Lhe rich gas emirate is regularly denounced by international NGOs for the treatment reserved for the hundreds of thousands of workers who come from Asia in particular on the major construction sites for the World Cup. Doha, for its part, insists that it has made great progress on this dossier.
The YouGov poll was conducted on behalf of Amnesty International among 17,000 adults in 15 countries, in Europe, the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Morocco and Kenya.
Seventy-three percent of respondents say “support strongly” Where “tending to support” the fact that FIFA should use part of its income to offer compensation to workers whose rights have been violated.
And of those surveyed saying they will watch at least one match of the competition, 84% say they are in favor of this proposal.
Ten percent of respondents “tend to oppose” Where “strongly oppose” to any compensation, while 17% say they are undecided.
“FIFA still has time to do the right thing”
The poll also shows that more than two-thirds of respondents want their countries’ football associations “speak publicly on human rights cases” as part of the 2022 World Cup, reports Amnesty.
“FIFA still has time to do the right thing”said in a press release Steve Cockburn, head of the social and economic justice program at Amnesty. “The fans do not want a World Cup tainted (…) by human rights violations”he added.
NGOs have accused Qatar of not disclosing the true toll of workers killed or injured on World Cup sites and of not doing enough to improve their working conditions. The problem of unpaid wages was also mentioned.
Doha defends itself by stressing that it has taken measures to improve their working conditions, by imposing a minimum wage and by prohibiting the omnipotence of certain employers who prevented their employees from leaving the country or changing jobs.
Several human rights organisations, as well as fans and trade unions, launched a campaign in May to demand that FIFA devote part of its World Cup 2022 revenue to compensating workers whose rights have been violated.
“FIFA has assured Amnesty International that it will consider these proposals, but no public announcement has yet been made in this regard.”said the London-based human rights group.