Some international bodies have again sharply criticized Qatar and FIFA for their apparent human rights violations and exploitation of migrant workers ahead of and during the 2022 World Cup.
Sunday’s World Cup final coincides with International Migrants Day and Qatar National Day.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Friday praised volunteers and organizers for putting on “the best World Cup ever”, but activists and critics said Infantino’s comments ignored The sacrifices of migrant workers who should be compensated for wage arrears, injuries and deaths.
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Equidem, Migrant Defenders and other groups have called on Qatar and FIFA to do more for the 2022 World Cup staff.
Steve Cockburn, head of economic and social affairs at Amnesty International, said: “No matter how good football is, the game has taken a heavy toll on hundreds of thousands of workers who pay illegal recruitment fees. , salary theft and even loss of life,” Justice said in a statement to CNN on Saturday.
“These workers and their families deserve compensation and we are still awaiting commitment from FIFA and Qatar to ensure redress for all those who made this World Cup possible,” Coburn added.
Cockburn acknowledged that Qatar had made some labor reforms, but said they were far from enough. Minky Worden, director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch, agreed.
“Even the labor reforms that Qatar has made come too late, too narrow in scope, or too weakly implemented to benefit many workers,” she wrote in a blog post on Friday before the World Cup final.
Worden added: “This World Cup in Qatar will indeed be remembered for all the wrong reasons: as the most expensive sporting event ever – and the deadliest.”
The Qatari government says more than 30,000 foreign workers have been brought in to build stadiums for the World Cup. Seven new World Cup stadiums have sprung up from the desert, and the Gulf state has expanded its airport and built new hotels, railways and highways.
All are built by migrant workers who, according to Amnesty International, make up 90 percent of the workforce in a population of nearly 3 million.