End slavery of Nepalese migrant workers in Qatar!
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President, United States of America
Barack Obama
Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon
Head of Corporate Social Responbsibility, FIFA
Federico Addiechi
General Secretary, FIFA
Jerome Valcke
Secretary of State, United States of America
John Kerry
US Ambassador to the UN
Susan Rice
Chief, Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the UN, Geneva
Her Excellency Ms. Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani
ASG and head of the OHCHR New York Office
Ivan Šimonović
Ambassador, Qatar Embassy to the USA
H.E. Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi
Prime Minister, Nepal
Khil Raj Regmi
Minister, Ministry of Labour and Emplyment, Nepal
Hari Prashad Neupane
Emir, State of Qatar
His Excellency Sheikh Tamim bin Hanad Al Thani
Foreign Minister, State of Qatar
His Excellency Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah
Ambassador, Nepal Embassy to the USA
Dr. Shankar Sharma
Ambassador, Nepal Embassy to Qatar
Dr. Maya Kumari Sharma
Editor, The New York Times
Dean Baquet
Editor, The Washington Post
Martin Baron
President, FIFA
Joseph "Sepp" Blatter
Prime Minister of Australia
Tony Abbot
Minister of Foreign Affairs - Australia
Julie Isabel Bishop
Leader of the Opposition - Australia
William "Bill" Shorten
Deputy Leader of the Opposition - Australia
Tanya Joan Pilbersek

End slavery of Nepalese migrant workers in Qatar!

    1. Petition by

      Karma Tenzing Nyangmi

      New York, NY

As I read a link on The Guardian today, the investigation into the enslavement and deaths of Nepalese migrant workers in Qatar blew my mind: 44 Nepalese workers died this summer at the rate of almost one per day (between 4th June and 8th August)! So far this year, the death toll has surpassed 70+ and if unchecked, the number could rise above 4,000 by the start of FIFA's 2022 World Cup!  Yes, all this pain came in the form of building soccer stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup - An event that's supposed to bring to light sportsmanship, fair-play and harmony amongst all nations...What a farce!!

I urge the Government of Qatar, Government of Nepal and FIFA (World Cup's Governing Body):

1. To ensure humane working conditions to all migrant workers in Qatar.  Hailing from the temperate Himalayas, Nepalese migrant workers face a high probability of developing complications toward the 100+ degree Fahrenheit desert heat they work in (often for 12+ hours/day non stop).

2. To allow migrant workers to leave their jobs at will as in any other developed nation.

3. To pay migrant workers a fair and "liveable" wage.

4. To provide safe working conditions on construction sites.  The authorities seem to have little regard for safety measures where workplace accidents are rampant.

5. Not to withhold migrant workers' paychecks - These people are not slaves, so pay them "on time" for the work performed.

6. Not to confiscate passports of migrant workers to prevent them from leaving their jobs.

7. To severely fine and punish all businesses who fail to comply with the basic requirements above.

If the atrocities above still continue and more workers lose their lives, then FIFA needs to move it's venue for the 2022 World Cup to another nation that has better labor standards that comply with basic international laws.

 

I ASK YOU ALL TO HELP PROVIDE A VOICE TO THESE MIGRANT WORKERS WHO CLEARLY HAVE BEEN DUPED INTO WORKING IN INHUMANE CONDITIONS THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY FROM HOME.  WITH YOUR PETITION AND SUPPORT WE COULD SEE A CHANGE IN THIS ATROCITY.  LET'S GET EVERY GOVERNING BODY INVOLVED IN THIS (UN, Human Rights Commission, Govt. of Qatar, Govt. of Nepal and FIFA's Governing body).

 

An excerpt from The Guardian today (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/25/revealed-qatars-world-cup-slaves):

"This summer, Nepalese workers died at a rate of almost one a day in Qatar, many of them young men who had sudden heart attacks. The investigation found evidence to suggest that thousands of Nepalese, who make up the single largest group of labourers in Qatar, face exploitation and abuses that amount to modern-day slavery, as defined by the International Labour Organisation, during a building binge paving the way for 2022

According to documents obtained from the Nepalese embassy in Doha, at least 44 workers died between 4 June and 8 August. More than half died of heart attacks, heart failure or workplace accidents.

