FROM Minky Worden
World Cup Construction and Human Rights Abuses With FIFA under the microscope, Qatar’s winning bid to host the 2022 World Cup is getting scrutinized as well. Qatar has been unable to shake rumors of widespread graft and corruption since landing the 2022 tournament. World Cup construction in the country has drawn the ire of human rights groups. According to a 2014 report from the International Trade Union Confederation, about 1,200 migrant workers have died since 2010; they expect 4,000 workers to die by the time everything is built. We hear from Minky Worden, director of Global Initiatives for Human Rights Watch, who has kept a close eye on the situation.
International Sports and Human Rights In the blazing desert of Qatar, 1000 workers from India and Nepal have died while building infrastructure for the World Cup to be held in 2022. FIFA, which stages the World Cup, is being called to account by human rights groups still angry at the International Olympic Committee over denial of gay rights by Russia. Should host countries be required to raise their standards before it's decided where world-class events will be held? We hear about an increasingly heated controversy in international sports.
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