The Netherlands places Qatar commerce occasion on maintain over international employees’ deaths

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Mar 3, 2021

The Dutch authorities has put a commerce mission in Qatar on maintain because of considerations about employees’ circumstances within the Gulf state forward of the 2022 World Cup soccer match.

The Netherlands deliberate to carry a commerce mission by way of videoconference with Qatar from March 22 to April 1. However, final week, The Guardian reported {that a} staggering 6,500 employees from South Asia have died in Qatar since 2010, when the nation was awarded the match. In mild of the British information outlet’s report, the Dutch authorities determined to postpone the occasion till it hears from Qatar on the alarming dying toll, Reuters reported Tuesday.

“We have talked before with Qatar about the poor conditions for these workers, but these numbers give the discussion a new meaning. We want to hear Qatar’s response before we can think of a new date for the mission,” mentioned a Dutch Foreign Ministry spokesman, in keeping with the outlet.

Human rights teams have been criticizing Qatar for the circumstances international employees face there. Many of the considerations relate to Qatar’s preparations for the World Cup. Workers who constructed the large Al Bayt Stadium for the association soccer occasion weren’t paid a number of months following its completion final 12 months, for instance. Qatar launched labor reforms in September underneath worldwide stress.

The paper mentioned that whereas solely 37 deaths have been instantly linked to building of stadiums for the World Cup, a really giant proportion of the international employees total are within the nation consequently of the match. There have been 250 COVID-19 international employee deaths, The Guardian mentioned. Qatar has mentioned most of the deaths have been because of pure causes; the paper beforehand discovered that many international employee deaths have been attributable to Qatar’s oppressive summer season warmth.

Winning the bid to host the World Cup was a serious achievement for Qatar. It would be the first time the foremost soccer match is held within the Middle East.