Members of the European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday condemning the deaths of migrant workers in preparation for the 2022 soccer World Cup in Qatar.
Lawmakers called on the international soccer association FIFA to contribute to a restructuring scheme for working families as compensation and urged the Qatari authorities to carry out investigations into the deaths of migrant workers.
MEPs described FIFA’s corruption as “widespread, systemic and deep-rooted” and criticized the process for awarding the tournament to Qatar as opaque.
It is generally said that 6,500 migrant workers have died since the 2010 World Cup was awarded in Qatar.
According to the UN, this is the figure for all deaths, not just for those at work or when working on stadium construction projects. According to Qatar, there were 37 deaths “directly related to the construction of World Cup stadiums.”
According to a statement from Parliament, Parliament called on EU countries with major soccer leagues to exert pressure to “fundamentally reform” FIFA.
“This includes the introduction of democratic and transparent procedures for awarding soccer World Cups and the strict implementation of human rights and sustainability criteria for host countries.”
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In the resolution, MEPs welcomed the fact that the Qatari government had compensated victims of wage abuse, according to the International Labour Organization, but MPs regretted that “many workers in Qatar and their families were excluded from the scope of the fund.”
In an interview with AFP earlier this month, the country’s Minister of Labour, Ali ben Samikh Al-Marri, rejected demands from NGOs for a compensation fund and pointed out that there is already a wage compensation fund that paid 320 million euros to workers in 2022.
EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said during the debate in the European Parliament on Monday that “the path of human rights in Qatar is far from complete, and as for any other country, it is a path that will continue, that will never be completed and that numerous challenges remain.”
She said the EU would continue to closely monitor the human rights situation there.
The World Cup began this week and will last until December 18, 2022.