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15 Jul 2020

Pete Pattisson, The Guardian (UK)

Migrant workers in Qatar face "structural racism" says UN report

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The United Nations has raised “serious concerns of structural racial discrimination against non-nationals” in World Cup host nation Qatar...

The report reveals that low-wage workers continue to suffer severe discrimination and exploitation, almost 10 years after Fifa awarded the World Cup to Qatar...

Nick McGeehan, a director at FairSquare, said: “This report from one of the world’s leading voices on anti-racism makes Qatar a litmus test for Fifa’s anti-racism commitments and raises serious questions for its sponsors...”...

In a statement to the Guardian, Fifa failed to acknowledge the racial discrimination described by the special rapporteur and said the report recognised, “the significant improvements that Qatar has made over the past years, and commends Qatar for its openness in engaging with the UN-mandated experts”.