Amnesty International asks Portuguese institutions to take a stand on human rights in Qatar – Observer

Amnesty International in Portugal today asked “sports agents and politicians” to take a stand on the human rights and labor rights situation of migrant workers in Qatar, six months before the FIFA World Cup kicks off.

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For Paulo Fontes, Director of Communications and Campaigns, Six months before the World Cup kicks off ‘Reforms and progress have taken too long’ or ‘don’t seem to be happening’Lusa says.

“It is therefore very important for sports agents, not just politicians, to understand its importance and relevance at this moment and to raise this issue, and also take a clear stand by putting human rights at the top of the list, along with the issue of sport and football,” he comments.

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at More than 15,000 people died between 2010 and 2019, data ‘really a bit late’ which could be highera number that varies, but according to the most conservative reports, at least 6,500 deaths, leads to fear “that after the World Cup it will be discovered that the carpet has much more rubbish than you see”.

Now is the opportunity, as the eyes of the world turn on Qatar, which many political leaders around the world will look to the ordinary football fans. It’s time to demand change. After the World Cup, the light goes out, and if conditions are really like that, what will happen to these people? “, Wonders.

For the usual question: “What can be done?” , Paulo Fontes is certain.

“An example of what cannot and should not be done is the FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s excuse for what is happening. What you can do is constant pressure in all kinds of forums, in relations with the Qatari authorities, in the field of football and in other forums. (…) We have six months to achieve What we haven’t achieved in the past decade,” he warns.

for the manager, “FIFA must understand its international responsibility in this matter.”referring to the open petition launched by Amnesty International, with 280,000 signatures, demanding that the governing body of world football accept this responsibility, which was delivered on March 14 of this year.

“The representatives of FIFA and the International Labor Organization who attended this meeting acknowledged the challenges faced by the sector, and that progress remains to be made with regard to workers’ rights in Qatar, and acknowledged that complaints and investigations bring data that impact on national football associations in many countries, which must It should start addressing human rights issues more seriously and publicly,” he says.

With “combined pressure on all fronts”, It is the responsibility of the selected countries, such as Portugal, to participatenot only at the diplomatic level, “with the governments and the president”, but also by the Portuguese Football Federation.

Other countries have already taken a stand, such as Denmark, whose sponsors will provide space in the equipment for human rights messages, which have already scored points on the shirts of the German national team before a qualifying match.

“Every device and every entity has to understand their responsibility and determine what can be best done to achieve this. So sometimes it is easier to be on the ground to bring about change. In other cases, the best thing is not to be present. The important thing here is not to be at the center of the issue. In all the events we are in, whether they are sponsors, teams, players or political leaders, they always bring the issue of human rights and labor rights in Qatar on the table,” he explains.

Moreover, for Paulo Fontes, the idea of ​​separating politics from sport does not work in this case, given that “Football has a lot of human rights too”.

“It teaches team spirit, about inclusion, mutual aid, the spirit of sport itself, and football in particular, and it teaches the important values ​​of human rights. He points out that the World Cup will take place in Qatar and the World Cup as an event that has other dimensions that are clearly not just sports: economic and political, and obviously also has many interests in each of these dimensions.”

The leader of Amnesty International recalls, regarding actions that players and federations can take, the “Play for Human Rights” campaign, launched by the organization and developed with various institutional partners in Portugal, including the Portuguese Professional Football League and the Portuguese Football Federation.

“We had many sports agents, players, teams and coaches working with us, including [selecionador nacional] Fernando Santos, who made a video, remembers the last video of the project, which also talked a lot about these issues. ”

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