Greens Call on FIFA and Football Australia to Prevent More Deaths

Australian Greens

The Australian Greens hold deep concerns regarding the human rights abuses that have occurred in Qatar, particularly those affiliated with the FIFA world cup.

There was worldwide shock that the 2022 World Cup would be held in Qatar. It only had little infrastructure, but most importantly, the desert-like temperature created concern for fans, footballers, and workers.

Human Rights Watch reports that low-paid migrants made up 90% of Qatar’s workforce at the time the decision was made that they would host the event. Given its role as a global organisation, FIFA had the opportunity to create strict rules about the workforce used to develop the infrastructure required for the World Cup and protect workers. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

As stated by Senator Jordon Steele-John, Australian Greens Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs:

“The information we have received is that between 6,500 and 15,000 workers have died while building stadiums and hospitality venues that will be used for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

“On behalf of the Australian Greens Party Room I have written to FIFA and Football Australia. We are calling on FIFA to support the establishment of a compensation and remedy fund of US$440 million for migrant workers, and for the families of those workers who have died.

“The Greens are also requesting that FIFA and Football Australia make a public statement in support of migrant workers’ rights, compensation, and non-repetition of human rights abuses in future World Cups.

“The Australian Greens will always promote human rights, and call out those who do not support them.”

As stated by Be Slavery Free Campaign:

“As a ‘sport-mad’ country we also need to get mad when the sport results in people being abused. At least 6,500 people have died in the construction of stadiums and venues for the FIFA world cup. Some from conditions as horrific as dehydration.

“Be Slavery Free applauds the Australian Greens for joining the Socceroos, French and USA politicians and Football Associations around the world in calling for human rights and compensation.

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As stated by Senator Lidia Thorpe, Australian Greens Spokesperson for Sport:

“The passion we have for athletes needs to translate into solidarity for the workers who make events like the World Cup possible.”

“I applaud the leadership shown by the Socceroo’s and Football Associations globally. It’s time for FIFA to join them, and put their money where their mouth is.

“When we work together, we can achieve so much more. Let’s unite and fight the inequality so many people face in the sports industry.”

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