer piece is (currently) here  Below is an article with an embedded, shorter, video.

By Sue Lloyd-Roberts

The 2022 Qatar World Cup is all about money.

Claims that millions of dollars were paid in bribes to secure the world’s biggest football tournament for Qatar refuse to go away.

Qatar is spending more than £200bn ($312bn) on a building bonanza ahead of the tournament.

Everyone seems to be getting rich, except those at the bottom of the human supply chain, the migrant worker. READ MORE


Nepali man jailed after employer lets Qatar residency lapse

David Cameron, on a recent visit to Qatar University
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(above: David Cameron on a recent visit to Qatar University)

From Doha news

“In an incident that once again calls the enforcement of Qatar’s labor laws into question, a Nepali hospitality worker at a local university has been jailed by police after his employer failed to provide him with a valid ID card.

His identification had expired, and was in the possession of the man’s company…”


Striking workers in Qatar find labour laws finally working – against them

Cry foul! In the world of Qatar's twisted laws, forming your own defence will result in severe penalties.

If you ever needed proof of Qatar’s one-sided refereeing, this is it

The reason “Play by the Rules” is one of our ‘Playfair Qatar’ campaign demands is that Qatar could make life better for its 1.5m migrant workers so easily: it could apply the laws designed to protect them as rigorously as it applies the laws designed to control them. As the Gulf state crushes striking workers standing up for their rights, it’s time they cracked down on the real problems. READ MORE

Football Supporters’ Federation joins campaign

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Our friends at the FSF have now publicly joined the campaign, and hosted this blog on their site.

Qatar 2022 has sparked a building frenzy in the world’s richest country with an estimated 1,100 workers dying during construction. Stephen Russell from the TUC’s Playfair Qatar explains what fans can do to make their concerns known about that and the country’s “kafala” system… – READ MORE

FIFA’s magic wand tries to vanish the blood on Qatar’s hands

As if by magic, FIFA keep changing the subject
(c) Sybren A. Stüvel

Qatar might be feeling pretty pleased with itself today. A FIFA investigation into possible corruption, conducted by the former New York district attorney Michael García has, after he spent 18-months scrutinising the behaviour of all the bidding nations, found only minor concerns that “were not serious enough to warrant re-opening the process”.

For those of us campaigning to hold Qatar to account for the deaths of hundreds of workers, this is like proclaiming the innocence of a speeding driver involved in a fatal smash up because it turns out he obtained his driving licence legally. READ MORE

“The World Cup should a symbol of global friendship, not smeared with the blood of those who build its stadiums.”
Frances O’Grady

Prime Minister David Cameron must condemn “slavery and abuse of migrant workers’ when he meets the Emir of Qatar, says TUC leader Frances O’Grady. In an open letter to the PM she speaks of the “grave concern” about conditions for 2022 World Cup building workers. Read more.