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25 May 2022

Author:
Michael Page, HRW

Qatar: World Cup 2022 legacy dependent on FIFA's effort to redress abuse of workers who made tournament possible, says HRW

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"FIFA Should Listen to Families of Qatar’s Migrant Workers", 24 May 2022

“His body was in no condition to be brought back [to Nepal],”...

...Mohammad’s employer in Qatar refused to provide any compensation and did not bother to check on the family after his death.  

...In the past decade, thousands of migrant workers have died in unexplained circumstances in Qatar, while many more have faced other serious abuses while literally building the FIFA 2022 World Cup. Many have not received any redress.

Now, six months before the tournament kicks off, FIFA and Qatari authorities need to... start providing remedy for the migrant workers harmed and their families. FIFA and Qatar’s World Cup legacy will depend on their response to this decade of abuse. They can start by listening to migrant workers’ stories.

...The hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who built the roads, airport, metro, and stadiums essential to FIFA and Qatar pulling off the 2022 World Cup deserve recognition, dignity, and direct financial compensation for harms endured. Otherwise, this World Cup will remain haunted by the deaths of workers and the many other abuses that have left families destitute.

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