Documentation requirements for the repatriation of a migrant worker’s body vary by country, but broadly include: power of attorney or consent from the legal heir, a death certificate, a police report, a medical report, an airway bill, an embalming certificate, and a No Objection Certificate from relevant origin country embassies.
There are many questions to investigate regarding the unexplained deaths of thousands of migrant workers, and a place to start could be the data bases of countries like Qatar that employ them.
HRW says this data could be a critical starting point as FIFA looks into compensation mechanisms.
‘FIFA and Qatari authorities shouldn’t abandon families of migrant workers who died to make the World Cup possible.’ HRW said in a statement this week. ‘With records largely available, there’s no excuse to leave them behind.’