NHRC sees lobby behind campaign against Qatar

February 19, 2014 - 2:34:46 am

DOHA: Given the large number of Indians in Qatar, one cannot say the mortality rate among Indian expatriates in Qatar during the past two years is alarming, Dr Ali bin Sumaikh Al Marri, Chairman of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee, has said.

A Western media report has alleged a high death rate among Indian migrant workers in Qatar.

Al Marri said a “vested interest lobby” was behind a sustained media campaign against Qatar in the run-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, to be hosted by the country. Projects related to the event employ mostly foreign workers.

Those publicising the mortality rates must explain the circumstances behind the deaths, France 24 television channel’s website quoted Al Marri as saying.

Indians form the largest expatriate group in Qatar, their numbers almost double that of Qataris. If one looks at the mortality rates of Qataris during the last two years, one will find that the death rate of Indian expatriates is “natural”, he said.

Sources in India’s external affairs ministry told The Peninsula that of the 241 Indian deaths in Qatar in 2013, only 14 were reported from worksites. Of the 237 deaths in 2012, 13 were reported from worksites.

THE PENINSULA

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