- The 2022 World Cup is set to be held in Qatar later this year.
- The location of the historic soccer tournament has been controversial since the moment it was announced.
- A new report has detailed the inhumane conditions Qatari World Cup workers experienced.
A new Amnesty International report, via The Independent, has detailed the alleged transgressions that occurred while the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was being built and it paints quite the damning picture.
Among the findings were instances of pay discrimination, unsanitary living conditions, brutal hours in the heat, and being fined for making mistakes while on the job. These Amnesty International findings come about a year after The Guardian reported that 6,500 migrant workers have died since the tournament was awarded to Qatar.
Amnesty International report details inhumane working conditions at the 2022 Qatar World Cup
-Pay discrimination on the basis of nationality, race and language
-Substandard and “unsanitary” living conditions with up to 10 people sharing cramped rooms
-A high majority of security guards working 12 hours a day, with no days off, for months and even years on end
-Workers being threatened with large salary deductions if they want to take rest days
-Huge fines for mistakes at work
-Forced work outside without shelter in searing heat
-Half of the security companies not paying overtime at the rate required by law
-All eight of the private security companies “failed to meet their responsibility to respect human rights under international standards and have breached various provisions of Qatar law.
With the 2022 World Cup still over half a year away, scrutiny of the tournament and the conditions under which it was set up will likely only increase.
The 2022 World Cup is scheduled to begin on November 21 and end on December 18. The United States Men’s National Team, who famously failed to qualify for the previous World Cup back in 2018, have been drawn into the same group as England and will face off against the “Three Lions” the day after Thanksgiving on Black Friday.