The European Parliament has criticized the deaths of foreign workers preparing for the soccer World Cup in Qatar.
According to a resolution passed on Thursday, authorities, sports associations and organizers are required to enforce values such as human rights, democracy and the rule of law when awarding future major sports events.
We were appalled by the decision to ban the “One Love” armbands, which were intended to take a stand against discrimination. In addition, the authorities in Qatar are called on to fully enforce regulations prohibiting torture and ill-treatment and to abolish the criminalization of homosexuality.
It also reiterates that Parliament’s view that corruption within Fifa is widespread, systemic and ingrained remains. Germany and other EU countries should put pressure on Uefa and Fifa so that Fifa reforms and organizes the next world championships democratically and transparently.
Fifa urgently needs to reform so that such an embarrassment does not happen again.
Jan-Christoph Oetjen, FDP MEP
The world association should also compensate families of dead guest workers and other victims. It also points out that Fifa had awarded Qatar the bid for the World Cup without, for example, setting conditions for the protection of migrant workers and without credible allegations of bribery and corruption. However, it is also welcomed that Qatar has initiated reforms to improve the situation of workers.
German MPs found even clearer words about the World Cup. “From a human rights perspective, this men’s World Cup is a disaster,” said SPD MEP and foreign policy expert Dietmar Köster.
The foreign policy spokeswoman for Die Linke in the European Parliament, Özlem Demirel, is critical of the resolution. German and European companies that made profits from the World Cup should be held accountable, she told the German Press Agency.
The FDP MEP Jan-Christoph Oetjen emphasized that with the resolution Parliament had made it clear that human rights would apply everywhere. He also said: “The World Cup should never have taken place in Qatar. Fifa urgently needs to reform so that such an embarrassment does not happen again.” (dpa)
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