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FIFA: First Week of World Cup Proves Worst Fears

Urgent Action Required from FIFA to Change Course and Show its Human Rights Commitments are Still in Force (Nyon, Switzerland, 25 November, 2022) — Multiple human rights abuses taking place in the first week of the 2022 FIFA Qatar Men’s World Cup reveal significant backsliding within FIFA on human rights, the Sport & Rights Alliance […]

Qatar World Cup 2022: An Open Letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino

Dear President of Fédération Internationale de Football Association, Mr. Infantino, The football men’s World Cup in Qatar has only just started, and the credibility of FIFA in its commitment to human rights is already entirely questionable. There are 28 more days to go, and ILGA World – a global LGBTI human rights organisation representing more […]

Qatar: Six Things You Need to Know About the Hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup 

With the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicking off in Qatar on 20 November, the Gulf state will be under the global spotlight. Since FIFA awarded the tournament to Qatar in 2010, the dire situation for migrant workers in the country has been widely publicized. Migrants and domestic workers continue to face a range of abuses including wage theft, forced […]

The Army of Survivors Releases Power and Control Wheel: Abuse in Sports

Monday, November 14, 2022 — The Army of Survivors, a nonprofit organization focusing on ending sexual violence against athletes, today released a Power and Control Wheel outlining the power dynamics in sports when abuse is present. The wheel, adapted from the original version by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, shows how abusers in sports use […]

Qatar: Rights Abuses Stain FIFA World Cup

‘Reporters’ Guide’ Highlights Key Labor Rights Issues, Needed Reforms  (Beirut, November 14, 2022) – The FIFA World Cup from November 20 to December 18, 2022, will be played following years of serious migrant labor and human rights abuses in Qatar, Human Rights Watch said today, publishing a “Reporters’ Guide” to support journalists covering the Qatar World […]

Qatar and LGBTQ Human Rights: An Overview Ahead of the World Cup

The human rights of LGBTQ people have been at the centre of the debate over the upcoming Men’s World Cup in Qatar in recent weeks. The mere fact that the sporting event was going to be organised in a country with laws criminalising people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions (SOGIE) has contributed […]