Qatar now acknowledges the death of 400 workers during the works for the World Cup

A decade later and with a multitude of complaints in the media, Taste assumes responsibility and recognizes a tiny percentage of the deaths of migrant workers during the works of the Soccer World Cup. The main person in charge of the organizing committee of the competition, Hassan Al-Thawadihas admitted that between 400 and 500 people, directly or indirectly linked to projects of the sporting event, have lost their lives over the last ten years. This figure is far from that reported by other investigations and humanitarian organizations, but it is the highest reported by any Qatari president to date.

“The exact number is not known, it is still being discussed, but the estimate is between 400 and 500,” he said. Al Thawadi in an interview with the journalist Piers Morgan for TalkTV. british newspaper Guardianin a previous investigation, fixed the total of dead workers in 6,500 since the FIFA granted to Taste the hosting of the tournament. The Qatari authorities, unsurprisingly, disagree. In addition to failing in the figure, the high office of the world neither does it recognize the Labor conditions to which they were subjected migrant people and talks about “non-work related” causes of death.

Hassan Al-Thawadi argues that, in the construction of the stadiums, “only 40 people have died.” Of all the accidents, three would respond to work reasons and the remaining 37 for reasons beyond our control, always according to the version of the organizing committee. The rest of the deaths would have their origin in the construction of hotels or highways. The representative of Qatar World CupIn the same interview, he acknowledges the “lack of improvements” in the field of work and says that the country “is making progress” in this regard.

The lack of reforms

The organizing committee of the Qatar World Cupaccording to the words of Hassan Al-Thawadi, considers that “health and safety standards are improving”. In the interview, the senior official stressed that “the improvements are not due to the worldbut because we knew we had to, because of our own values”. In this way, he takes center stage from FIFA and the advances that, supposedly, both parties had agreed on the occasion of the sporting event.

The truth is that the changes have hardly had an impact, not only in the labor field, but also in terms of tolerance and respect for human rights it means. The reform of the system of kafala, that justifies the exploitation of migrant workers, remains of doubtful scope. In fact, the authorities of the emirate do not even contemplate this norm as one of the possible causes of death of the deceased workers. On the other hand, the rights of the LGBTI collective and women in Qatar have not seen any kind of progress either.

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