Despite promises to improve working conditions, Qatar's Nepalese migrants who have been building the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup died one every two days in 2014, not including the deaths of Indian, Sri Lankan, and Bangladeshi workers.
According to The Guardian, the government started the investigation in 2014 by the international law firm, DLA Piper, and Qatar had publicly stated to change workers' conditions. However, human rights organizations have put Qatar under a microscope since any, or all, reformations have been delayed.
"We believe that the people helping us build our country deserve to be fairly paid, humanely treated and protected against exploitation," the Qatari Ministry of Labor reported last year in November. "That is why we are reforming our labor laws and practices."
However, only a few cautionary measures that were announced last May have even begun to be implemented.
This is modern-day slavery. Migrant workers are stripped of their right to leave, forced to work in excruciating, hot temperatures which has been the cause of many deaths, are beaten and tortured, and are rarely paid the low wages they were promised - sometimes go unpaid months at a time.
Workers' rights advocates, with the help of FIFA sponsors - including Coca-Cola, Adidas, SONY, Budweiser, Hyundai, McDonald's, Kia, and Visa - have issued statements speaking out against Qatar's labor conditions. The mentioned sponsors have also produced a collection of powerful "anti-logos" with the slogan attached, "proud sponsor of human rights abuses of World Cup 2022." See the full collection of anti-logos here.
It's quite shocking to see that Qatar has yet to make any serious reformation in the industry for over a year - almost as if they could avoid the consequences.
There have been allegations stating that FIFA will be taking the 2022 World Cup away from Qatar, but no settlement has yet been put into action.
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