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Casualties During Construction of Qatar Stadiums

List of Bangladeshi victims sought

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 31 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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List of Bangladeshi victims sought

The High Court has required a list of Bangladeshi migrant workers killed or injured during the construction of hotels and stadiums meant for FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

A division bench comprising Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Ahmed Sohel passed the order on Monday following a writ petition. On December 13 last year, Supreme Court lawyer Masood R Sobhan had filed the petition at the HC quoting media reports on deaths of 6,500 people from South Asia including 450 Bangladeshi migrant workers from 2010 to 2022.

He referred to reports of the BBC and CNN to substantiate his claim over deaths and injuries of migrant workers in Qatar during the period in question.

 The HC also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why the FIFA World Cup Bangladeshi victims shall not be compensated adequately.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment in Bangladesh will have to submit list of the victims.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment, Embassy of Bangladesh in Doha, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN Office in Geneva, Bangladesh office of ILO, FIFA, Ministry of Interior (MOI) in Qatar, and Ministry of Labour in Qatar will have to reply to the rule within four weeks.