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19 May 2022

Amnesty International

Predictable and Preventable: Why FIFA and Qatar should remedy abuses behind the 2022 World Cup

Amnesty International has drawn on over a decade of investigating labour abuses in Qatar, as well as reports from others. Researchers also reviewed a wide range of FIFA’s policies, strategies and documents relating to the 2022 World Cup... Amnesty International shared its findings and recommendations with FIFA, Qatar and the Supreme Committee. FIFA responded sharing the measures it has taken to protect workers’ rights, and stated it has “taken note of and are assessing the proposition”…

...FIFA granted the multi-billion-dollar tournament to Qatar without imposing any conditions or guarantees to protect migrant workers. Risks for workers were not even considered during the bidding process...

For years, FIFA adopted a hands-off approach and relied heavily on the Supreme Committee to fulfil its due diligence responsibilities on its behalf...

Critically, given FIFA’s role in contributing to widespread human rights abuses following its decision to award the World Cup to Qatar, this remediation programme should cover not only workers directly employed on World Cup projects such as stadiums, training sites and FIFA-accredited hotels, but also the hundreds of thousands of workers employed on a wider range of projects that are necessary for the preparation and delivery of the tournament.