Nepalis in New York are preparing to submit a petition against slavery of Nepali migrant workers in Qatar to New York Times editor Jill Abramson and CEO Mark Thompson on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
The petition began online after an investigative report by The Guardian recently on the working conditions of Nepali migrant workers in Qatar. The report revealed that this summer 44 Nepali workers have lost their lives in Qatar, most were working on building stadiums and infrastructure for FIFA's 2022 World Cup. It also showed that the workers weren’t being paid as promised and were forced to live in appalling conditions. So far, over 15,500 individuals have signed the petition.
“We are rallying to bring to light the plight of our brethren in Qatar who are under the yoke of slavery and dying in record numbers building stadiums and infrastructure for FIFA's 2022 World Cup,” says Karma Tenzing Nyangmi, who began the petition online.
On the same day, Nepali residents will be staging a silent protest outside the building of New York Times as well as the Qatar consulate.
“Our decision to protest outside the NY Times building shaped up since no major "print" media-house in the US covered any news on these atrocities taking place in Qatar,” Nyangmi explains. “The NY Times being the same paper that vehemently endorsed Obama's campaign on his quest for "change and hope" has clearly chosen to remain silent on this issue.”
Nyangmi informed that lobbying for the cause will also be done in London, San Francisco, Sydney and Kathmandu.