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Renowned organization want $440 million compensation from FIFA

Renowned organization want $440 million compensation from FIFA

Renowned organization want $440 million compensation from FIFA

Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have urged FIFA to put aside $440 million (£356 million) to compensate migrant workers in Qatar for “human rights violations” committed during the 2022 World Cup preparations.

The groups said in a letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino that the world football governing body should engage with the host nation to guarantee migrant workers’ rights in the future.

“The organizations called on FIFA to at least match the $440 million it gives out in prize money during the World Cup to redress the litany of injustices committed since 2010, when FIFA awarded hosting rights to Qatar without requiring any improvement in labor conditions,” Amnesty said in a statement.

The Qatari government has stated that its labor system is still being developed, but has refuted charges made by Amnesty International that thousands of foreign workers are being exploited.

Amnesty International’s Reality Check 2021 report found that tactics like withholding salaries and charging workers to change employment were still prevalent.

In response to the letter, FIFA stated that it was evaluating the proposal and considering how to assure “resolution of all grievances linked with FIFA World Cup initiatives, including pre-event issues.”

FIFA also stated that it was dealing with the organizing committee and that a handful of workers had already been compensated.

“For example, as of December 2021, both FIFA World Cup and non-FIFA World Cup personnel had received payments totaling $22.6 million through the recruiting fee reimbursement program, with an additional $5.7 million committed by contractors,” it stated.

The World Cup will take place from November 21 through December 18.

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