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FIFA World Cup: Amid human rights, English FA adds pressure on organizers Qatar, calls for migrant workers to be compensated – Check Out

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FIFA World Cup: England’s Football Association (FA) said on Wednesday that families of migrant workers in Qatar were injured or killed while building…

FIFA World Cup: The Football Association (FA) said on Wednesday that families of migrant workers in Qatar who were injured or killed while building infrastructure for this year’s World Cup should be compensated. Follow FIFA World Cup updates on InsideSport.IN

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FIFA World Cup: Amid human rights, English FA adds pressure on organizers Qatar, demands compensation for migrant workers – Check Out

Qatar has faced intense criticism from human rights groups over its treatment of migrant workers, who, along with other foreigners, make up the bulk of the country’s population.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and FairSquare said Tuesday that FIFA’s partners and World Cup sponsors should call on world soccer’s governing body and Qatar’s government to compensate migrant workers.

In May, Amnesty and other rights groups had called on FIFA to set aside $440 million in compensation for human rights violations.

“We continue to push for the principle of compensation for the families of migrant workers who have lost their lives or been injured on construction projects,” FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said in a statement.

“Once again we are pressing FIFA for an update to the compensation fund, which has consistently been referred to as a safety net where workers and their families have not been able to secure compensation from the construction companies.”

Qatar’s government has said its labor system is still working, but rejected a 2021 Amnesty report that thousands of migrant workers were still being exploited.

FIFA World Cup: Amid human rights, English FA adds pressure on organizers Qatar, demands compensation for migrant workers – Check Out

Bullingham said the FA is also lobbying FIFA for an update on new labor protection laws in the Gulf state and the introduction of a center to provide advice and assistance to migrant workers.

“Obviously, Qatar has introduced progressive legislation in the last few years to give workers rights, so this concept will help that legislation come into effect,” Bullingham said.

England captain Harry Kane and captains of seven other European nations who have qualified for the World Cup will wear an anti-discrimination armband during the tournament in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.

“As captains, we can all compete against each other on the field, but we stand together against all forms of discrimination,” Kane said.

“This is even more relevant at a time when division is common in society. Wearing the armband together on behalf of our teams will send a clear message as the world watches.”

The World Cup begins on November 20 and runs until December 18.

FIFA World Cup: Amid human rights, English FA adds pressure on organizers Qatar, demands compensation for migrant workers – Check Out

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