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Petition:Slavery of Nepalese Workers in Qatar; Real Price of the Worlds Cup Stadium

Society & Culture  (tags: Qatar, Nepal, ArabEmirates, slavery, forcedlabor, modernslavery, worldscup, soccer, soccerstadium, football, exploitation, labor, workers, foreignworkers, trafficking, humantrafficking )

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ignoring the hardships, blood & sweat of thousands of migrant workers, who will be building the World Cup stadiums in shifts that can last 8 times the length of a football match. One of the richest countries, exploiting workers from one of the poorest.

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Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 12:13 am
Petitioning His Excellency Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi

Government of Qatar: Provide all exit documents to Nepalese workers trapped in Qatar (who want to return to Nepal) and provide humane conditions for the current Nepalese migrant workers

Petition by
Saurav Bhandari
Atlanta, GA


Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 12:15 am
This summer, Nepalese workers died at a rate of almost one a day in Qatar, many of them young men who had sudden heart attacks. The investigation found evidence to suggest that thousands of Nepalese, who make up the single largest group of labourers in Qatar, face exploitation and abuses that amount to modern-day slavery, as defined by the International Labour Organisation, during a building binge paving the way for 2022.

According to documents obtained from the Nepalese embassy in Doha, at least 44 workers died between 4 June and 8 August. More than half died of heart attacks, heart failure or workplace accidents.

The investigation also reveals:

Evidence of forced labour on a huge World Cup infrastructure project.

Some Nepalese men have alleged that they have not been paid for months and have had their salaries retained to stop them running away.

Some workers on other sites say employers routinely confiscate passports and refuse to issue ID cards, in effect reducing them to the status of illegal aliens.

Some labourers say they have been denied access to free drinking water in the desert heat.

About 30 Nepalese sought refuge at their embassy in Doha to escape the brutal conditions of their employment.

The allegations suggest a chain of exploitation leading from poor Nepalese villages to Qatari leaders. The overall picture is of one of the richest nations exploiting one of the poorest to get ready for the world's most popular sporting tournament.

"We'd like to leave, but the company won't let us," said one Nepalese migrant employed at Lusail City development, a $45bn (28bn) city being built from scratch which will include the 90,000-seater stadium that will host the World Cup final. "I'm angry about how this company is treating us, but we're helpless. I regret coming here, but what to do? We were compelled to come just to make a living, but we've had no luck."

The Guardian's investigation also found men throughout the wider Qatari construction industry sleeping 12 to a room in places and getting sick through repulsive conditions in filthy hostels. Some say they have been forced to work without pay and left begging for food.

"We were working on an empty stomach for 24 hours; 12 hours' work and then no food all night," said Ram Kumar Mahara, 27. "When I complained, my manager assaulted me, kicked me out of the labour camp I lived in and refused to pay me anything. I had to beg for food from other workers."

Almost all migrant workers have huge debts from Nepal, accrued in order to pay recruitment agents for their jobs. The obligation to repay these debts, combined with the non-payment of wages, confiscation of documents and inability of workers to leave their place of work, constitute forced labour, a form of modern-day slavery estimated to affect up to 21 million people across the globe. So entrenched is this exploitation that the Nepalese ambassador to Qatar, Maya Kumari Sharma, recently described the emirate as an "open jail."

The workers' plight makes a mockery of concerns for the 2022 footballers.

"Everyone is talking about the effect of Qatar's extreme heat on a few hundred footballers," said Umesh Upadhyaya, general secretary of the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions. "But they are ignoring the hardships, blood and sweat of thousands of migrant workers, who will be building the World Cup stadiums in shifts that can last eight times the length of a football match."

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 12:16 am
Most definitely noted, signed, twittered, fb and google shared. Thank you B for posting this. We must help these people and make the government aware that the world is expecting the humane treatment for all of the workers with regards to living and working conditions.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 12:17 am
There's a LOT that's WRONG, BRUTAL AND CORRUPT about big-time Professional Sports - which are just ANOTHER Corporate money-making RACKET that enriches a FEW of the Corporate "Sponsors" - they don't care AT WHAT COST TO ANYBODY.

