Nepal's labour minister has spoken out about the treatment of Nepalese migrant workers in Qatar.
The workers have been denied travel home to attend funerals and visit mourning loved ones following a devastating series of earthquakes in their home country, reports the Huffington Post.
Of Nepal's 400,000 migrant workers currently working on preparations for Qatar's 2022 World Cup, no more than 500 have been granted leave, the Qatari government claimed.
Nepalese labour minister Tek Bahadur Gurung said that while other Nepalese workers in Qatar have been allowed to leave, those working on the World Cup were denied, citing 'pressure to complete projects on time.'
He has since requested that all companies in Qatar allow workers special leave to attend funerals in their home country.
He said: 'They have lost relatives and their homes and are enduring very difficult conditions in Qatar. This is adding to their suffering.'
While FIFA and Qatar have come under fire for other problems in the World Cup preparations - mostly surrounding reported abuse and exploitation of labourers - this latest move has finally elicited a response from government officials in Kathmandu.
'These are the people who are bringing the World Cup to Qatar. But we are a small, poor country and these powerful (organisations) are not interested in listening to us,' said Gurung.