Slavery like Working Conditions in Qatar

by JRajotte on November 2, 2013 - 9:29pm

In the article Qatar World Cup construction 'will leave 4,000 migrant workers dead' published on

The Guardian on September 26, 2013. It is said that approximately 1.2 million workers from countries such as Nepal and India are working in horrendous condition. Some of the workers are literally being detained, with their employers taking possession of their passports. In the article the workers are described as being deprived of water, being malnourished and being placed in small unsanitary living space. It is also said that there is around 12 workers that dies per week while working. All of this extra labor is needed for the building of the 2022 FIFA world cup championship and other infrastructure for the event. It is also stated that within the years of 2010-2012 more than 700 Indian workers died while working for Qatar. It is also stated that nothing is of real value is being done to correct this situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think that this too heavy of a cost to be able to enjoy a sport; no one should be worked to death. A solution to this issue would be to boycott the FIFA world cup, by doing so this would put pressure on the authorities in Qatar and would help protect the workers. The major problem that could be encounter would be a resistance for the authorities who could try to cover up the situation or trying to prevent the media to actually come back and see if the situation has improved. Qatar has the financial means to be able to improve the working conditions of its workers, with a GDP per capita exceeding the GDP per capita of Canada.

Comments

Hey, I read your summary and I agree with you. I really think that the conditions of those workers must be changed. exploitation is a mojor issue in today's world and i think that people from developed countries are able to make change that. I think that there is other solutions than boycotting the FIFA in order to change this situation. I think people should first send a message to Quatar government, people must warn them that if they do not improve the working conditions, then there will be a boycott.
Thank you.

I’ve chosen to comment on your summary because I think it’s a very important subject that needs to be discussed. The world cup involves exactly what its name says, the world, and the fact that people are being put in these positions just to put on a sport is ridiculous. Like you said, it’s too heavy of a cost. I do agree that a boycott could help but I think the area themselves need to realize how awful this situation truly is, putting people to death for a sports competition is completely unrealistic and ridiculous. Something needs to be done, if it means other surrounding countries taking part to make this area realize what they’re doing, or a boycott, it needs to happen ASAP. The fact that they are not allowed to use their passports says a lot because it means they are not allowed to leave the country and that’s wrong. People shouldn’t be forced into work that they don’t want to do; something really needs to be done about this. It’s not right, and it needs to be stopped. I think you did a good job writing this piece, it was very interesting and informative, I did not know this was going on and this summary informed me about it.

This is a very serious human rights issue. The fact that these workers are being abused over such a large project like FIFA, I can only imagine what their standards of living are. I think it’s important to note that many people don’t even know where Qatar is. Qatar, without the news of mistreatment with the FIFA project, is known for it’s poor treatment of workers. Due to Qatar’s low population, many foreign workers are hired. But Qatar has decided it wants to stop importing labor, so foreign workers can only be allowed to work if they have a local employer. This unfortunately gives the employer the power to hold on to their passport so foreign workers are unable to leave a bad job. As FIFA is an international event, I hope that this issue will gain international attention. To watch and enjoy FIFA knowing that workers have suffered and died for a stadium is not worth it.

There is no reason for anyone in this day and age to be working like the people in Qatar. I was drawn in to your article because I could not believe that people are still working unbelievable hour without proper nourishment and pay. It is ridiculous to think that with so many options and resources in the world that no one has done anything about this issue. . It is no secret that working conditions are not up to par in some places, however it is still crazy to think that there are such terrible working conditions out there.
I agree that there are a few ways to change what is happening, but that each of these solutions come with their own set of problems. I enjoyed reading your summery because it was well written and not drawn-out. You did a nice job of summarizing your research article, great job over all!

The title of your blog drew me in because it is ridiculous that there would still be slavery like working conditions occurring today. I wanted to find out why this was happening, so I read your summary to find out more. It is so sad that people are being treated like this, especially when the country is financially capable of fixing these terrible conditions. My family and I love watching the World Cup, and it is really a shame to learn that the beautiful stadiums are coming from people who are being terribly mistreated. I agree with you that FIFA should definitely get involved to fix this awful situation. I don’t think that they should go as far as cancelling the World Cup, but I think they should take away Qatar’s privileges of hosting the event. Since there is still a lot of time before the World Cup in 2022, FIFA could find a new place that would be willing to host the event without putting people’s lives at risk. I thought you did a great job of summarizing the article, and you made some great points about changes that could happen in order to fix this horrible situation.