The investigation also reveals:

•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's most popular sporting tournament."

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    1. Reached 30,000 signatures
    2. Shame on the Governement of Nepal! Please email the Prime Minister ASAP!

      Karma Tenzing Nyangmi
      Petition organiser

      It has come to light that the Government of Nepal recalled the Nepalese Ambassador to Qatar, Dr. Maya Kumari Sharma back to Nepal. Under pressure from the Ambassador of Qatar to Nepal, senior Nepalese Government officials have asked for Dr. Sharma's resignation. Why?? Because she stated the obvious by saying that Qatar is an "OPEN JAIL" for migrant workers (since they have no rights whatsoever, their passports withheld, beaten by their employers and work as slaves under prolonged periods of no pay - in some cases they work for years never to receive any payment at all)!

      Shame on the Government of Nepal who cannot even stand for the truth! C'mon Nepalese politicians, you can do better than that.

      Please email Nepal's Prime Minister, Khil Raj Regmi at regmikhilraj@hotmail.com to investigate into this matter immediately and to STOP all man-power agencies from sending any more Nepalese citizens to Qatar until we get more answers from the Qatari officials and FIFA!

    3. Reached 10,000 signatures
    4. Please let me know who else we need to add to the list.

      Karma Tenzing Nyangmi
      Petition organiser

      Let's flood their inboxes so they finally decide to take action upon this issue!

      Federico Addiechi, Head of Social Responsibility, FIFA
      Jerome Valcke, General Secretary, FIFA
      Barack Obama, President, USA
      John Kerry, Secretary of State, USA
      Susan Rice, US Ambassador to UN
      Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General
      Her Excellency Ms. Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Chief, Permanent Mission of Qatar to UN, Geneva
      Ivan Šimonović, ASG and head of OHCHR New York Office
      H.E. Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi, Ambassador, Qatar Embassy, USA
      Khil Raj Regmi, Prime Minister, Nepal
      Hari Prashad Neupane, Minister, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Nepal
      H.E Sheikh Tamim bin Hanad Al Thani, Emir, Qatar
      H.E Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah, Foreign Minister, Qatar
      Dr. Shankar Sharma, Ambassador,Nepal Embassy to USA
      Dr. Maya Kumari Sharma, Ambassador, Nepal Embassy to Qatar
      Dean Baquet, Editor, NY Times
      Martin Baron, Editor, Washington Post

    5. Reached 6,000 signatures
    6. Official response by the Qatari Labor Ministry to the Guardian

      Karma Tenzing Nyangmi
      Petition organiser

      http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/sep/25/qatar-world-cup-official-response

      Every question the Guardian asked was answered by the Qatari Ministry via quoting their labor laws and the articles concerned. Obviously, these laws/articles weren't being followed and the authorities turned a blind eye toward it. And, when the Guardian asks why so many young Nepalese die of heart attacks, the Ministry says, "This question would be better suited for the relevant health authorities or the government of Nepal." Really??

      As per my research into the subject, only 14.24% of total deaths in Nepal were coronary heart disease related (http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/nepal-coronary-heart-disease). And nearly all these deaths were in the 40+ age bracket! It makes little sense that the government of Nepal or the health authorities would know the reason why. Clearly, inhumane working conditions and the heat are to blame...And it is a Qatari problem more than anything else!

      Qatar World Cup 'slaves': the official response

      Lusail Real Estate Development Company: Lusail City will not tolerate breaches of labour or health and safety law. We continually instruct our contractors and their subcontractors of our expectations and their contractual obligations to both us and individual employees. We are extremely concerned at the allegations highlighted to us.

    7. Reached 4,000 signatures

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    • Alina Rai KATHMANDU, NEPAL
      • 4 days ago

      Because Hamiksye forced me to sign this petition

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      • 6 days ago

      We all are human being, Lets do not take the advantage of FINANCIAL Y POOR HUMAN

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    • Nish Jha KATHMANDU, NEPAL
      • 8 days ago

      Becouse, No one should be treated like slave. Its against hummanity and thus should be ended and cosolation price must be given to the worker

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    • Ramesh Khadka KATHMANDU, NEPAL
      • 9 days ago

      I want to slavery from qatar

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    • krishna Aryal DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
      • 15 days ago

      To save nepalese migrant workers

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