— Published 19 May 2022

Amnesty wants to make FIFA pay

With five months to go before the World Cup in Qatar, Amnesty International is not letting up on the pressure on FIFA. The NGO is even stepping up its offensive on the issue of migrant workers’ rights. Supported by several other human rights organisations, it is now demanding a colossal 440 million dollars from FIFA. “FIFA should earmark at least $440m to provide remedy for the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who have suffered human rights abuses in Qatar during preparations for the 2022 World Cup,” Amnesty suggests in a statement. Why such a large sum? The NGO explains: 440 million dollars is the amount that the 32 participating teams will share in the next World Cup. A “necessary minimum”, according to Amnesty, to compensate workers and protect them from future abuses, including unpaid wages and damage caused by work-related accidents. In response to the request, FIFA told AFP it was “currently evaluating Amnesty’s proposal“. The Swiss-based body added that the NGOs’ request “involves a wide range of non-FIFA World Cup-specific public infrastructure built since 2010“.