Expanding 2022 World Cup to other Gulf countries carries human & labour rights risks, warn rights groups

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13 March 2019

FIFA response re: human rights risks of 2022 World Cup expansion

Author: FIFA

FIFA's stance and commitment to Human Rights are unequivocal and integrated in the hosting requirements of all our future tournaments in accordance with our Human Rights Policy. As the feasibility study that will be presented to the FIFA Council on Friday confirms, this would not be different in the case of a potential co-host already in 2022.

12 March 2019

As FIFA eyes World Cup expansion, rights groups say workers at risk

Author: Eric Knecht, Reuters

FIFA’s drive to expand World Cup 2022 and stage it beyond Qatar risks including host countries that do not meet the soccer governing body’s own standards on rights and labour, campaign groups said on Tuesday...“There are clear human rights risks associated with adding new hosts for the 2022 World Cup,” said Stephen Cockburn, Deputy Director of Global Issues at Amnesty International. “Not least the potential widespread exploitation of migrant workers providing construction and other services for the World Cup that could cast a major shadow over the world’s biggest sporting event,” he said.

A FIFA spokesperson said its commitment to human rights are “unequivocal” and written into the hosting requirements of all future tournaments. The FIFA spokesperson said the feasibility study being presented on Friday confirmed that these standards would apply to any co-hosting country.

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12 March 2019

FIFA must put human rights at heart of World Cup expansion talks

Author: Amnesty International

Amnesty International and a coalition of NGOs, trade unions, fans and players groups have called on FIFA President Gianni Infantino to confirm that any country considered as a potential co-host of the 2022 World Cup must comply with the organization’s new human rights standards. On Thursday FIFA members will meet to discuss a proposal to expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48 teams, with suggestions that additional matches could be played in other Gulf countries such as Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia or UAE...The NGOs are calling on FIFA to confirm that any country putting itself forward will be assessed for human rights risks, and be expected to provide credible plans to prevent labour rights abuse, discrimination and restrictions on freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly in connection to the tournament.

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12 March 2019

Open letter to FIFA on human rights and the potential expansion of the 2022 World Cup

Author: Amnesty International, Football Supporters Europe(FSE), Gulf Centre for Human Rights(GCHR), Human Rights Watch, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Transparency International, UNI Global Union, World Players Association

This is an open letter to FIFA from a global group of non-governmental organisations, trade unions, players’ unions and fans groups working to defend and promote human rights and transparency in sport, in relation to the forthcoming FIFA Council Meeting on 14-15 March where proposals to expand the 2022 World Cup will be discussed.

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