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12 Aug 2022

Michael Page & Minky Worden, Human Rights Watch

Momentum Grows for FIFA to Remedy Migrant Worker Abuses in Qatar

With the 2022 World Cup 100 days away, professional footballers, football association (FA) leaders, and fan groups are joining the #PayUpFIFA campaign by human rights groups and unions to demand FIFA and Qatari authorities remedy serious migrant worker abuses, including through financial compensation, ahead of the tournament.

The global football industry, including FAs, players, sponsors, and fans, funds FIFA, and can play a critical role in pressuring the organization to live up to its human rights responsibilities...

In a recent Twitter Space hosted by Human Rights Watch, former national player Klaveness acknowledged labor reforms made by Qatar and FIFA and said, “The Norwegian FA is fully behind the idea of complementing existing remedy mechanisms … We have to be very concrete now … to get the overarching mechanism in place so that this World Cup and the sport can be for some good now.”