Qatar inks MoU about human rights of 2022 World Cup labors

Officials said that the MoU aims to raise awareness on human rights issues, and ensure every aspect of human rights are taken into consideration in the organization of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

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It is announced that Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) and FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC (Q22) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Qatari National Human Rights Committee (NHRC). This MoU aims to cooperate in raising awareness of human rights issues and make sure all that human rights are paid regard in all its parts during the organization.

Hassan al-Thawadi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Al Samikh al-Marri, Chairman of the NHRC, and Nasser al-Khater, CEO of Q22 appeared at the signing ceremony.

Al-Thawadi stated that the SC has paid great efforts to protect the health, safety and welfare of all workers who take part in the World Cup Qatar 2022 organization. He also added that this MoU will contribute to raising their adherence to human rights to the upper level.

Based on the statement, there will be a joint working group comprised of the three organizations to observe the objectives of the MoU.

In 2018, Qatar enacted new regulations about workers, including the abolition of the sponsorship law and the law regulating the entry and exit of expatriates. On the other hand, there have been reports circulated in international outlets, claiming that workers’ rights have been violated.

The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be hosted by Qatar between November 21, and December 19, 2022, with the participation of 32 teams.

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