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Parliamentary questions
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11 March 2021
E-001385/2021/rev.1
Question for written answer  E-001385/2021/rev.1
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Loucas Fourlas (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Death of migrant workers in Qatar

According to a recent Guardian report, over 6 500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since its selection by FIFA to host the 2022 Football World Cup.

It would appear that these fatalities are not only due to accidents and that many of them can be attributed to the parlous working and living conditions of labourers who are ‘crammed’ into containers and made to toil for hours in very high temperatures.

In the light of this:

1. Can the High Representative give his views concerning the report? Does he have any further details regarding the working conditions of third-country nationals employed in Qatar?

2. What is the current human rights situation in Qatar, particularly in connection with preparations for the 2022 World Cup?

3. Does he plan to take matters further and raise the issue with the Government of Qatar and FIFA?

Original language of question: EL
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