Qatar has deported dozens of migrant workers who recently led a protest denouncing unpaid wages. Many of them were from Bangladesh, India and Nepal and worked for Al Bandary Engineering and Electrowatt company, which hold multimillion-dollar contracts in Doha. Workers said they hadn’t been paid for at least six months’ worth of labor. British human rights advocate Mustafa Qadri recently spoke with migrant workers in South Asia who report they are still owed unpaid wages from jobs in Qatar as it prepares to host the World Cup. Many of them suffer from work-related disabilities.
Mustafa Qadri: “Speaking to victims of forced labor in Qatar, I’ve been shocked by the stories that I’ve heard. … FIFA, Qatar and its partners have failed their human rights responsibilities to respect workers’ basic rights and dignity at work, and also profiting out of an exploitative labor system.”