Qatar poll challenging FFF

More than two months before the opening of the tournament, the result seems final. According to a global survey conducted by YouGov for Amnesty International in fifteen countries, including France, among 17,477 people, more than two-thirds (67%) of the adults questioned wanted their The Federation will make a public position to respect human rights in Qatar, which is hosting the next World Cup (November 20-December 18). In France, this figure has risen to 70%, as in Norway, which in particular organized a national debate, by its authorities, on a possible boycott – ultimately rejected – of the competition, in the event that its selection will be qualified. The president of the NFF, Lise Klaveness, even challenged the leaders of FIFA and the Qatari organizing committee on the subject at the Doha congress on March 31.

The Amnesty poll is a new way to challenge the FFF on the subject, while its president, Noël Le Graët (80), does not really want to enter the controversy of this sensitive file, which has very political contours. After the tournament draw, the 1er April, in Doha, he said to himself “Very happy that we are coming to play in Qatar”. “They put in a lot of effortexplains Breton. The country has made great progress on the social level, by establishing a minimum wage (which represents the equivalent of 270 €). You can’t always compare France, which was a democracy for a long time. » The human cost – of suffering, abuse and death – of this World Cup, the first organized in the Middle East, is the subject of heated debate: tens of thousands of foreign workers have contributed to the construction of infrastructures necessary for the organization of the tournament, since its controversial recognition of the small Gulf peninsula, on December 2, 2010.

“A true French exception” for Amnesty

“It is 70% of the people who want the FFF to stand (in respect of human rights in Qatar)it was a very strong message directed at himexplained Lola Schulmann, Amnesty France’s advocacy officer. There is a real exception in France to the fact that we do not talk about it within the football authorities. This ostrich policy is unsustainable. For our part, we will continue to maintain the pressure. » A meeting, several times transferred, however took place between “3F” and Amnesty France, on April 19, regarding these questions.

This international study also revealed that almost three quarters (73%) of the respondents – 71% in France – want FIFA to use the income generated by the next World Cup, which is counted in billions of euros, “to compensate the workers who suffered during the preparation for this tournament”, wrote to the NGO. This figure rises to 84% of those likely to watch at least one of the 64 matches in the competition. This idea has its source in the compensation mechanism for victims established after the Rana Plaza disaster in April 2013 in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh; the collapse of this building, which housed several thousand workers working for major Western brands, caused the death of more than 1,100 people.

The minimum amount of this “compensation fund” claimed by Amnesty, along with other human rights organizations (#PayUpFIFA campaign, launched in May), is 440 million dollars (about 440 million euros) . Amnesty International explained that FIFA, headed by Gianni Infantino (who lives in Qatar), told him “study this proposal” but it’s there “so far not publicly answered”.

At the beginning of May, during a conference in Los Angeles, Infantino launched: “When you give someone a job, even in difficult circumstances, you give them dignity and pride”. The head of the world body also insisted on introducing a minimum wage in Qatar. The Ministry of Labor of the small emirate has already recognized this “There’s still work to be done”while explaining that“No other country has made so much progress in labor reforms in such a short time. »

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