The trial of Abdullah Ibhais and the labour abuses behind Qatar 2022

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heyOn the Sunday afternoon of 4 August 2019, there was a real sense of urgency at the Al Bidda Tower offices of the Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy in West Bay, Doha. About 5,000 migrant workers who had not received wages for months were on strike in Al Shahniya district, 40 km northeast of the capital, where several labor camps are located in dire conditions. Inside the Supreme Committee (SC), which is in charge of the World Cup to be held in Qatar in November and December next year, General Secretary Hassan Al Thawadi and Executive Director of the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Program Mahmoud Qutub were engaged in discussions. How to handle their reaction to the striking migrant workers on a WhatsApp group called CrisisComes with senior media persons.

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The communication and subsequent events – first exposed here – would confirm the suspicion of many that the primary objective of Qatar’s World Cup organizers has been to protect the country’s reputation, even if the migrant workers who built the tournament cost no money. Be it or anyone who stands up for his rights.

Just before 4 pm that day, Mahmud Qutb was the first to write that: “ISKCON workers protested. No scheduled caste worker was a part of this protest.”


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