This article caught my eye right away because i believe this topic should be discussed and changed immediately. it's crazy to me that just for the world cup people are losing their lives and are forced to work in horrible conditions. That doesn't seem normal to me. I agree a boycott would help but still people need to look at this situation and realize how insane it is. People are losing their lives over competitions. This doesn't make any sense to me. People should't be forced to give up their passports and work in such horrid conditions like that. It is inhumane in my opinion. I had no idea that things like this were going on just to sustain the world cup, this article should be sent out to the media so it can be resolved immediately.

The title of your article drew my attention because I can’t believe there are still slave like working conditions in today’s society. After reading your summary, it is horrible that there are still countries that have terrible working conditions that are similar to slavery. No working condition should be unsanitary nor cost the life of a human being. I agree with you 100% that some sort of protest or boycott should be started against the FIFA world cup. By doing this, this type of working condition would be expose and stopped. It’s ashamed that the media or public is not addressing this issue. I’m also sure that these type of working conditions still exist in today’s society and all of these working conditions should be shown and whoever is responsible for this should be punished.

The title of your article drew my attention because I can’t believe there are still slave like working conditions in today’s society. After reading your summary, it is horrible that there are still countries that have terrible working conditions that are similar to slavery. No working condition should be unsanitary nor cost the life of a human being. I agree with you 100% that some sort of protest or boycott should be started against the FIFA world cup. By doing this, this type of working condition would be expose and stopped. It’s ashamed that the media or public is not addressing this issue. I’m also sure that these type of working conditions still exist in today’s society and all of these working conditions should be shown and whoever is responsible for this should be punished.

This article is very interesting and quite sad as well. I definitely agree that no one should ever be worked to death, the astounding numbers that nearly 12 workers die per week while working on this project is unbelievably horrible. Also the part about how if you love a game or a sport so much the work you put into making it more of a success should be rewarding and important not fatal. The solution of boycotting the FIFA World Cup sounds like an interesting idea and may get a point across but I also feel like it may take rise to a lot of other problems, anger of die hard fans, disappointment and more.

I don’t think that any individuals should lose their lives in the process of building the 2022 FIFA world cup championship and other infrastructure for the event. I understand that the sport is entertainment but is entertainment worth more than a life? In this case more than over 700 lives? I found this ridiculous that this is even allowed to continue. I couldn’t agree more with you, the FIFA world cup should be boycotted. If over 700 lives were lost building this as of now how many lives will be loss as of 2022? It shouldn’t be okay or allowed. Also what about the judgment of those that’s not speaking against this? I believe this story should be everywhere (maybe it is and I just don’t know). As feedback I think one way that you can answer some of the readers’ questions would be to include some of the ways the workers or dying. I would like to know this information

I am sorry that I have forgotten to add this piece of information, in the article summary. Here is what the article said about this, "with autopsies often not being conducted and routine attribution to heart failure – it believes harsh and dangerous conditions at work and cramped and squalid living quarters are to blame." . If you have more questions, I strongly suggest that you consult the article at the following link: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/sep/26/qatar-world-cu...

If you are even more interested I also suggest this article, which also gives even more details then the previous article: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/03/world/meast/qatar-workers-rights/

-Thank you for your feed back.

I agree with you, workers should not be allowed to live in such harsh conditions just for the entertainment of others. When you think about it, is the 2022 building of FIFA world cup worth the live of 700 people? It is unbearable to see that Qatar even permits this and in some way, encourages it. In order for this to have an end to it, like you said, everybody should boycott the FIFA world cup but the problem is, would absolutely everybody want to sacrifice their entertainment and for some, passion, for the rights of other? I believe that a vast majority of people would be willing to do so, though, there are some somewhat selfish people in the world today (sort of like the Qatar people who lets the workers die and suffer in such conditions) that would not be willing to put an end to their fun and entertainment.

I decided to comment on your article because the term slavery caught my attention as we are prone to think that such action doesn't exist so much anymore. I find it incredibly unfair that many citizens of countries such as Nepal and India are obligated to go trough labor work. Not only do they have to work in horryfying conditions, a lot of them are even deprived of their passeports. This, in my opinion, is violating the civil rights and taking away identity. These people have to work in horrible conditions, only for us to be entertained for a sport event! I believe that it's completly superficial and greedy on our part to let such thing happen for an event.

I decided to comment on your article because the term slavery caught my attention as we are prone to think that such action doesn't exist so much anymore. I find it incredibly unfair that many citizens of countries such as Nepal and India are obligated to go trough labor work. Not only do they have to work in horryfying conditions, a lot of them are even deprived of their passeports. This, in my opinion, is violating the civil rights and taking away identity. These people have to work in horrible conditions, only for us to be entertained for a sport event! I believe that it's completly superficial and greedy on our part to let such thing happen for an event.

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