Indian migrant worker dies after leaving Qatar World Cup venue

Nick Mcbride
May 20, 2017

Jadgesh Kumar, 54, was a carpenter working at Doha's Khalifa International Stadium that is part of a sporting complex for the football tournament.

The Khalifa International Stadium will be used as a venue through the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

The stadium will be inaugurated tomorrow evening - becoming the first World Cup venue to open when it hosts the Emir Cup final between local sides Al Rayyan and Al Sadd - one month after independent auditors published fresh details of ongoing exploitation of migrant workers across Qatar's World Cup projects.

"Qatar's World Cup organizers have placed special requirements on contractors that are supposed to stop this happening, but the reality is that workers on their sites still live under Qatar's repressive sponsorship system, which gives employers powerful tools to abuse them". He consequently passed away in the hospital as a result of a cardiac arrest. The human rights organization said that migrant workers continue to suffer various forms of abuse and exploitation.

The first venue for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been completed, including the installation of cooling technology that was at the heart of the Arabian country's bid for the tournament.

In a statement, the Supreme Committee claimed that Kumar's death was a result of natural causes.

The rights group on Friday (19 May) said conditions of migrants living in squalid condition and working without proper access to food and water, or shelter from the sun, still continue.

The kingdom says it is implementing labour reforms and past year hired a British consulting firm to assess working conditions on stadiums in an effort to improve transparency.

It said Qatar's recent partnering with a university to improve workers' nutrition showed a commitment to the well-being of World Cup workers. Furthermore, the Qatari law forbids autopsies and post-mortems on the bodies unless it is a suspected crime. "But we're moving now into the hottest time of the year when the risk of fatality increases", Gulf labour researcher Mustafa Qadri said on Thursday.

Last year, Amnesty International published a report exposing how workers at the Khalifa International stadium were subjected to systematic labour abuses.

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