Human rights in Qatar: the Minister of Sport puts pressure on the FFF before the World Cup

This Wednesday, AFP unveils a letter from Minister of Sport, Amélie Oudéa Castéra, asking the French Football Association (FFF) to provide evidence of its human rights action during the World Cup in Qatar.

This letter describes in particular the various areas on which the audit mission will focus on the body that the Minister entrusted to the Inspectorate General for Education, Sport and Research on 16 September after receiving the President of the FFF Noël Le Graët and its general manager, Firenze Hardouin.

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This mission, “which will take hold in the next few days“with Noel Le Graët”to organize the first meetings“follows the publication in So Foot magazine of an article involving the FFF and its president, accused of sending sexual SMS to employees. The FFF has since filed a libel complaint.

But in this letter the minister also addresses the World Cup in Qatar (November 20 – December 18). She remembers that she had a “He insisted“during a meeting with the vice president of the FFF, Philippe Diallo, so that the Federation”swiftly take steps to ensure that our French team’s participation in the World Cup in Qatar can be done in accordance with our human rights and ecological transition values“, she writes.

Tell him about the “advances”

If the minister explains that he has “Note“the press release of 23 September in which he puts the FFF”come on“many steps taken, she asks for authority”kindly inform him of (his) progress” On these “challenges“.

On the point relating to the verification of the working conditions at the base camp of the French team in particular, I ask you to report to me from now on the concrete initiatives you have taken and that you will also communicate to me, when the time comes, the results of the next visits. on site“, He adds.

On Tuesday, Philippe Diallo assured that the body was working with several other federations on a compensation fund for victims of work-related accidents at World Cup sites.

In an open letter issued two days before Denmark-France on September 25, in Copenhagen, Amnesty International had deplored the “deafening silence“bruises”in the face of the thousands of migrant workers who died on the Qatari construction sites and the thousands of others subjected to forced labor“.

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