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12 Dec 2023

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By Equidem

Saudi Arabia: FIFA 'still missing human rights goals' as tournament starts in Saudi Arabia a year after Qatar World Cup, says NGO Equidem

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"Press Release: FIFA still missing human rights goals as tournament starts in Saudi Arabia, a year after Qatar World Cup”

…The Club World Cup begins today in Saudi Arabia. FIFA’s decision to select Saudi Arabia as the venue for the tournament, and the likely prospect that the Gulf Kingdom will be hosting the 2034 Men’s World Cup raises serious doubts about FIFA’s capacity to respect its human rights responsibilities…

…Equidem’s migrant worker investigators have spoken to hundreds of workers and carried out confidential one-to-one interviews with 41 migrant workers for a report to be released next year. They describe an environment of the legal exclusion of migrant workers, discrimination, exploitation and suppression of freedom of association…

…Equidem contacted FIFA on multiple occasions in the months before and after the World Cup, providing detailed worker testimony from 144 workers on labour rights violations on FIFA stadiums and in FIFA partner hotels and security companies…

FIFA’s human rights responsibilities are not limited to Qatar and Saudi Arabia. FIFA must also carry out ongoing monitoring with regards to the human rights situations in Canada, Mexico and the United States who will host the 2026 World Cup…

[We have previously asked FIFA to respond to human rights concerns over 2030 & 2034 World Cup bids & process. Read FIFA's response here.]