World trade unions oppose Qatar as selection for the 2012 UN Climate Conference COP18
“”Qatar has an appalling record of ignoring workers’ rights, especially migrants, and the decision to hold next year’s climate summit there sends a wrong message and risks delaying vital action. Either Qatar must move urgently to implement labour laws in line with international standards, or another host country should be found for the meeting,” said Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation at the climate summit in Durban, where 192 countries have gathered. Trade unions in Nepal are also members of ITUC.
Qatar has been frequently reported for violation of workers’ rights. More than 800 Nepali migrant workers lost their lives last year while working in Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and 192 were reported dead in Qatar alone.”
It looks like Qatar’s carbon footprint isn’t the only reason some have taken issue with the decision to hold the next UN Climate Change Summit in Doha.