Football: Qatar; 159 Indians reported dead since start 2013

Guardian denounced casualties among Nepalese workers

27 September, 14:20

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    (ANSAmed) - DOHA - Foreigners who have died on the job while working in the construction of venues for the 2022 Fifa World Cup to be held in Qatar are not only from Nepal, as denounced Thursday by a Guardian report on the local exploitation of immigrant workers. In the month of August alone, 27 Indian citizens working in the emirate died, the Indian embassy in Doha said on Friday. Overall, 159 Indians died in Qatar since the beginning of the year after the 237 Indian casualties reported in 2012.

    The data was released after the Guardian's expose' of violation of Nepalese workers' rights in Qatar. Abuses included confiscated passports, being unpaid for months and being denied access to free drinking water in extreme heat and were linked to the high number of casualties among workers. Documents released by the Nepalese embassy in Doha revealed that at least 44 workers died between June 4 and August 8 this year, more than half due to a heart attack or accident on the job. Nepal's Ambassador to Doha, Maya Kumari Sharma, was ordered back home on the same day the report was published because her behaviour had not complied with diplomatic standards.(ANSAmed).

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