World Cup: Danish Federation calls for investigation of migrant workers in Qatar

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After the revelations about the fate of migrant workers at the 2022 World Cup construction sites in Qatar, the Danish Football Federation has requested an independent investigation from Fifa.

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The Danish Football Federation has asked FIFA to increase its pressure on Qatar so that the country ensures respect for human rights in view of the 2022 World Cup, calling in a letter published Monday for “an independent investigation” on the plight of migrant workers. “We are against the attribution of the World Cup to Qatar and we are critical of the human rights situation in the country,” DBU Director General Jakob Jensen said in a statement on the occasion of the publication of this letter.

“We want actions”

With a year and a half of the competition scheduled for November and December 2022, “we are now stepping up the pressure on Fifa, as we do not believe the desired improvements for migrant workers have been achieved. We want action now – and the the sooner the better, “he added.

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In the letter dated Friday and addressed to FIFA boss Gianni Infantino and General Secretary Fatma Samoura, the Danish federation addresses several demands, including “the full implementation of the legislation already adopted on workers’ rights”, as well that “further improvements”.

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The DBU also calls for “a thorough investigation into the number of deaths among migrant workers in Qatar”. “We obviously expect that this investigation will be thorough and independent and that the members of Fifa will soon receive a report”, underlines the Federation in this letter signed by its two leaders, Jakob Jensen and its president Jesper Moller.

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Symbolic actions of Danish players

Qatar has come under fire from human rights organizations for its treatment of migrant workers, many of whom they say are exploited and working in dangerous conditions, on construction sites linked to the upcoming 2022 World Cup The emirate ensures for its part to have done more than any other country in the region to improve their working conditions.

Denmark was one of the European selections that carried out symbolic actions at the end of March to respond to alleged human rights abuses in Qatar. The Danish players wore t-shirts with the message “Football supports change” before their World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Austria.

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