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I am so disappointed in the way people are treated in Qatar
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Geronimo



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A delegation from the International Trade Union Confederation
paid a 4 day visit to Qatar earlier this month.

The "Guardian" reported on this delegation's visit as follows...

'But after a four-day visit to the country by an ITUC delegation, the organisation's general secretary, Sharan Burrow, said they had found "no improvement in living and working conditions" of migrant workers.

"This is an easy choice for the Qatari government. The perplexing question is, why won't they take it? Professional and poor workers alike tell the same stories; they came to Qatar with optimism and goodwill, only to face despair when their employer decides they are disposable and refuses to pay wages, sacks them without benefits, and/or refuses to sign their exit permit."

Burrow said that during the visit the 11-member delegation held worker hearings and were shocked by "tales of terror", stories increasing numbers of women and children in detention centres, and rising discontent and unrest in workers in "squalid labour camps".

"What we've seen this week can be summarised as how not to design a system for the global workforce on any basis: human and labour rights; goodwill and international reputation or; productivity based on loyalty and efficiency," said Burrow. "International companies should be on notice about the reputational risk of doing business in Qatar without respect for workers' rights."


And even the FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, appears to be taking a tougher stance nowadays...

"Football's governing body, Fifa, has said: "Fair working conditions with a lasting effect must be introduced quickly in Qatar", and president Sepp Blatter admitted that widespread abuse of migrant workers was "unacceptable" following a meeting with international union leaders in Zurich.

The Qatari authorities have insisted they are being proactive and say the World Cup can be a catalyst for change.

Burrow said: "Fifa have called for the improvement of core international labour organisation standards and an end to the kafala system. They will report back in March 2014. We can only hope the Qatar government will make the right choice."

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/01/qatar-migrant-workers-trade-union

The European Parliament has discussed the issue and Amnesty International is now appealing to Qatari authorities to
addrss the plight of workers going hungry after their employer,
Lee Trading and Contracting (LTC) company, has failed to pay them...
http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/unpaid-workers-qatar-running-low-food-003319139.html

Who will be along next? Joanna Lumley, perhaps?

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/21/gurkha-veteran-ends-hunger-strike-inquiry-announced

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/24/qatar-2022-world-cup-185-nepalese-workers-died-2013

Can you imagine the outrage if 185 westerners died in Qatar?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another footballer has at last managed to win his case for payment and an exit visa!

"Feb 12 (Reuters) - Former Morocco defender Abdeslam Ouaddou has won his case against a Qatari club after they failed to pay him for six months and then withheld his exit visa, the player said on Wednesday."

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/soccer-former-morocco-player-wins-case-against-qatari-182401323--finance.html;_ylt=A0LEV2A9mwNT5WUA8JVXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzcDRmcDR2BHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMgRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDM3NF8x

However, obviously there is still a long hard road to be travelled for expat professional footballers in Qatar...

"The trouble experienced by Abdeslam Ouaddou is not an isolated incident in Qatar," the union added in a statement.

"FIFPro is well aware of other players who find themselves, or have been in, the same unacceptable situation as Abdeslam Ouaddou."

Last year French footballer Zahir Belounis finally returned home, saying he was left stranded for 17 months in Qatar because of a financial dispute with his club.

"This practice must stop. Freedom of movement cannot be abused, not even in Qatar," said Brendan Schwab, head of FIFPro's Asia division.

"FIFPro urges the Qatari football authorities and local authorities to respect the rights of the key people who will deliver that World Cup: the workers who build the World Cup stadia and the players who play in them.
" (Reporting by Brian Homewood; editing by Tony Jimenez)

We look forward to the day when construction workers claim their outstanding payments! They have a harder time of it than the footballers, of course.

From today's "Guardian"...

"More than 500 Indian migrant workers have died in Qatar since January 2012, revealing for the first time the shocking scale of death toll among those building the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup.

Official figures confirmed by the Indian embassy in Doha reveal that 237 Indians working in Qatar died in 2012 and 241 in 2013. A further 24 Indians have died in January 2014.

These come after the Guardian revealed last month that 185 Nepalese workers had died in Qatar in 2013, taking the total from that country to at least 382 over two years..."


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/18/qatar-world-cup-india-migrant-worker-deaths

and...

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/27/nepalese-workers-world-cup-building-sites-qatar-left-paralysed

Maybe the Qataris could learn from the progressive steps taken in recent years in the U.A.E...

'On-site inspections were rare, regulations were still under development and accidents were common. Requirements for construction site safety plans were not enforced, and few workers were educated about the risks of the job.

"We have come very far since then," said Abdulaziz Zurub, who established the health and safety division at the municipality in May 2010 and is now its director.

"We started with the question of how to fill the gaps. This is a long trip, so we are slowly, systematically working." '


http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/abu-dhabi-inspectors-plug-gaps-in-construction-safety

and...

http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/snap-inspections-boost-safety-in-abu-dhabi-construction-sites


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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A recent report in the Abu Dhabi-based "TheNational" examined
the decline in numbers of fatalities in the UAE construction industry year-on-year.
The numbers have gone down by almost one third...
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/health/number-of-workers-killed-by-falls-in-abu-dhabi-reduces-by-a-third-figures-reveal

Regarding the situation in Doha, earlier this week the international law firm, DLA Piper, produced its report for the Qatari government.
Will its 62 recommendations be implemented later this year? Next year?
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/14/qatar-admits-deaths-in-migrant-workers?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

How about the Qataris themselves?
This BBC News report asks,
"Has wealth made Qatar happy?"
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27142647



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two British Human Rights workers have been missing in Qatar for 6 days now...
http://time.com/3274627/british-human-rights-workers-missing-qatar/

Let's hope that they both turn up safe and sound soon!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today's "Guardian" provides an update on the current circumstances of the two Human Rights workers...
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/07/qatar-detains-humn-rights-british-workers


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just where do these "rights activists" think they are? Even though they have British passports, they don't necessarily get treated as Brits. It's unfortunate, but that's the reality in the Gulf.

These organizations should know better and only send Norwegians.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear 2buckets,

"These organizations should know better and only send Norwegians."

Or, better yet, Martians. Very Happy

Regards,
John
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The 2011 National census lists 123 languages spoken as a mother tongue (first language) in Nepal..."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Nepal

Unfortunately, Norwegian isn't one of them, 2buckets. Sad


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The two Human Rights workers, Krishna Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundev, were released from police custody 2 weeks ago.
They were supported by staff at the British embassy.

http://dohanews.co/british-human-rights-advocates-released-police-custody-qatar/

Yay! Some good news!

Now for the bad news... Roshan Kumar Singh of Thamel, Kathmandu had to rely on the Nepalese embassy for support...

http://www.dorjegurung.com/blog/2014/09/casualty-of-qatar-17-years-of-yearning-for-home/?fb_action_ids=10152694566357095&fb_action_types=news.publishes&fb_ref=pub-standard

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