FIFA Highlights Human Rights Concerns Ahead Of World Cup

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Global Football’s governing body FIFA said it held talks with a number of member associations and confederations to address concerns relating to workers’ welfare and human rights in host nation Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

At least 6,500 migrant workers, many working on World Cup projects, had died in Qatar since it won the right 10 years ago to stage the event.

Players from Germany, the Netherlands and Norway have since worn shirts before World Cup qualifiers voicing concern over human rights in Qatar.

Image of The German National team (Top), the National team of the Netherlands (Bottom right) and the National team of Norway (Bottom left) voicing their concerns over human rights in Qatar during World Cup qualifiers.

Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of Qatar’s organising body, assured the stakeholders during the meeting that “significant progress” has been made through a labour reform programme since the country was awarded the tournament in 2010.

The meeting also saw presentations from human rights organisations and workers unions with direct knowledge of the situation on the ground.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said it was crucial that the member associations are satisfied with the recent labour reforms that have “benefitted tens of thousands of workers across Qatar”.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino

“I very much welcome the constructive engagement with our member associations on this important topic,” Infantino said in a statement.

“We know there is still work to be done, but we need to recognise the significant progress achieved in a very short time, thanks to the commitment of the highest authorities in the country, and to ensure that any debate on this complex matter should be based on verified facts.”


Chidi Nwoke/Reuters.

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