Amnesty International report reveals abuse of migrant workers in Doha
1 April ~ Migrant workers building one of stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have suffering “systematic abuses” and in some case forced labour, according to a new report by Amnesty International. Interviews with 132 migrant construction workers at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha revealed that one labour supply company used the threat of penalties to exact work from some migrants such as withholding pay, handing workers over to the police or stopping them from leaving Qatar. This amounts to forced labour under international law.
Salil Shetty, the Amnesty International secretary general, said: “The abuse of migrant workers is a stain on the conscience of world football. For players and fans, a World Cup stadium is a place of dreams. For some of the workers who spoke to us, it can feel like a living nightmare.”