World news – GB – FIFA urged pressure on FIFA about migrant workers’ rights in Qatar

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A new Amnesty International report, Reality Check 2020 claims that there are still important issues with labor law reform enforcement

Amnesty International urges the Football Association to put pressure on FIFA to ensure migrant workers’ rights in Qatar are properly protected.

The Gulf state will host the World Cup, the main FIFA competition, within two years, with the first match starting on November 21, 2022..

A new Amnesty International report, Reality Check 2020, indicates that while Qatar has introduced major reforms to labor laws, there are still important problems with implementing these changes and holding rogue employers accountable..

UK FIFA Director Kate Allen has written to Mark Bullingham, FIFA chief executive, urging the national governing body to play an “active role” in ensuring that FIFA fulfills its responsibility to respect human rights and effectively address associated human rights violations. To the championship « .

The Amnesty report states that earlier this year FIFA reported that a subcontractor working in a World Cup stadium had failed to pay wages or allowances for about 100 migrant workers for a period of up to seven months in some cases, or to renew their residency in some cases. Cases allow.

FIFA told Amnesty International that it was not aware of this specific situation until Amnesty International informed the organizers, the Supreme Committee for Handover and Legacy, and that it was not routinely notified of all cases requiring treatment..

« The fact that FIFA has not been aware of the plight of workers at a World Cup site for a long time shows that it still fails to take human rights violations associated with the World Cup seriously, » the report says.

The report says that the exploitation occurred in full view of the Supreme Committee, but adds that when Amnesty raised this particular issue with the Supreme Committee and FIFA, employees began to receive some of what they had to say..

The Supreme Committee also informed Amnesty that it will continue to follow up with the country’s Ministry of Labor until the problem is « satisfactorily resolved ».

Steve Cockburn, Head of Economic and Social Justice at Amnesty International said: “It is time for Qatar to send a clear signal that violations of workers’ rights will not be tolerated.. .

“Qatar needs to do more to ensure that legislation has a tangible impact on people’s lives.

“Positive reforms have often been undermined by poor implementation and an unwillingness to hold abusive employers accountable.

“Inspection systems are insufficient to detect violations, and it remains difficult for workers to file complaints without risking their income and legal status.

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