Amnesty International believes that security guards in Qatar are being subjected to forced labor including the projects for the 2022 World Cup. They have published a 73-page report documenting the experiences of 34 current and former employees of security companies in Qatar. The report stated that a number of security guards have worked in dire conditions with some stating that proper shelter or drinking water was not provided.
“Employers are still exploiting their workers in plain sight, and the Qatari authorities must take urgent measures to protect workers and hold abusers accountable,” Amnesty said in a statement about the 2022 World Cup. “Many of the security guards we spoke to knew their employers were breaking the law but felt powerless to challenge them. Physically and emotionally exhausted, workers kept reporting for duty under threat of financial penalties – or worse, contract termination or deportation.”
“Despite the progress Qatar has made in recent years, our research suggests that abuses in the private security sector – which will be increasingly in demand during the World Cup – remain systematic and structural,” the statement added. “With the World Cup just months away, FIFA must focus on doing more to prevent abuses in the inherently perilous private security sector, or see the tournament further marred by abuse. More broadly, FIFA must also use its leverage to pressure Qatar to better implement its reforms and enforce its laws. Time is fast running out – if better practices are not established now, abuses will continue long after fans have gone home.”