Amnesty tells Fifa to be more ‘hands on’ over Qatar labour reform before World Cup

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In a letter to Fifa president Gianni Infantino, the human rights group said football’s governing body must use the “full extent of its influence” to ensure Qatar lives up to high-profile commitments to improve working conditions.

“As the World Cup organising body, Fifa has a responsibility under international standards to mitigate human rights risks arising from the tournament,” said Steve Cockburn, head of economic and social justice at Amnesty International.

He told The Independent that this meant Fifa having a “much more hands on role in the 18 months left to the tournament”.

Amnesty said Qatar’s World Cup “simply would not be possible without migrant workers”.

“Fifa must use its voice to urge Qatar to urgently implement and enforce existing reforms, and to reject proposals to strip workers of their newly gained rights,” added Cockburn.

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