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Amnesty International, FairSquare & Human Rights Watch

Letter to sponsors & partners - RE: FIFA Qatar 2022 World Cup

We are writing to you in your capacity as FIFA Partners and World Cup Qatar 2022 sponsors to request your support for our call on FIFA to establish a comprehensive programme to ensure remedy for all labour rights abuses related to the preparation and delivery of the tournament. This would represent an important step towards fulfilling your corporate responsibilities under the globally endorsed United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UN Guiding Principles). Attached as an annex is the detailed request that a coalition of nongovernmental organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Building and Woodworkers International sent in a letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino on May 17, 2022.

As per the UN Guiding Principles, your commercial partnerships with FIFA’s Qatar World Cup 2022 mean that your companies are directly linked to those abuses that FIFA failed to prevent or mitigate, even if you may not have contributed to them...

In this case, you have a clear responsibility to use your powerful individual and collective influence to call on FIFA to establish a comprehensive programme to provide effective remedy for the hundreds of thousands of people who have suffered labour abuses to make the World Cup possible in Qatar.