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Amnesty seeks Delhi, Doha action on laborers’ deaths

NEW DELHI: India came under pressure Friday over the deaths of over 450 nationals in almost two years in Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup, with rights groups branding the figures as “very disturbing.”
Amnesty International called on India to release more information about the deaths amid mounting criticism over safety and working conditions of migrants in Qatar’s booming construction community.
“Instead of simply saying that such deaths are normal, the Indian government should provide clearer and more transparent information,” said Amnesty International India spokesman Nikhil Eapen.“What we need to know is who these people were — how old they were and what work they were doing — and how they died.”
On average about 20 migrants died per month, peaking at 27 in August last year. There were 237 fatalities in 2012 and another 218 in 2013 up to Dec. 5, according to the embassy.