On Sunday, August 4th, activists on social media began circulating a video showing a large number of workers, dressed in yellow and walking in protest along a wide road. The video indicates a fresh strike for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Stadium workers.
The video was filmed by one of the migrant construction workers in Qatar who spoke in Punjabi: “We are now on one of the Doha roads. These are workers and employees who have been working here since 2013 with every effort and sincerity.”
“They have not been paid for four months, and they have not taken leave. The drinking water is not suitable for human consumption,” he said. The worker ended his statement by saying, “Government representatives are trying to negotiate with [the workers].”
Recently there have been calls to prevent World Cup 2022 from being convened in Qatar. Annulment calls have heightened because foreign workers in Qatar are facing conditions of slavery. In April, three regional human rights groups accused Qatar of abusing workers’ rights. They also accused authorities of covering up the deaths of some 1,200 migrant workers as they construct the 2022 World Cup facilities.
The Arab Organisation for Human Rights in Britain and Europe; the African Organisation for Heritage and Human Rights; and the Gulf Association for Rights and Freedom made the accusations during a two-day conference for “National, Regional and International Mechanisms to Combat Impunity and Ensure Accountability” being held in Qatar.
Earlier this month, The Atlantic magazine called on FIFA to cancel the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and to replace it with another World Cup for women for moral reasons. The report said that it’s better to redirect those resources into the global women’s game than to let them go to Qatar, which has a long history of sexism and labour abuses.
Foreign workers from India, Nepal, and Bangladesh working on infrastructure development projects costing about $200 billion as part of Qatar’s preparations to host the World Cup have faced difficulty accessing basic needs such as shelter and water.