Amnesty Worldwide and different rights teams have referred to as on FIFA to put aside $440 million to compensate migrant employees in Qatar for ”human rights abuses” throughout preparations for the 2022 World Cup.
In a letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the teams mentioned world soccer’s governing physique must also work with the host nation to guard the rights of migrant employees sooner or later.
”To treatment the litany of abuses dedicated since 2010, when FIFA awarded internet hosting rights to Qatar with out requiring any enchancment in labour protections, the organisations referred to as on FIFA to at the very least match the $440m it arms out in prize cash on the World Cup,” Amnesty mentioned in an announcement.
The Qatar authorities has mentioned its labour system was nonetheless a piece in progress however denied accusations made in a earlier report by Amnesty that hundreds of migrant employees had been being exploited.
A 48-page report by Amnesty, Actuality Test 2021, mentioned that practices equivalent to withholding salaries and charging employees to vary jobs had been nonetheless rife.
In response to the letter, FIFA mentioned it was assessing the proposition and methods to make sure ”closure of all grievances related to FIFA World Cup initiatives, together with pre-event instances”.
FIFA added that it was working with the organising committee and had already compensated a lot of employees.
”Via the recruitment charge reimbursement scheme, for instance, each FIFA World Cup and non-FIFA World Cup employees have obtained funds of a complete $22.6 million as of December 2021, with an extra $5.7 million dedicated by contractors,” it mentioned.
The World Cup will run from Nov. 21 to Dec 18.