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FIFA Press Release

Author: FIFA, Published on: 12 June 2019

FIFA has a zero tolerance policy on human rights violations associated with its activities. In line with international standards and our Human Rights Policy, FIFA is fully committed to human rights as evidenced through the implementation of our strategic human rights programme in the past years and acknowledged by different international organisations.

The accusations against Tawasol mentioned in the report are very serious and we are engaging with the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) as our trusted partner in Qatar to look into the alleged cases of labour rights abuse on sites associated with the FIFA World Cup.

It is important to note that the allegations stand in contrast with the overall findings of the multi-layered monitoring system implemented on FIFA World Cup sites, which includes, amongst other things, joint inspections with the international trade union for construction workers BWI, as well as monitoring activities by an independent external monitor. We are aware that through that system, breaches of labour standards have been identified related to Tawasol back in December 2018 and are being addressed by the SC since then. The steps taken by the SC include the demobilization of the company from an SC site, the reporting of the company to the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, and the suspension of the company from all SC sites until further notice. 

With regard to the broader labour rights reform process in the country, and as has been recognized by the ILO and international experts, rights and conditions have considerably improved in Qatar. FIFA welcomes the important progress achieved over the past years. At the same time, we share the view of human rights organisations, that additional progress is needed for the full implementation of the commitments for comprehensive labour reform by the Government of Qatar, and we know that the Qatari authorities are working intensely in collaboration with the ILO and other stakeholders to meet these objectives.