World Cup in Qatar: the Canadian Soccer Association pleads for more human rights

World Cup in Qatar: Canadian Soccer Association calls for more human rights


The Canadian Soccer Association joined the campaign on Friday calling for more rights for workers and the LGBTQ+ community in Qatar, as the country prepares to host the World Cup in late November . 

“Canada Soccer supports the continued pursuit of further progress on workers' rights and inclusion,” the organization said in a statement, adding that “FIFA itself recognized these important issues.”

Although it recognizes that progress has been made, the federation wants to “ensure that these reforms lead to tangible improvements”, going beyond the competition.

“We believe that a legacies of this tournament should be to inspire and encourage further improvements in this area, not only in Qatar, but across the entire region,” said the Canadian federation.

In response, the Qatar World Cup organizing committee defended an event “that contributes to a legacy of progress, best practices and improved lives”.

He also insisted on the reforms relating to labor law and safety on the Mondial-2022 construction sites.

“New laws and reforms often take time to impose themselves and an implementation strong labor law is a global challenge,” a spokesperson told AFP.

Ever since Fifa awarded the World Cup to Qatar in 2010, the first Arab country to host a World Cup, it has come under fire over its treatment of foreign workers, the LGBTQ+ community and women.

The wealthy Gulf state that has spent tens of billions of dollars to host the tournament from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18 has expressed growing anger over the attacks.

In particular, he claims to have carried out numerous reforms in recent years and his emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, rose up this week against “fabrications and double standards” in what he described as a “campaign unprecedented” of criticism since the country won the World Cup.

In its press release, the Canadian federation also underlines that since the qualification of its team in March, the second in its history, it has met with representatives of the Canadian Embassy in Doha on three occasions as well as the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Amnesty International.

Following these meetings, she believes that “legal reforms of Qatar could have a real impact” if fully implemented.

By working with local suppliers who share its values ​​and by educating its teams, it hopes to set an example for all its other partners .

Team n Australia's National Football Association is the first team to qualify for the competition to openly criticize Qatar for the human rights abuses that accompanied hosting the World Cup.