Hold Russia Accountable for World Cup Construction Worker Deaths

Target: Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA

Goal: Ensure Russia is held accountable for a pattern of worker’s rights abuses by FIFA.

Seventeen construction workers have died while constructing stadiums for the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia. This comes despite a commitment by FIFA to closely monitor construction following widespread reports of workers’ rights abuses during construction for the Sochi Olympic Games.

The Russian construction industry has long garnered scrutiny by human rights organizations for worker exploitation. Firms typically employ vulnerable, foreign workers who often work without a legally required employment contract guaranteeing basic rights. Media outlets have documented a pattern of unreported injuries, deaths and unpaid wages. This includes an estimated 8.3 million dollars still owed to construction workers in Sochi.

FIFA pledged to work with Russia to aggressively monitor construction for abuse in the lead-up to the World Cup in 2018. They touted an extensive inspection effort which featured 58 site visits between mid-2016 and June 2017, which found only two verified workers’ rights violations. However, independent inspections conducted by Human Rights Watch in 2016 and 2017 revealed a culture of intimidation, unpaid wages, forced labor in subzero temperatures and absence of mandated employment contracts.

Hosting global sports events such as the World Cup or Olympics should be contingent on successfully providing basic human rights for all involved. Russia has proven time and again that it is unconcerned with the dignity or safety of those directly responsible for the venues highlighted to the world. Please sign the below petition urging FIFA to hold Russia accountable for its continued workers’ rights offenses.


Dear President Infantino,

I am writing to request that you more closely review construction efforts for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. As you are aware, at least 17 workers have died during stadium construction thus far. Human rights organizations have documented additional workers’ rights abuses including unpaid wages, intimidation and forced labor in subzero temperatures. These offenses were also reported during construction for the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014.

You have pledged to aggressively monitor World Cup construction for workers’ rights abuses. However, the reported deaths make clear that this effort is inadequate, and Russia is either unwilling or unable to enforce its own employment standards. Please demonstrate FIFA’s commitment to human rights by imposing harsh penalties for a well-established pattern of worker abuses. Failure to improve should threaten Russia’s future candidacy as a World Cup host country.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Put in = Trump.
    Same business practices.

  2. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Every human life is important, and these workers have family and friends as well… Start treating them fairly and make their workplace safe. Thank you.

  3. Richard Hofman Richard Hofman says:

    Yes, all of the Slavic shits have been exactly the same and the Russian rubbish is the leader of all them…
    They had shitted up all of their former satellites for decades and now they want to be an pure angels which they will never be and because of they know their bad characters having got and so they can never be a world’s leaders!

  4. justice for these people now.

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