Qatar gets 14 days to send labour report to FIFA

Gulf state asked to provide evidence on how it is improving working conditions for labourers

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Qatar has been given two weeks to provide a report to FIFA on how it has improved working conditions for labourers in the 2022 World Cup host nation.

"FIFA expects to receive information on the specific steps that Qatar has taken since president Sepp Blatter's last trip to Doha in November 2013 to improve the welfare and living conditions of migrant workers," world soccer's ruling body said in a statement on Thursday.

"The application of international norms of behaviour is a FIFA principle and part of all of FIFA's activities and is expected from all hosts of its events.

"FIFA firmly believes in the power the World Cup can have in triggering positive social change in Qatarincluding improving the labour rights and conditions of migrant workers," the statement read.

The report will eventually be presented by FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger to a hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels on Feb. 13.

"We are currently in the middle of an intensive process which is exclusively aimed at improving the situation of workers in Qatar," said Zwanziger.

"Ultimately what we need are clear rules and steps that will build trust and ensure that the situation, which is unacceptable at the moment, improves in a sustainable manner."

Amnesty International and the International Trade Union Confederation have criticised the treatment of migrant labourers in Qatar.

Amnesty hit out at Qatar for "non-payment of wages, harsh and dangerous working conditions and shocking standards of accommodation".

The European Parliament joined the controversy in November when it passed a resolution expressing concern at the plight of the workers.

However, it stopped short of calling for the scrapping of the Kafala, or sponsorship, system under which employees cannot change jobs or leave the country without the permission of their sponsors.

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Posted by: Anon

No Matt, AAA should take a long objective look at Qatar.

Posted by: AAA

We are only few months away from Brazil 2014 World Cup. In spite of all riots, demonstrations and the fears of failures, all are quiet but at the same time picking at Qatar 2022 World Cup, which is 8 years away.

Posted by: Skand Bhargava

If they do not provide the report in 14 days, will FIFA games not be held there? I feel this demand by FIFA is just for show. There is no teeth in it.

Posted by: Anon

They will not provide a timely 14 day response because nobody in Qatar is either interested (or responsible) to defend their miserable human rights record. The main reason is they actually do not understand what human rights stand for, but they do understand the benefits of exploitation.

Posted by: Matt

OMG AAA you need to take a trip to France.

Posted by: AAA

Anon, what is the human right record in France. I do not have to remind you of the black history of France and French in treating and discriminating against foreigners, Africans in particular, living in France. How Africans were killed in France by French police and racists throughout the recent modern history of France. These sort of crimes never happen in Qatar and foreign labors living here are by far enjoying better life and treatment than those who live in France.

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