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A petition to FIFA – no slavery in our World Cup!

on April 9, 2014

I’m not a soccer fan as such, but my father in law, husband and son all are. We are sure to be watching the World Cup in Brazil this year.
But can you believe that “Since 2012, roughly 900 workers have already been killed working on infrastructure for the World Cup [in Qatar], astronomically more than have died in any construction project in recent history. ” And that by 2022, thousands more may have died? And that many of these workers are effectively enslaved (passports removed and so forth)? And that FIFA have said nothing about this outrage?

We all think that if we had lived back in the days of slavery, we’d have sided with William Wilberforce (or insert a suitable abolitionist for your nationality here) and worked hard and campaigned to have slavery eradicated. But it hasn’t been eradicated yet – it’s still, shamefully, going on among us today – this is just one example. It shouldn’t be happening, but since it is, here’s our chance to stand with anti-slavery campaigners such as Stop the Traffik and make a difference.

If you have a minute, please sign the petition at this link. It states:

PETITION TO FIFA: Speak out against the atrocious labor abuses and needless deaths of migrant workers in Qatar, and call on the World Cup organizers there to improve conditions and compensate the victims’ families if they want the tournament to go forward.

Please also consider sharing the link with your followers, retweeting it and so on.

If you have more than a minute, you can read the Guardian article on the subject, or Amnesty International’s documents about Qatar. Or what FIFA itself has said about it… which isn’t much at all but still, in the interests of fairness…

Here’s the petition link again:
And there’s also a different one here.

No slavery in our World Cup!


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