The Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR) held an international press conference at the Swiss Press Club in Geneva on September 20th 2017, on the sidelines of the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council, during which it launched a comprehensive report entitled “Qatar 2022: World Cup or World Shame.” The report first of its kind in the region, reviews all the human rights violations committed by Qatar with links to its hosting the FIFA’s World Cup which continues to be a source of controversy around the world. The report seeks to reinforces the global demand to withdraw Qatar’s privileges of hosting the prestigious tournament.
The report was released at the international press conference which was chaired by Mr. Sarhan Al-Tahir Saadi, the General Coordinator of the Arab Federation for Human Rights and Ms. Sura Salaam, a member of the organization.
Mr. Sarhan Saadi, said that “AFHR contacted FIFA to hand over reports on alleged human rights violations by Qatar, especially with regard to its financing of terrorism.” He further called on the media to pay attention to several human rights violations by Qatar, which includes stripping Qataris of their nationality and expelling them from the country.
“Although the international legal system does not allow Qatar or FIFA to be held accountable for what happened in the country file that hosted the World Cup, Federations have the authority and ability to work to make FIFA rid the world of the shame of hosting Doha, For the World Event”, Ms. Sura Salaam said during the press conference .
She warned that if FIFA insisted on allowing the tournament to be held in Qatar, that would “undermine the reputation of the international organization in the face of countless reports about Qatar’s violations, human rights abuses, corruption and bribery.”
She also pointed out that the reports of renowned international and media organizations confirm that if the current conditions of workers in Qatar does not improve, about 7,000 workers will die by 2022 in construction projects related to hosting the FIFA World Cup.
The 67-page report, entitled “Qatar 2022: World Cup or the World’s Shame,” is based on 131 sources documenting its content that discusses violations and their impact on FIFA’s reputation in the event of the World Cup project in Qatar.
The report concludes with main findings that reinforce the growing concern of this project and answers three important questions. These questions include: Can the World Cup 2022 in Qatar be free of human and labour rights violations? Can the World Cup 2022 in Qatar be free of corruption and bribery? Can the World Cup 2022 in Qatar be free of extremism and terrorism?
The results reveal that despite some legal and administrative measures recently implemented by Qatar, “there has been no improvement in the living conditions and work of workers in Qatar.” Qatar is “facing enormous pressure to correct its policies and legislation that threaten the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental workers.
The findings suggests that in light of Qatar’s violations of international laws and its human rights abuses through the abuse of workers’ rights, they should be stripped of their right to host the prestigious tournament.
“The boycott of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt from Qatar confirms that Doha’s financing and support for terrorist activities destabilizes and negatively impact human security in the region and the world,” the report further noted.
Read the full report by following the link: http://arabfhr.org/reports_research/world-cup-pr-world-shame/?lang=en
For more details, please follow the following links:
Arab Federation for Human Rights
Geneva –September 20th 2017