Amnesty International has failed to explain up to 70% of migrant worker deaths in the past 10 years. Workers’ rights

Qatar, which hosts the World Cup, has failed to investigate the deaths of thousands of migrant workers in the past decade, according to a new report by AI.

The human rights organization said that The majority of migrant worker deaths in Qatar attributable to “natural causes” or heart or respiratory failure; The classifications “meaningless” without explaining the underlying cause of death, according to an expert.

As a result, up to 70% of deaths may be unexplained. “In a well-resourced health system, it should be possible to determine the exact cause of death in all but 1%,” the report said.

These findings come as Qatar and FIFA face mounting pressure from football players and national football associations to protect workers’ rights just over a year ago to the end of the year. world Cup Started.

The Qatar World Cup Organizing Committee reported 38 worker deaths on World Cup construction projects, 35 of which were classified as “non-work related”. However, Amnesty International believes that nearly half of these deaths were not properly investigated or interpreted.

The rights group says exposure to extreme heat and humidity is likely to be a significant factor and urges Qatari authorities to put in place better protections for workers.

“When relatively young and healthy people die suddenly after working long hours in sweltering temperatures, it raises serious questions about the safety of working conditions in Qatar,” said Steve Cockburn, Head of Economic and Social Justice at Amnesty International.

“In failing to investigate the underlying causes of migrant worker deaths, the Qatari authorities are ignoring warning signs that, if addressed, could save lives. This is a violation of the right to life.”

Qatar’s treatment of its two million migrant workforce has come under scrutiny since it won the right to host the competition in 2010. February The Guardian revealed More than 6,500 migrant workers from South Asia have died in Qatar over the past decade.

Qatari authorities have claimed that the migrant mortality rate falls within the expected range given the size of the workforce, but epidemiologists cited in the Amnesty International report question “the authorities’ ability to make this claim … due to the low quality of the available data”.

They also said that migrant workers – who undergo health checks before leaving for Qatar – are generally young, healthy and “in the prime of life”.

In May , The Qatari authorities have taken a number of steps It aims to protect workers from the heat, including extending a ban on working hours in the summer, when workers cannot work outdoors during the hottest part of the day, by a month. Amnesty welcomed the measures but said they did not go far enough.

The report described the heavy losses incurred by the families of the dying workers. Amnesty International said that under Qatar’s law, compensation must be paid in cases where deaths were “on the job,” but failure to properly investigate deaths means work-related causes may not be established, allowing employers to avoid compensation.

I have not received any compensation from Qatar. The head of the camp said the company had no compensation rules for those who died of heart attacks and those who were not on duty Bibana, wife of Tel Bahadur Garti, a 34-year-old construction worker from Nepal died last year.

“It’s so hard to be alone. I feel like my life is wasted…my husband has been set on fire. I feel like I’m burning in oil.”

In response to the report, the Qatari government highlighted its track record of labor reforms, including a new minimum wage and the removal of barriers to changing jobs.

It claimed that it had made significant progress in addressing the effects of heat stress and said the injury and death data were in line with international best practices, setting new standards for the region.

A government spokesperson said: “Qatar remains steadfast in its commitment to labor reform and will not be derailed by any organization seeking to discredit the progress we have made.”

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