December 19, 2022
Cited article by Tom Goldman, NPR
HRRC urges international media and human rights organizations to continue monitoring and highlighting the ongoing human rights concerns in Qatar following the World Cup. Sporting events such as the World Cup bring increased media attention to a variety of issues in host countries, and it is imperative the international community work to promote human rights protections for all.
Going into the World Cup, Qatar's human rights violations were emphasized throughout international media outlets. With a global audience watching the World Cup, ongoing human rights issues received similar attention. Concern was prominently raised about the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community in Qatar, as homosexuality is illegal in the country. Additionally, allegations were made regarding the mistreatment of migrant workers who make up approximately 90% of Qatar's workforce.
While the football/soccer matches were played, human rights organizations continued to highlight the the grave concerns by spreading awareness among participating countries. Stories of migrant workers in Qatar revealed some workers not being paid, unsafe or unfair working conditions, as well as unhealthy standards for a work environment. An open letter was sent to FIFA to comment on the working conditions, but no response was given.