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Behind the stars and glamour of the World Cup in Qatar lies a situation that deserves the strongest condemnation. Qatar has been guilty of serious human rights violations for years.
Women and sexual and religious minorities are severely discriminated against and the government exercises strict control over individuals and the media.
Various segments of the population lack full political rights and human rights organizations cannot operate without state permission.
Special mention should be made of the terrible abuses suffered by the migrant workers who built the stadiums and infrastructure. Most of them came to Qatar from neighboring countries, fleeing poverty and enticed by recruitment agencies that recruited them from abroad for expensive fees. But the fate that awaited them was very different from what was promised: the wages the workers received were much lower than those agreed and many of them lived confined to precarious and unsafe accommodation, enduring temperatures reaching 45 degrees Celsius. In addition, the companies that hired them denied them movement permits and withheld their passports to prevent them from returning home early. Qatari migrant workers have no rights; they are slaves in the 21st century.
For all of the above, recalling the human rights violations suffered by Argentine men and women in the months prior to the 1978 World Cup, and after having published the report "La pelota no se mancha" El mundial de fútbol Qatar 2022 empañado por violaciones de derechos humanos (“The ball does not stain” Qatar 2022 World Cup marred by human rights violations), CADAL asked the AFA:
1) To request authorization from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to include the human rights symbol in black, as a sign of mourning, on the official jersey that the Argentine national soccer team will wear in official matches during the World Cup in Qatar, in condemnation of the human rights abuses committed in this country and in solidarity with the victims.
2) Demand that FIFA incorporate the strictest human rights standards in the selection process of future World Cup venues.
Let us not be accomplices.