Qatar is now under the harsh scrutiny of the entire world due to the incredible number of deaths that have been caused during the ongoing construction projects for the 2022 World Cup.
The Human Rights Watch is demanding that new laws be put in place to protect the workers from being subjected to potentially fatal conditions. Currently, there are more than 800,000 migrant workers in
Qatar and all of them are being forced to work outdoors in the severe heat.
As per the current laws in Qatar, outdoor work was prohibited between 11.30am and 3 pm within the period between June 15 and August 31. However, the Human Rights Watch has stated that these procedures are not good enough because of the climate of the region.
The Middle East director of the Human Rights Watch, Sarah Leah Whitson has stated that it is essential to ensure that correct limitation is placed on outdoor work along with undertaking regular investigations
into worker deaths. It is also vital to publish information about those deaths. This will help in protecting the lives and the health of the migrant workers in Qatar.
She also mentioned that the government of Qatar has the ability to limit working hours to the safe temperatures that are not determined by a calendar or a clock. These measures are necessary to protect the thousands
of foreign workers in the country.
As per a report in 2017 from the International Trades Union Confederation, around 1,200 foreign workers had died since 2010 when the World Cup hosting duties were given to Qatar. This is the highest recorded number of worker fatalities occurring during the preparation period compared to other recent major sporting events including the Olympics. The second highest was the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics but even then only 60 people died.
The report predicts that 4000 fatalities will take place at least by the start of the 2022 World Cup.