Ahead of the World Cup, Qatar is in the limelight for its violation of migrant workers. Several workers who have built the World Cup‘s infrastructure have suffered abuse in Qatar. The workers working on projects linked to the 2022 FIFA World Cup have suffered systematic human rights abuses.
Recently, Qatar World Cup organizers also admitted that workers were exploited. Reportedly, more than 24,000 workers suffered human rights abuses in Qatar. This information was published by a campaign group.
Subsequently, an official at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre asked FIFA to ensure that labour reforms are implemented in Qatar. The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has been tracking human rights abuses in Qatar since 2016.
Amnesty International also said that security guards were forced to work in conditions amounting to forced labour. The security guards worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week. They did not get a day off for months or even years.
Amnesty also urged FIFA to act over the alleged abuse of security workers in Qatar. Amnesty said in its report, “FIFA must focus on doing more to prevent abuses.”
Top brands like Adidas, Coca-Cola, Hyundai, Wanda Group, and Qatar Airways are sponsors of FIFA World Cup 2022. Reportedly, sponsors of Belgium and Dutch national teams will avoid the FIFA World Cup due to concerns over host country Qatar’s record on human rights.
Several organizations are questioning the silence of big sponsors over human rights abuse of workers. They are demanding those sponsors back out from the event.