Friday April 22nd, 2016

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In response to allegations of human rights violations committed against laborers building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, FIFA announced Friday it will create a panel “to monitor the systems in place to ensure decent working conditions.”

Last month, Amnesty International released a report alleging that more than 100 migrant workers had been housed in poor conditions and gone months without being paid. 

“Over the last few weeks I have been following very closely the discussions on FIFA and human rights, particularly around the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in a statement. “I have seen the measures taken by the Supreme Committee and I am confident that we are on the right track.”

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The migrant workers come primarily from Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. When a devastating earthquake struck Nepal last May, Nepalese workers said they were not allowed to leave Qatar to attend the funerals of their family members.  

In May 2014, the Qatari government admitted that nearly 1,000 migrant workers died in 2012 and 2013. Concerns over labor conditions have led some World Cup sponsors to pull their support

The tournament will be played in November and December 2022, because the climate in the desert nation is too harsh for a summer competition. 

- Dan Gartland

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