星期二, 3月 03, 2015

Retweet: Free a hundred thousand slaves by Emma Ruby-Sachs of Avaaz




Thousands in Qatar are forced to work under horrific conditions, barred from escaping home without permission from abusive bosses. An American company has the power to free them and we can make their CEO act by bringing the slave horror right to her hometown:


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Forced to work under the desert’s scorching sun, denied food, drinking water, and barred from escaping home, thousands of men in Qatar are modern day slaves. And we can help free them.

One person dies every other day building a billion dollar mega-project for Qatar's 2022 World Cup. And a major part of the project is being managed by an American company with a CEO who lives in a quiet part of Colorado. If more than 500,000 of us stand together for freedom, Avaaz staff will make sure she is confronted with this horror every time she leaves her house, goes to work, goes skiing and more.

This same tactic forced Hilton Hotels to protect women against sex trafficking in days -- join the urgent call to help get Qatar's slaves the freedom to return home:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/bloodiest_world_cup_h/?baLEOib&v=53909

The American-based CH2M Hill Corporation banks on Qatar’s "guest worker" program, which lures people from Nepal and Sri Lanka with promises of good jobs and then confiscates their passports and forces them to work long hours in 50 degree heat with no chance of escape. They are relying on these slave-like conditions to build their mega-football stadiums and a whole new $45 billion city in the desert for the 2022 World Cup.

Those at CH2M Hill say that the local contractors and government laws are to blame for the deaths, but these companies could require their contractors to give migrants back their passports tomorrow. Instead they are taking advantage of the cheap labor profits and turning a blind eye to abuses that violate international law. Laying responsibility at the door of the companies who manage the work sites, could give hundreds of thousands the right to escape home and pave the path for a change in laws across the country.

Our call now can change CH2M Hill and be used to lobby all companies working in Qatar to end the modern-day slavery, giving every single worker their passports and permission go home. Click below to join the call and when we reach 500,000 Avaaz staff will deliver our message directly to CH2M Hill CEO Jacqueline Hinman again, and again and again:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/bloodiest_world_cup_h/?baLEOib&v=53909

One big global outcry at the right time can save thousands of lives. When Hilton Hotels wasn't doing enough to protect women and girls from sex trafficking at their hotels, Avaaz staff brought our call to the CEO's front door and the policy was changed in days. Let's do it again

Sources:

Death toll among Qatar’s 2022 World Cup workers revealed (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/23/qatar-nepal-workers-world-cup-2022-death-toll-doha

At a Qatar Project Overseen by Americans, Workers Die Almost Daily (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2013-09-26/at-a-qatar-project-overseen-by-americans-workers-die-almost-daily

Qatar accused of dragging its feet over treatment of migrant workers
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/12/qatar-accused-dragging-feet-migrant-workers-world-cup-amnesty

Qatar risks losing World Cup without job reform (Reuters)
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/qatar-risks-losing-world-cup-without-job-reform-124324042--sow.html

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