Qatar: End World Cup Slavery and Let Nepal's Workers Mourn

Qatar is barring Nepalese workers from returning home for the funerals of friends and family killed in the April 2015 earthquake that claimed the lives of more than 8,000 people.

This isn't the first allegation of rights violations against Qatar's World Cup efforts. To pull off the global sports spectacle that is the World Cup, Qatar has recruited 1.5 million workers from across Southeast Asia — and the conditions these workers find is nothing short of appalling, including allegations of forced labor, wage theft, and terrible living and working conditions. Squalid living conditions have killed 1,200 workers since Qatar won its bid to host the World Cup in 2010.

Now just 500 of the estimated 400,000 Nepalese workers in Qatar have been granted exit visas to mourn their country's dead, according to Qatari officials.

Take a stand against injustice. Urge Qatar to make good on promises to improve labor conditions and to immediately grant exit visas to Nepalese workers wishing to return home.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani:

We the undersigned urge Qatar to immediately make good on promises to improve labor conditions and to immediately grant exit visas to Nepalese workers wishing to return home in the wake of that country's tragic earthquake.

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