Designers from Chilean and French architecture studio Week have released concept designs for a 4.4-kilometre-tall monument that draws attention to the alleged number of 2022 FIFA World Cup-related deaths in Qatar.
The memorial tower of the world Cup Qatar would be built from concrete blocks, each block representing the death of a migrant worker since the country won the right to host the World Cup in 2010.
The memorial would be built with four blocks placed on each layer to form an octagonal tower. Week based the final height of the tower on the 6,500 migrant worker deaths that Guardian he claimed they were related to the construction of infrastructure and stadiums in a 2021 article.
This number is called into question because soccer’s governing body, FIFA, claims there have only been 37 deaths related to the building of stadiums. The final height of the memorial de Week would be 4.4 kilometers.
Although named as FIFA’s choice to host the tournament, Qatar has been widely criticized for its record of human rights and the conditions experienced by migrant workers, who earn comparatively little, have their passports taken away and have no way of obtaining citizenship.
Qatar’s strict laws against same-sex relationships have also been in the spotlight during the World Cup, with England, Wales and five other European teams involved in a clash with the FIFA on whether their captains can wear a ‘bracelet’OneLove‘ in support of rights LGBTQ+ during the tournament.
In 2016, the leaders of International Amnesty accused Qatar of using forced labor at World Cup venues, and the organization recently reported that abuses continued to occur “on a significant scale” in Qatar. (rts)