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19 May 2022

Author:
Human Rights Watch (HRW)

FIFA: Pay for Harm to Qatar’s Migrant Workers

...Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in Qatar have not received financial compensation or any other adequate remedy for serious labor abuses suffered while building and servicing infrastructure for the FIFA World Cup…

… These include thousands of unexplained deaths and injuries, wage theft, and exorbitant recruitment fees...

Over the last decade, human rights groups have repeatedly documented the widespread abuses workers face...which can give rise to forced labor...

When workers engaged in stadium-related projects that are held to higher global scrutiny and standards do not have adequate protections, workers outside stadium-related projects are unsurprisingly prone to greater abuses...

When FIFA, the global football governing body, awarded the 2022 tournament to Qatar, it knew or should have known that the migrant workers building the massive infrastructure would face grave risks to their human rights. Yet FIFA neither imposed labor rights conditions nor undertook effective human rights due diligence...

...FIFA still needs to provide remedy to migrant workers who suffered serious abuses or their families. This includes responsibility toward workers directly employed in World Cup projects and those who have built and serviced a wider range of projects...

“FIFA and Qatar...can still provide compensation to those seriously harmed and the families of the many who died...FIFA should immediately set aside the funds needed to provide an adequate remedy and avoid the legacy of a ‘World Cup of Shame.’”
Minky Worden, director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch

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