Controversy have continued to trail the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup as Amnesty International have exposed details of how the football governing body is owing dozens of migrant’s workers working on the site.
The Qatar 2022 World Cup, which will hold between November 21, and December 18, will be hosted across 8 to 12 cities and will feature 32 nations.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International, a London-based non-governmental organization focused on human rights has said that dozens of migrant workers were left unpaid for months in the city of Lusail, which will host the final of the tournament.
According to reports, the human rights group reported that the engineering and plumbing firm, Mercury MENA “failed to pay its workers thousands of dollars in wages and work benefits, leaving them stranded and penniless” in the country.
Amnesty alleged that at least 78 employees from Nepal, India and the Philippines were not paid since February 2016 and were owed approximately $2,000 (1,700 euros) each, stating that the failure to pay the workers had “ruined lives”.
Steve Cockburn, Amnesty’s director of global issues, said “By ensuring they get the wages which they are owed, Qatar can help these migrant workers to rebuild their lives,”
The statement from Amnesty added that Mercury MENA “took advantage” of the ‘Kafala’ system in Qatar, which prevents the workers from changing jobs or leaving the country without getting permission from the bosses. It further adds that the workers had to leave the country at their own cost.
Meanwhile, the world football governing body, FIFA have denied the claims, citing them as “misleading”. The body added that the non-payments were not connected to the 2022 tournament.
“We have no reason to believe the reported violations of workers’ rights are in fact linked to FIFA and the 2022 World Cup,” a FIFA spokesperson told reporters.
“We regret Amnesty chose to frame its statement in such a misleading manner,” he added.