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Qatar: expert available for comment on World Cup and migrant worker rights

FIFA meeting tomorrow set to address migrant worker rights

Amnesty’s researcher on migrant workers in Qatar is available for interview ahead of the FIFA Executive Committee’s meeting tomorrow and Friday.

On 3 and 4 October the International Football Federation (FIFA) is holding an Executive Committee meeting in Zurich where workers' rights and the Qatar 2022 World Cup will be discussed.

James Lynch, Amnesty International's researcher on migrant workers in the Gulf, is available for interview.

James has been researching the treatment of migrant workers in the construction and domestic work sectors, and Amnesty will be launching a major report on the situation of migrants in Qatar next month.

James Lynch said:

“FIFA must show the world that they are truly gripping this issue and are acting now to prevent exploitation and human rights abuses from taking place as a result of the World Cup in Qatar.

"We need to see clear plans for how FIFA will address this issue with both the Qatar 2022 organising committee and the Qatari government.

“It is critical that their efforts go beyond looking solely at how the stadiums or training grounds will be built, to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who are building the wider infrastructure that will support the World Cup, such as roads, rail and hotels, are properly protected from exploitation.”

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