Amnesty International is calls on FIFA to compensate migrant workers

Amnesty International is calling on FIFA to compensate the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who have suffered human rights abuses, and the families who have lost their loved ones.

Millions of migrant workers in Qatar have suffered human rights abuses ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Horrifically, many have even lost their lives. It’s time for FIFA to do the right thing and compensate migrant workers whose rights have been abused, to make this competition possible.

When FIFA awarded Qatar the World Cup in 2010, they knew that migrant workers in Qatar faced systemic human rights abuses. They also knew their work would be critical for the World Cup to take place there.

Over the past 12 years, millions of migrant workers have left their loved ones behind, travelling far from home to Qatar to provide for their families. There, they have built new stadiums, hotels, roads, and other projects related to the tournament.

Many of these workers faced horrendous abuses. They weren’t paid. They worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, without a break for months – and even years on end. And worst of all – thousands of migrant workers have died suddenly and unexpectedly.

By awarding the World Cup to Qatar without conditions to improve workers’ rights, FIFA has contributed to human rights abuses on a significant scale.

FIFA is set to make 6 billion USD from the World Cup. They can afford to put things right, and compensate the migrant workers who’ve made the World Cup possible.

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