— Published 26 August 2021

Amnesty reports unexplained deaths

Qatar

Controversy keeps going on in Qatar. Amnesty International has called on the authorities of the Gulf state to investigate a large number of unexplained deaths of migrant workers on construction sites for the 2022 World Cup football tournament. According to a statement from the international NGO, “Qatari authorities have failed to investigate the deaths of thousands of migrant workers over the past decade, despite evidence linking premature deaths to unsafe working conditions”. Amnesty International relies on a report published on Thursday, August 26th, in which it provides evidence detailing how Qatar is said to regularly issue “death certificates for migrant workers without carrying out proper investigations, attributing the deaths to natural causes or heart failure.” The NGO claims that in 70% of cases, the cause of death is not actually determined. Amnesty International analysed 18 death certificates issued between 2017 and 2021. Fifteen of them contain very vague terms, allowing doubt to linger on the exact cause of death. The Qatari authorities say they have established rules and protocols to improve the working conditions of migrant workers on the 2022 World Cup construction sites, but they still refuse to disclose the number of deaths among this population.