FIFA for the first time indicted for exploitation in Qatar

The Dutch trade union the FNV and a migrant worker from Bangladesh days the Wereldvoetbalbond FIFA to court because of alleged complicity in the exploitation of guest workers in Qatar.

Foreign worker in Qatar © Belga Image

That report, inter alia, the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant, and the British newspaper The Guardian.


Qatar in 2010 was designated as the host country for the world cup of 2022, a decision that is still a lot of controversy encountered by the exploitation of immigrant workers who build the stadiums and infrastructure. Since the country in 2011 started with the preparations for the world cup, there are according to the estimates of human rights organizations, hundreds of workers died on construction sites.

The FNV and the worker, Nadim Sharaful Alam from Bangladesh find that the FIFA first and foremost, has an error created by the world cup 2022 to Qatar, but also in the allocation of the world CHAMPIONSHIP, I have to demand that workers were well treated.

The plaintiffs want the FIFA a change in the law in Qatar is not enforced, and damages for the Alam to pay.

Not responsible

Swiss and Dutch lawyers have FIFA president Gianni Infantino informed of the indictment.

Lunch at the infrastructure operations in Qatar © REUTERS

Qatar: berths for migrants © REUTERS

The bond wanted Sunday night still not on the indictment to go in. FIFA has always denied to be responsible for ‘social problems’ in host countries, but also said the world cup in Qatar to be seen as a catalyst for change and for the government to insist on good working conditions for workers.

The compensation that the FNV and Alam demanded, according to The Guardian the peanuts for the FIFA. If their action was successful, then it could well open the door for thousands of other immigrant workers to claim compensation. (KVDA)

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