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19 May 2022

Miguel Delaney, Independent (UK)

Fifa urged to offer Qatar World Cup workers $440m compensation package after new Amnesty International report

A coalition of 10 human rights and supporters groups have signed an open letter to Fifa president Gianni Infantino to accompany a report by Amnesty International that coincides with the fact the controversial tournament starts in six months’ time.

The governing body have been urged to work with Qatar to establish a comprehensive remediation programme, while also ensuring that abuses are not repeated, both in the Gulf state and for future tournaments.

The letter has been signed by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, FairSquare, The Army of Survivors, Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), Equidem, Football Supporters Europe (FSE), Independent Supporters Council | North America (ISC) and Migrant-Rights.org.

The sum of $440m matches what Fifa will hand out in prize money for the World Cup, but the Amnesty report has estimated that is likely to be the minimum necessary to cover the range of compensation costs required to support initiatives to protect workers’ rights in future.