Push for World Cup workers' rights challenges Qataris and activists alike

From The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer Sun Feb 10 2013, 19:42:19

By James M. Dorsey

It will take more than statements by trade unions and human rights groups and complaints to the International Labor Organization (ILO) to pressure Qatar to ensure that labor conditions in the Gulf state meet international standards as it prepares to host the 2022 World Cup.

Trade unions and human rights group sought to maintain pressure on Qatar in recent days with a series of statements. International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) secretary general Sharan Burrow warned that scores of migrant workers could die building stadiums while Human Rights Watch charged that Qatari promises over the past two years since the Gulf State secured its World Cup hosting rights remained unfulfilled.

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