Amnesty International calls for FIFA action against World Cup hosts Qatar

An Amnesty International report has asked FIFA to take action against Qatar, the hosts of the 2022 World Cup, over the country’s treatment of migrant workers, ESPN has reported.

The report claims workers have to live with poor and dangerous conditions and unsuitable accommodation, and are often unpaid and unable to leave the country. The report also suggests that workers hired to build the stadia for the World Cup in nine years fall into the category of those being mistreated.

General secretary of Amnesty International, Salil Shetty, said: “It is simply inexcusable in one of the richest countries in the world that so many migrant workers are being ruthlessly exploited, deprived of their pay and left struggling to survive.

Our findings indicate an alarming level of exploitation in the construction sector in Qatar. FIFA has a duty to send a strong public message that it will not tolerate human rights abuses on construction projects related to the World Cup.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has previously said the governing body cannot be held responsible for events in host countries after there were deaths on building sites being prepared for the World Cup.

Qatar won the right to host the tournament against competition from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States. Brazil will stage the next World Cup, with Russia following four years later, before Qatar’s turn after that.

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