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FIFA Statement

FIFA welcomes European Parliament resolution on working conditions in Qatar

Workers stand on an office building construction site in the budding new financial district in Doha
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FIFA welcomes today’s European Parliament resolution on the situation of migrant workers in Qatar, which is in line with the next steps that were agreed at yesterday’s meeting between FIFA and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) at the Home of FIFA in Zurich: to also call upon economic and political leaders to join the football community in contributing to ensure that the International Labour Organization’s core labour standards are introduced quickly, consistently and on a sustained basis in Qatar.

FIFA has made it very clear in all previous official statements, as well as in the context of contacts with human rights organisations in the past, that it upholds respect for human rights and the application of international norms of behaviour as a principle and as part of all of its activities.

FIFA, as world football’s governing body and the organiser of football’s flagship event, strongly believes that football can play an important role in generating public awareness and triggering positive social change in the host country of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In order to achieve a sustainable improvement of working conditions in Qatar and the wider region, a joint effort by FIFA, the business sector, the international political community and the Qatari authorities is required. FIFA remains open to cooperate with all relevant bodies and authorities to tackle this issue and to ensure that the protection of migrant workers continues to be addressed with urgency.

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