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17 March 2019

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

In 2010 the news that Qatar had succeeded in its bid to host the 2022 World Cup was greeted with dismay by human rights NGOs and activists, concerned over the country’s poor record on labour rights and civic freedoms. Concerning reports of poor working...

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Company response
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...

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12 February 2019

Amnesty International finds Qatar falling short on labour reforms ahead of World Cup; FIFA calls for additional progress, govt. reiterates commitment

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Article
23 January 2019

Analysing companies' human rights obligations in conflict & post-conflict environments

Author: Anna Triponel, Rights as Usual

"Companies Operating in a Conflict or Post-Conflict Country: Exercise Leverage or Stand Ready for Litigation", 22 Jan. 2019...

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14 January 2019

FIFA supports campaign that led to withdrawal of Thai extradition case against refugee footballer at risk of false imprisonment in Bahrain

In November 2018, refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi was detained in Thailand during his honeymoon, after an Interpol red notice was issued for his arrest ...

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Article
26 November 2018

FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board publishes its second report

Author: FIFA

FIFA published the second report of its Human Rights Advisory Board, a group of eight independent experts from the United Nations, trade unions, civil society and FIFA sponsors who provide advice and recommendations to FIFA on how to strengthen the...

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26 November 2018

The Guardian: World Cup construction workers in Qatar struggle with low pay

Author: David Conn, The Guardian (UK)

"Qatar 2022: £40 a week to build the World Cup stadiums", 21 November 2018...

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28 September 2018

Clarification statement to stakeholders by FIFA regarding the Amnesty International publication of 25 September 2018 involving a company operating in Qatar

Author: FIFA

On 25 September 2018, Amnesty International published a press statement and short report documenting labour rights abuses of workers employed for an engineering company, which works on a construction site in Qatar. The report describes serious...

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Article
13 September 2018

Commentary : FIFA and the IOC's reporting tools can help provide an avenue for human rights complaints

Author: Daniela Heerdt, Rights as Usual

"FIFA and the IOC’s Human Rights Reporting Tools – a Flower in the Remedy Bouquet", 9 September 2018...

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Report
29 August 2018

New guidance for companies encourages action to support civic freedoms & human rights defenders & explores opportunities for engagement

Author: Bennett Freeman with Sif Thorgeirsson, Adele Barzelay & Brooks Reed

"Shared space under pressure: Business support for civic freedoms and human rights defenders," 29 August 2018 ...

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