Target: International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) President Sepp Blatter
Goal: Demand that FIFA take action against Qatar for violating human rights
Over 900 workers have died in Qatar since 2010 while working on construction for the 2022 World Cup. Many of them are migrant workers, and yet Qatar has done nothing to address the violations of human rights. Demand that International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) condemn Qatar for unacceptable conditions.
Qatar has a history of human rights abuses toward migrant workers, with reports of near-slavery conditions, low wages, denied pay, and crowded and unsanitary conditions. The construction for the World Cup continues to attract migrant workers despite the shockingly high death toll, and should current trends continue, the International Trade Union Confederation estimates that deaths will reach into the thousands.
In contrast, construction for the Sochi Olympics claimed twenty-five lives, and the 2014 World Cup preparations in Brazil only six, according to The Washington Post and The Guardian respectively. Clearly, the deaths in Qatar are extreme, and a complete affront to human rights.
The building boom in anticipation of the World Cup offers employment opportunities, but at the cost of human rights. Workers from Nepal and India form the bulk of the current workforce, and account for the highest number of deaths. The government of Qatar has not introduced reforms, nor has it addressed the reasons for these deaths.
Though the FIFA Executive Committee will consider an investigation, there is a clear and obvious need for immediate action to protect migrant workers from further abuse and unsafe conditions in the construction of infrastructure for the World Cup. Condemning the actions of the government is only the first step, but it is important that FIFA, as an international organization, stands against human rights violations.
Dear President Sepp Blatter,
Workers in Qatar are facing a massive death toll and unconscionable conditions. So far, over 900 workers have died, and the International Trade Union Confederation estimates the number will continue to climb. Qatar has a long history of human rights violations, and documented reports of abuses toward workers exist, including denial of wages, conditions that amount to little more than modern slavery, and crowded, unhygienic accommodations that foster sickness among workers.
I demand that FIFA take a stand for human rights, and condemn the death toll and the conditions migrant workers face. Though not associated with human rights, FIFA is an international organization, capable of setting an ideological precedent and taking investigative action against Qatar. The deaths of workers are indicative of deplorable conditions and lax safety regulations, and the government of Qatar has so far refused to enact reform. FIFA must send a message that the World Cup cannot and should not be built on the back of modern slavery, and take whatever steps necessary to end this rampant abuse.
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