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22 Aug 2022

Qatar 2022: Following German FA's commitment to press FIFA over compensation for construction workers' deaths, HRW calls for sustained pressure to remedy abuses; incl. DFB response

Coinciding with the 100 day countdown to the Qatar World Cup, Human Rights Watch has published an article highlighting that the German football association - DFB - and its players are increasingly vocal on human rights abuses in Qatar. At the time of writing, DFB is the only association to have published a human rights policy and has also published a position statement on Qatar.

In April 2022, DFB's president, Bernd Neuendorf, announced the association would pressure FIFA to create a compensation fund for families of workers who died on construction sites for the World Cup.

Four months later, HRW states:

With enough pressure from the DFB – FIFA’s largest national member association – and other football associations, remedy is possible...

If the DFB and other football associations are serious about human rights, they should use their platform to amplify these voices and keep pushing for remedies until FIFA and Qatar finally pay up.

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited DFB to respond to the article; DFB's response and links to relevant news can be read in full below.