Animae C (514)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 12:26 am
Thank you for signing the petition
"Government of Qatar: Provide all exit documents to Nepalese workers trapped in Qatar (who want to return to Nepal) and provide humane conditions for the current Nepalese migrant workers"
with 118 supporters
49,882 NEEDED

Emma S (239)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 2:04 am
Done! Thanks, BMutiny.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 8:40 am
Absolutely signed-thx BM

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 9:22 am
Signed and noted.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 10:35 am
Do watch the horrific video.
In 2022, Qatar will host the World's Cup {Soccer}.
There is concern about the footballers {soccer players} playing in that horrific heat.
{And with Global Warming - it will be MANY DEGREES WORSE by 2022! Will Qatar even be LIVEABLE by then???!!!}
Nepalese men, young and healthy, are dying of CARDIAC ARREST every day - sounds like overwork, starvation and Heat Stroke...
The video is agonizing to watch...
After they die, their FAMILIES in Nepal, are SADDLED WITH "DEBTS" they incurred to GET these "desirable" jobs - !!! Now that they're dead, the impoverished FAMILIES have to somehow pay off the debts... no doubt will be threatened, no recourse...
Of course, Qatar businesses, constructing for the 2022 World's Cup WITH THE CHEAPEST LABOR POSSIBLE - SLAVERY - set it up this way FROM THE START - KNOWING what they were doing....

Qatar, again, is one of the WEALTHIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD - like Dubai, and other oil-rich Arab Emirate countries, their citizens DON'T HAVE TO WORK AT ALL and hire all foreign labor for everything, domestic labor, work in hotels, etc. As maybe Oil won't last forever, they are setting themselves up as Tourist Havens and Shopping Mall Meccas for the Arab world, and the rest of the world...

That is why there's a CONSTRUCTION BOOM; and why the World Cup in an entirely unlikely country with all that heat {everything for the foreign Tourists is air-conditioned, of course! But an entire huge STADIUM?}
{Do you s'pose there were shenanigans and manipulations to GET the World's Cup? Great Wealth can do ANYthing... }

Autumn S (151)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 10:59 am
Thank you for signing the petition "Government of Qatar: Provide all exit documents to Nepalese workers trapped in Qatar (who want to return to Nepal) and provide humane conditions for the current Nepalese migrant workers"

Davida P (283)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 11:28 am
Signed, Thanks for posting this petition

Pamylle G (461)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 1:00 pm
Signed in a heartbeat !

Bartlomiej T (296)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 5:23 pm

Teresa García (40)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 5:25 pm
Signed, noted and shared. The video is shocking. Que barbarie!

Frances Darcy (143)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 2:11 am

Caroline S (78)
Friday October 4, 2013, 3:29 am
Absolutely signed.This is Hell on earth for these Nepalese men and all migrant workers. }}:-((

Vicky P (476)
Friday October 4, 2013, 5:39 pm
noted, signed, shared

. (0)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 2:11 am
Here's another one:
Thank you

. (0)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 2:21 am
Another thing we could all do is e-mail 'Septic Bladder' at the FIFA website and hope it crashes! Or, as another activist has said, if everyone writes only one comment every day on the fifa and sponsors social media we can really make a difference, imagine thousands of comments reminding them and their clients of what their non action does with this world !!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 3:35 pm

This is the LINK:


One wonders if THEY didn't get paid, also! Now being JAILED AND DEPORTED for "illegal immigration"...

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 4:05 pm

Petition Letter:
Dear President Putin,

Russian authorities recently detained several hundred migrant laborers without charges on the pretext of alleged violations of migration regulations. These laborers have since been held in overcrowded cells and prevented from seeking legal counsel. In many cases the courts ordered these workers expelled from the country in great blocks with only a cursory trial, and always without access to an attorney.

Such despicable treatment of individuals who your government employed mere weeks ago is shocking, and a clear violation of both ethics and human rights. Your government should take immediate action to free those still held in custody, and to reform the policy of ethnic profiling that allowed these abuses to take place.

[Your Name Here

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 4:30 pm
Julie H., and others here:
You are ALL invited, if you like, to join the group "Bloody Olympics".
The Care2 Group Invitation feature is NOT WORKING; so I am taking THIS OPPORTUNITY to invite anyone interested.
Link is:

That should work; but if it doesn't, others have used "Search" for "Care2 groups: Bloody Olympics" and it worked. Groups have been a problem for Care2 because of large amounts of spamming, they say.

"Bloody Olympics" deals with BOTH, problems with holding the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014;
AND, with holding the World Cup Soccer in Qatar in 2022.
Group started out dealing with the Olympic Games and Gay Rights - then various inter-related problems became OBVIOUS.
I think people will like this group - it is for ACTIVISTS. {Even of the Armchair Activist variety!}
There will be lots of PETITIONS and other Actions recommended.
Thank you for considering this.
Thank you, again, Julie H.
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