Rights bodies call for probe into graft surrounding 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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A number of international human rights organizations, including the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions, the African Heritage and Human Rights Organization, the Gulf League for Rights and Freedoms, the Arab Foundation for Human Rights in Britain and others, will participate at the Seventh Session of The Conference of the States Parties (COSP) of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in the Austrian capital Vienna.

International human rights organizations have formed a joint team to discuss the file of corruption in the State of Qatar.

A joint media and legal effort will be formed to address the delegation of the State of Qatar, headed by Sa’ad bin Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Board, along with government representatives, about their lack of transparency in transmitting the facts and the reality of the deteriorating situation in Qatar.

On the sidelines of the conference, joint international human rights organizations will organize an event entitled “United Nations Convention against Corruption, Lack of Integrity, Transparency and Prevention of Corruption Policies: Qatar as a Model”.

FIFA report

Through its official website, FIFA has posted links to parts of a report containing evidence of a corruption scandal that has undermined Qatar's organization of the tournament.

FIFA stressed that the Ethics Committee decided to publish the report at the repeated request of the President of the International Football Federation, Gianni Infantino, and the approval of FIFA members to publish the report during the Congress held in Mexico in 2016.

FIFA said on its official website that the Ethics Committee will meet next week to discuss the report and Garcia’s investigation before publishing it.

Nevertheless, the illegal leaks through some German newspapers hastened the process.

For its part, the German newspaper Bild has revealed details of the report indicating that FIFA officials received money in exchange for granting Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

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