Construction of the facilities for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has come under a dark shadow. Three regional human rights groups accused Qatar of abusing workers' rights on Sunday, April 14th. They also accused authorities of covering up the deaths of some 1,200 migrant workers as they construct the 2022 World Cup facilities.
The three human rights groups: the Arab Organisation for Human Rights in Britain and Europe; the African Organisation for Heritage and Human Rights; and the Gulf Association for Rights and Freedom made the accusations at the same time as a two-day conference for 'National, Regional & International Mechanisms to Combat Impunity & Ensure Accountability' was being held in Qatar.
In a press statement released yesterday, the three human rights groups allege that the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar (NHRCQ) and its chairman, Dr Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, used the committee to whitewash Qatar's image and wasted money on "politicising" rights issues.
The group have filed a joint a complaint to the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Human Rights Committee of the European Parliament, who are all co-sponsors of the conference along with the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar. The complaint has also been sent to the world football body, FIFA.
The rights groups have demanded that the Global Alliance for National Human Rights investigate Al Marri's complicity in the whitewash and ensure that he and his panel be held accountable.
"We call for opening a transparent and impartial investigation into abuses against migrant workers in Qatar," they said.
A press conference in Geneva will soon be held by the three groups to launch a campaign entitled "Disclosing Facts in Qatar".
The Global Alliance for National Human Rights Institutions is a global network of national human rights institutions. It is sometimes shortened to the International Coordinating Committee and is popularly referred to as the ICC.