Qatar 2022:Qatar Gets World Cup Despite Poor Human Rights Record
Qatar Awarded FIFA World Cup 2022: Poor Human Rights Record, Labour Standards
In move that would be breathtaking in its audaciousness if was not so tragic, the FIFA World Cup Executive Committee has awarded the FIFA World Cup 2022 to Qatar, a tiny nation nestled in the Middle East.
"We go to new lands," FIFA president Sepp Blatter said.
Qatar, which has promised to overcome heat of up to 130 degrees with air conditioned outdoor stadiums, led on every round of balloting that initially included Australia, Japan and South Korea. The lowest vote-getter was eliminated after each round until only the U.S. and Qatar remained. Qatar won the final vote 14-8.
"Basically, oil and natural gas won today. This was not about merit, this was about money," former U.S. national team star Eric Wynalda said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. Qatar "is a country that is really going to struggle to host this event. A successful World Cup would mean the attendance would be twice the population."
Make no mistake Qatar will go on a multimillion dollar building spree from stadiums, to hotels, to roads, to airport improvements, all of which brings up Qatar's nasty human and labor rights record.
A 2008 State Department Report on Qatar's Human Rights Record, pointed out that migrant workers who go to Qatar may find themselves in "forced labor" conditions.
The Sri Lankan Embassy received between 50 and 60 complaints per day. Complaints included sexual harassment, delayed and nonpayment of salaries, forced labor, contract switching, holding of passports, poor accommodation, nonrepatriation, termination and deportation without cause, physical torture or torment, overwork, imprisonment, and mistreatment.”
Qatar is heavily dependent on those migrant workers. Of the country's approximately 1 million people only 350,000 are believed to be citizens. Most are migrant workers - some make lots of money as engineers in the petro-chemcial industries, others many domestic and laborers are exploited.
According to the Trafficking in Persons Report by the US State Department, men and women who are lured into Qatar by promises of high wages are often forced into underpaid labor. The report states that Qatari laws against forced labour are rarely enforced and that labour laws often result in the detention of victims in deportation centres, pending the completion of legal proceedings. The report places Qatar at tier 3, as one of the countries that neither satisfies the minimum standards nor demonstrates significant efforts to come into compliance
And the FIFA in its wisdom has decided to give Qatar the honor of hosting the World Cup in 2022.