(Reuters) – World soccer governing physique FIFA stated it held talks on Tuesday with quite a lot of member associations and confederations to handle issues referring to employees’ welfare and human rights in host nation Qatar forward of the 2022 World Cup.
Britain’s Guardian reported in February that not less than 6,500 migrant employees – many engaged on World Cup tasks – had died in Qatar because it received the appropriate 10 years in the past to stage the occasion, in response to the newspaper’s calculations from official data.
Gamers from Germany, the Netherlands and Norway have since worn shirts earlier than World Cup qualifiers voicing concern over human rights in Qatar.
Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary Normal of Qatar’s organising physique, assured the stakeholders throughout the assembly that “important progress” has been made by way of a labour reform programme for the reason that nation was awarded the event in 2010.
The assembly additionally noticed shows from human rights organisations and employees unions with direct data of the scenario on the bottom.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino stated it was essential that the member associations are happy with the current labour reforms which have “benefitted tens of hundreds of employees throughout Qatar”.
“I very a lot welcome the constructive engagement with our member associations on this necessary subject,” Infantino stated in an announcement.
“We all know there’s nonetheless work to be achieved, however we have to recognise the numerous progress achieved in a really quick time, because of the dedication of the best authorities within the nation, and to make sure that any debate on this advanced matter must be based mostly on verified information.”
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Modifying by Toby Davis)