2022 World Cup in Qatar: Amnesty International finally meets with FFF

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A milestone occurred last Tuesday in Amnesty International’s fight for human rights in Qatar, the venue for the next 2022 World Cup (November 21-December 18). The organization met with the FFF, a meeting expected for several months.

After several months of negotiations…and action, Amnesty International France has finally met with the French Football Federation. This interview took place last Tuesday at the headquarters of the FFF. After several actions by the organization, “3F” has finally agreed to get three delegates to talk about respect for human rights in Qatar, the venue for the 2022 World Cup next November. Since conferring the World Cup in 2010, the emirate has been concerned about the conditions of workers, who are often immigrants.

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For several months Amnesty International did not want to release the pressure on the various actors of this World Cup. In Marseille in late March, during a France–Cte d’Ivoire friendly match, the organization distributed a “red card” and discussed with the Irresistibles Français to alert workers to the conditions in Qatar. The goal was above all to “challenge the players of the FFF and the France team”.

A charter soon?

In early April, Nol Le Grat noted the emirate’s “progress” in the social sphere, before admitting to being “very happy” to come and play in Qatar from November. In this first discussion, others will follow, the union is not closed for talks with the organization’s representatives. The body may also create a charter to verify that the conditions of workers of Didier Deschamps’ team at the Blues’ base camp or in Doha during this 2022 World Cup comply with the law. As a reminder, the minimum wage in Qatar is 240 Euro.

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At the end of March, The Indian Paper showed you the fight of the CGT representatives present in Doha to improve the conditions of the workers. “CGT is everywhere in the world, it is internationalism, prompting Jean-Pascal François to justify his presence in Qatar. It is not the boundaries that prevent the employees from uniting among us (…) legal. Conditions and restrictions imposed on them have improved. Wage levels have gone up and it is expected – since we do not have statistics – that the figures for fatal accidents have fallen.”

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