Protests Against Qatar World Cup 2022 | Teams Boycotting the Competition
Footballers are staging on-field protests in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers to highlight Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers and its human rights record that have been under the spotlight since it was awarded the hosting of next year’s tournament.
In recent weeks, several voices have called for the boycott of Qatar 2022. First, a petition by a group of fans in Denmark is trying to get enough signatures for bringing the debate into the Danish parliament, then several fan groups in Norway urged their clubs to consider a boycott, leading to an open discussion within the Norwegian football association.
A report stated that, since Qatar was awarded the World Cup in 2010, more than 6,500 migrant workers have died in the country, with the hot climate and working and living conditions being pointed at as possible explanations.
In August 2020, Qatar announced landmark changes to the labor law, including scrapping the need for a NOC – employer’s permission to change jobs – that rights activists said tied workers’ presence in the country to their employers and led to abuse and exploitation.
The announcement was the latest in a series of labor reforms carried out by the country in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup.
While it may be too late to plan a unified boycott of the 2022 World Cup, the footballing world is finally sitting up and taking notice of what is going on in Qatar.