By Jaber Al Harami
The press conference held by the Nepalese embassy officials and attended by the Chairman of Qatar Human Right Committee on September 30, to explain several factors about the allegations of ill-treatment of Nepalese workers in Qatar, was a blow to London’s Guardian newspaper which fabricated the report to attack Qatar.
It is a direct response from the concerned people to Arab and Western media, which often try to insult Qatar by publishing false reports.
The report was not a casual effort, but prepared during six months by the Guardian team, and this has happened since the selection of Qatar to host the World Cup 2022, whereas, the UK failed to win 2018 World Cup, which was won by Moscow.
This hatred of Qatar, a country which in their eyes is small in terms of population and area, is predictable while a great nation like the UK lost such competition!
It is surprising that the British media is pouring their anger on Qatar, and not Russia, which made them lose the bid of 2018.
Many time we see these ‘impartial’ media raising issues related to the World Cup of 2022, while they do not have the courage to talk against Russia or its internal affairs. And, none of the British media asked for withdrawal of the tournament from Brazil, which is going to host World Cup in 2014, after demonstrations broke out.
Most probably, the aim of British media by raising issues related to the World Cup and trying to insult Qatar by publishing false information is to get a share of the mega projects of 2022, and its huge budget, besides many infrastructure and development projects being implemented now.
According to a World Bank report, Qatar is realising growth of six percent, while the UK economy is suffering a recession since the financial crisis of 2008 that affected American and all European countries, while Qatar remained immune and maintained its growth rates.
The concern about human rights by the British and Western media in general is visible only on issues related to Arab countries, where they use these issues as a means to promote suspicious aims and a hidden agenda.
A few metres away from the Guardian headquarters, there are thousands of innocent prisoners, who have been jailed under different charges including illegal immigration, illegal residency, terrorism, or other claims, against people, whose crime is only that they do not have anyone to defend them or raise their issues in public.
None of the British media talks about the miserable situation of those prisoners, or sympathise about their bad circumstances.
They fabricate reports about workers in Qatar, and talk about exploitation, abuses, long working hours in difficult climate circumstances, and about not having access to drinking water.
This is insolence, and their problem is that they do not know about Qatar’s culture, and how people here compete to help low income workers, when in their culture they think it’s the right thing to do even if they don’t pay the price of a cup of tea of their parents. It’s very common for them.
They do not know that potable water is available for anyone in any mosque, and ministries, government entities and charity organizations are continuously competing to distribute foods and beverages in streets and at different places.
It may not be familiar to them to see people carrying food and water in their cars to distribute them to worker at workplaces.
Not only this, working hours are reduced during the summer season, and according to the decision of the Ministry of Labour, morning shifts end at 11am, and work resumes in the evening only to avoid heat.
Thanks to God that the denial of the Guardian allegations came from the Nepalese Embassy and the Nepalese community leaders.
The community is the second in Qatar after Indians, consisting of 340,000. And according to the community leaders, death at workplaces did not exceeded 55 cases.
Certainly, their death did not pass without deep investigations by the authorities concerned including the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Health, and others, and no one can dispute this fact.
There are anti-human crimes being committed on a daily basis throughout the border between the US and Mexico, and no one reports or investigates about that, while every single case in the Arab world is considered a serious issue and abuse of human rights.
Qatar is open to any serious and unbiased investigation into media reports. This is a place where workers do not pay taxes, and are provided with health and transportation and accommodation facilities, and we know how much workers pay in the UK from their wages to the state treasury.
For instance, domestic workers in Qatar do not spend any amount for their accommodation or living expenses, rather, they transfer their whole salaries to their families, and I doubt such a status exists in the UK.
Finally, what we need from you is not praise, but fairness and truth.