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30 March 2020

FIFA lawsuit (re migrant workers, Qatar)

Snapshot: In December 2016, two trade union organizations, and a Bangladeshi worker filed a lawsuit in Switzerland against FIFA. They allege FIFA’s complicity in the alleged abuse of migrant workers in Qatar. In January 2017, the Swiss courts dismisse...

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26 February 2020

Japan: Tohoku residents worry "Recovery Olympics" will interfere with earthquake & tsunami reconstruction efforts

The Japanese government has argued that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics—coined "Recovery Olympics"—will contribute to reconstruction efforts in the Tohoku region following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which killed over 15,894 people. However, residents...

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19 February 2020

Japan: "Recovery Olympics" may hinder Tohoku reconstruction following earthquake & tsunami disaster

Author: Magdalena Osumi, The Japan Times

“‘Recovery Olympics’ moniker for 2020 Games rubs 3/11 evacuees the wrong way”, 10 March 2019...

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12 February 2020

By hosting a grand prix in Saudi Arabia, F1 has "ignored" its human rights commitment, say HRW

Author: Giles Richards, The Guardian (UK)

"F1 risks sportswashing boost with Saudi Arabia GP, says human rights group," 10 Feb 2020...

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12 February 2020

Qatar: Migrant workers on World Cup projects to be reimbursed $30m for recruitment fees

Author: Joseph Varghese, Gulf Times

"Three more stadiums to be launched this year," 10 Feb 2020 About $30mn will be reimbursed by the contractors this year to those workers who had paid recruitment fee in their home countries... “By 2020, about 83% of our workforce will have their recru...

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28 January 2020

FIFA issues joint World Cup 2022 sustainability strategy with host Qatar

On 21 January, FIFA and hosts Qatar issued a joint FIFA World Cup 2022 sustainability strategy, outlining commitments around five key pillars, including on human capital and workers' rights, inclusivity and environmental protection....

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20 January 2020

Japan: Construction of new National Stadium for Olympics leads to evictions for homeless & elderly

Author: Kyoto Shimbun

[Excerpt translation from Japanese to English provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre]...

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13 January 2020

International coalition urges Amaury Sport Organisation to adopt human rights policy ahead of Saudi-hosted Dakar Rally

Ahead of the 2020 Dakar Rally, hosted in Saudi Arabia 5-17 January, a coalition of 13 international human rights organisations wrote jointly to organiser Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) urging them to speak out about human rights abuses in the host...

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17 December 2019

Qatar: ILO acknowledges reforms but emphasises "many more milestones" to go in protection of migrant rights

Author: Patrick Wintour, The Guardian (UK)

The Qatari official in charge of organising the [2022 Qatar World Cup] has claimed that criticism of his country’s treatment of migrant workers will have a ripple effect that will improve regional labour standards......

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17 December 2019

Qatar: Liverpool FC expresses concern over migrant worker deaths ahead of Club World Cup; FIFA responded

Liverpool Football Club have set out their position regarding well-documented abuses of migrant workers' rights and deaths in Qatar. The statement from Liverpool CEO Peter Moore comes as the team prepare to play in Fifa's Club World Cup, hosted by the...

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