Qatar gets 14 days to send labor report to FIFA

Qatar was given two weeks to submit a report to FIFA on its improvements of the working conditions for laborers in the country. (File photo: Reuters)

Qatar has been given two weeks to provide a report to FIFA on how it has improved working conditions for laborers in the 2022 World Cup host nation.

“FIFA expects to receive information on the specific steps that Qatar has taken since president Sepp Blatter’s last trip to Doha in November 2013 to improve the welfare and living conditions of migrant workers,” world soccer’s ruling body said in a statement on Thursday.

“The application of international norms of behavior is a FIFA principle and part of all of FIFA’s activities and is expected from all hosts of its events.

“FIFA firmly believes in the power the World Cup can have in triggering positive social change in Qatar including improving the labor rights and conditions of migrant workers,” the statement read.

The report will eventually be presented by FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger to a hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels on Feb. 13.

“We are currently in the middle of an intensive process which is exclusively aimed at improving the situation od workers in Qatar,” said Zwanziger.

“Ultimately what we need are clear rules and steps that will build trust and ensure that the situation, which is unacceptable at the moment, improves in a sustainable manner.”

Amnesty International and the International Trade Union Confederation have criticized the treatment of migrant laborers in Qatar.

Amnesty hit out at Qatar for “non-payment of wages, harsh and dangerous working conditions and shocking standards of accommodation.”

The European Parliament joined the controversy in November when it passed a resolution expressing concern at the plight of the workers.

However, it stopped short of calling for the scrapping of the Kafala, or sponsorship, system under which employees cannot change jobs or leave the country without the permission of their sponsors.

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