Qatar says reports of labour abuse of Nepali migrants 'differ from reality'
Not even a week after a report published in Britain's Guardian revealed that 44 Nepali migrant workers died this summer alone in 2022 World Cup host country Qatar while working under appalling condition and suffering horrible labour abuse, officials of Qatar as well as a Qatari lawyer representing Nepali migrant workers in the Gulf state have rejected the investigative report as "false". They added that the migrant worker were "safe and fully respected".
"We deny all that is mentioned in these false reports, and ask the bodies that publish them not to use Nepali workers as a means to achieve their inappropriate targets and agendas," Reuters news agency quoted Mohammad Ramadan, employed by the Nepal government as a legal advisor for Nepali nationals, as saying at the "joint news conference".
"We also stress that all Nepali workers are safe and fully respected," said Ramadan.
However, Nepal's foreign ministry officials couldn't immediately be reached to comment on what Ramadan had said.
There are currently 340,679 Nepalis in Qatar, Reuters reported citing figures distributed at the news conference, attributed to the Nepali Embassy in Doha, and most of them work in construction sites as the Gulf state engages in massive infrastructure projects to host the 2022 soccer World Cup.
Ramadan said 276 Nepalis died in Qatar last year, of which 20 percent were on work sites. He also attributed this figure to the Nepali Embassy. The rest died of natural causes and in accidents not at the workplace, he said.
Ali al-Marri, the chairman of Qatar's National Human Rights Committee, an official state body, was quoted by Reuters as telling the news conference: "The numbers published by the media differ greatly from the actual numbers." nepalnews.com