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8 Dez 2016

The Guardian

Netherlands Trade Union Confederation sues Fifa over alleged complicity in the mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar

A legal action against Fifa over its alleged complicity in the mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup has been filed with a Swiss court. The Netherlands Trade Union Confederation confirmed on Thursday that Fifa has been “summoned to appear in the commercial court in Zürich” in a case it has brought against the world governing body on behalf of the Bangladeshi migrant worker, Nadim Sharaful Alam. The Confederation also confirmed that the Bangladesh Free Trade Union Congress (BFTUC) and the Bangladesh Building and Wood Workers Federation (BBWWF) are also supporting the action. “The Swiss court is asked to rule that Fifa acted wrongfully by selecting Qatar for the World Cup 2022 without demanding the assurance that Qatar observes fundamental human and labour rights of migrant construction workers, including the abolition of the Kafala system,” read a statement from the Netherlands Trade Union Confederation (FNV)...Four months earlier, Federico Addiechi, Fifa’s head of sustainability, also released a statement in response to a critical report from Amnesty International in which he insisted the governing body “is fully committed to do its utmost to ensure that human rights are respected on all Fifa World Cup sites and operations and services directly related to the Fifa World Cup”...

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Swiss court rejects claim filed by Netherlands Trade Union Confederation against Fifa over alleged failure to protect migrant workers in Qatar

FIFA lawsuit (re migrant workers, Qatar)