Blatter urges Qatar to continue progress on workers' rights

Blatter urges Qatar to continue progress on workers' rights
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Published March 16th, 2015 - 06:24 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Joseph Blatter
Joseph Blatter

FIFA president Joseph Blatter has called on Qatar to continue progress in improving the conditions of workers ahead of hosting the World Cup in 2022.

"As various human-rights groups have recently noted, progress has been made already, especially with regard to the standards introduced by the Supreme Committee relating to 2022 construction sites, but more must be done in Qatar to ensure uniformly fair working conditions for all," the FIFA website quoted Blatter as saying on a visit to the country on Sunday.

"This will only be possible through the collective effort of all stakeholders - from the construction companies to the authorities. It is clear that Qatar takes its responsibility as host seriously and sees the FIFA World Cup as a catalyst for positive social change."

Blatter held talks with Qatari leader Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to be updated on the country's World Cup preparations ahead of a FIFA executive meeting next week.

Qatar has been widely criticized for labour rights and laws in the wake of several deaths of migrant workers on World Cup construction sites.

"It was important for me to have an opportunity to get the latest information directly from the highest political authority, ahead of the executive committee meeting next week," Blatter said.

"It is encouraging to hear the Emir's personal commitment to workers' welfare and to get a sense of the improvements planned for all workers in Qatar."

In addition to the "welfare and rights of all workers", FIFA said the switch of timing to a World Cup held November-December 2022 was also discussed.

© 2015 dpa GmbH

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