Amnesty International Accuses Qatar of Failing to Investigate Migrant Worker Deaths

International human rights group Amnesty International has accused Qatari authorities of failing to investigate the deaths of thousands of migrant workers over the past decade.

Amnesty International documented in a 56-page report published on Thursday how Qatari authorities were “routinely issuing death certificates for migrant workers without conducting adequate investigations.”

Qatari authorities instead attributed the deaths “natural causes” or “vaguely defined cardiac failures,” Amnesty International reported.

According to Amnesty International, the death certificates prevented the worker’s bereaved families from receiving compensation even after facing financial difficulties from the loss of a worker in the family.

Amnesty International said that its analysis of the data of the deaths suggested that the migrant worker deaths were “going unexplained on a large scale.”

Of the 18 death certificates issued between 2017 and 2021 that Amnesty International reviewed, 15 provided no information about underlying causes of death, aside from the attributions of cardiac or respiratory failures.

According to Al Jazeera, Qatar’s Government Communication Office spokesperson said in a statement that they “do not support or agree” with Amnesty International’s findings, adding that the country’s “injury and mortality statistics are in line with international best practice and set new standards for the region.”

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