Amnesty expects more money to be needed to fully compensate all victims. After consultation with trade unions, civil society organizations and the international labor organization ILO, it should become clear how much money is actually needed.
According to the human rights organization, migrant workers must be compensated for unpaid wages and high recruitment costs. Many workers injured while working for the World Cup were said to have received insufficient financial assistance. Relatives of many deceased migrants are also still waiting for compensation.
“Given the history of human rights violations in the country, FIFA knew the risks to workers when the football federation awarded the tournament to Qatar, otherwise it should have known,” said Amnesty’s Secretary-General Agnès Callamard.
FIFA not done enough
“Despite the review of the Qatari’s bid, no mention was made of workers or human rights and no conditions were imposed on workers’ protection,” she continues. “Fifa has done far too little since then to prevent or mitigate those risks.”
Amnesty calls on football associations, including the KNVB, to support the call for the compensation program. According to the human rights organization, FIFA will earn more than 5.6 billion euros from the World Cup in Qatar.
Comprehensive Recovery Program
Amnesty knows that Qatar has introduced laws in recent years to better protect migrant workers, but emphasizes that these are insufficiently enforced. “For years, the suffering of those who made this World Cup possible has been swept under the rug,” Callamard said. “It is time FIFA and Qatar work together on a comprehensive recovery program that puts workers first. The program should ensure that no damage goes undetected.”