Target: Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA (the Fédération Internationale de Football Association)
Goal: Condemn the exploitation of the migrant workers building the soccer stadiums in Qatar for FIFA’s 2022 World Cup.
Migrant workers are facing fatal working and living conditions as they construct the tournament venues and stadiums needed for FIFA’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Human rights groups around the world are asking the soccer association to address the dangers migrant workers are facing.
Migrant workers are not allowed to leave the country without approval from their employers. This forces many to stay in the country against their will and live in squalid labor camps as they build the stadiums and venues needed for the World Cup. Most of these workers are from India and Nepal and are unable to return home.
Despite Qatar being one of the richest countries in the world, it has staggering rates of work-related injuries and deaths. Human rights groups estimate that as many as 4,000 laborers may die while constructing the World Cup compound, if not from dangers on the job, then from sickness and disease in the labor camps. FIFA has a duty to address these horrific human rights violations. With the world’s eyes on Qatar, the organization must use its platform to bring attention to the human rights abuses still so rampant throughout wealthy nations like Qatar.
Dear Mr. Infantino,
When the FIFA World Cup is held, all eyes turn to the host country. In 2022, that nation will be Qatar. However, the migrant workers who are preparing the nation and building the venues for the famous event live and work in horrible conditions. Qatar is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, yet it has startling rates of work-related deaths. As many as 4,000 people are estimated to die while building the stadiums and venues for the FIFA World Cup.
With the attention of the world on your organization, you have a duty to shine a light on the people suffering simply so millions can watch soccer. I ask that you address the human rights violations in Qatar and condemn them instead of turning a blind eye. With six years until the World Cup, enough pressure on the Qatari government may influence them to make improvements to workers’ rights.
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