Human Rights Watch recently accompanied a Nepali driver carrying out a somber task: delivering the body of a migrant worker who died in Qatar to his grieving loved ones. Despite Nepal’s arduous terrain and the frequent arrival of bodies at Kathmandu’s airport long after midnight, these drivers are present to load the coffin for the worker’s final journey home.
There are many questions to investigate regarding the unexplained deaths of thousands of migrant workers.
Human Rights Watch and other groups have called for FIFA, football’s international governing body, and Qatar to provide remedy for serious abuses against migrant workers, including unexplained deaths, while preparing the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup. FIFA has said they are “currently looking into compensation mechanisms” for migrant workers who suffered workplace injury or death.