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400 Nepalese have died since construction began Calls grow for Fifa to take decisive action as human

400 Nepalese have died since construction began Calls grow for Fifa to take decisive action as human

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None of them were bought or forced to work. They voluntered to work. Look, these workers come from poor families from the subcontinent with almost zero skills.

They are not professionals. Obviously, undertaking such heavy construction, they are more prone to accidents or what not. Obviously, there should be an investigation on whether proper saftey measures were used or not. But if they were, you can blame Qatar for their deaths. People die of accidents all the time.

Evidence of forced labour on a huge World Cup infrastructure project.

Some Nepalese men have alleged that they have not been paid for months and have had their salaries retained to stop them running away.

Some workers on other sites say employers routinely confiscate passports and refuse to issue ID cards, in effect reducing them to the status of illegal aliens.

Some labourers say they have been denied access to free drinking water in the desert heat.

About 30 Nepalese sought refuge at their embassy in Doha to escape the brutal conditions of their employment.

The allegations suggest a chain of exploitation leading from poor Nepalese villages to Qatari leaders. The overall picture is of one of the richest nations exploiting one of the poorest to get ready for the world most popular sporting tournament.

Qatar has proposed a gas pipeline from the Gulf to Turkey in a sign the emirate is considering a further expansion of exports from the world biggest gasfield after it finishes an ambitious programme to more than double its capacity to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG).

“We are eager to have a gas pipeline from Qatar to Turkey,” Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the ruler of Qatar, said last week, following talks with the Turkish president Abdullah Gul and the prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the western Turkish resort town of Bodrum. “We discussed this matter in the framework of co operation in the field of energy. In this regard, a working group will be set up that will come up with concrete results in the shortest possible time,” he said, according to Turkey Anatolia news agency.

Other reports in the Turkish press said the two states were exploring the possibility of Qatar supplying gas to the strategic Nabucco pipeline project, which would transport Central Asian and Middle Eastern gas to Europe, bypassing Russia.

It essentially some loosely tied together ideas which may or may not be applicable to a scenario which may or may not have occurred including a quote from an opposition MP who gives another statistic that may or may not be true.