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Fifa should pay reparations of at least $440m (£356m) to migrant workers whose human rights were compromised by the World Cup in Qatar, a group of non-governmental organizations has said.

England and Gareth Southgate have been asked to back the initiative, described as an ‘innovative scheme’ that would ‘bring real redress’ to workers, as attempts to leave a positive legacy for the tournament focus six months before the start. opening of the World Cup. see you in Doha.

Amnesty International, alongside Human Rights Watch, Football Supporters Europe and the Building and Woodworkers International Union are among those calling for a reparations package that would address the documented human rights failures that marked the Qatar World Cup history.

According to the organizations, Fifa should “set aside an amount not less than the $440 million in prize money offered to teams participating in the World Cup, to be invested in funds to support remediation. That would be just a small percentage of Fifa’s projected $6 billion revenue from the tournament and the $1.6 billion it holds in reserves.

“This amount reflects a probable “floor” for the extent of the damage suffered. The final amount required to repair will be determined by the magnitude of the need, the harm to be repaired and the remedial measures to be offered, should be decided through a participatory process and subject to independent assessment.

Sacha Deshmukh, CEO of Amnesty International UK, called on England to support the idea. “We hope the FA, Gareth Southgate and the players will support this innovative programme,” he said. “International football can easily afford to do the right thing here. This is a relatively small share of Fifa’s huge prize pool – and it would provide real redress for serious human rights abuses. man behind this tournament.

Fifa, in response, said it was “evaluating” the proposals. It said it had put in place “an unprecedented due diligence process” when it came to worker protections and – alongside the Qatari Supreme Committee responsible for the tournament – had devised its own remediation processes. This includes $22.6 million transferred to workers by the end of 2021 to address the particular issue of recruitment fees often paid by migrant workers to agencies or brokers to secure employment.

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