Op-Ed: A World Cup that Excludes No One
June 27, 2014 by Jason Rahlan, Global Engagement Press Secretary
Over the past few months, the international outcry against Qatar’s controversial bid to host the World Cup in 2022 has reached a fever pitch. Following allegations of bribery, corruption, and incredibly horrific reports of the inhumane treatment and deaths of migrant workers building stadiums and infrastructure, reports surfaced that FIFA is considering holding a revote on Qatar’s bid. Not only that, but it’s reported that the soccer organization is considering implementing a review of Qatar’s human rights record in such a revote, and that it would institute the same requirement for future World Cup tournaments as well.
If FIFA takes this step, and carries out such reviews in a meaningful and deliberate way, it could represent a sea change in how potential host countries are held accountable for human rights abuses on a prominent international stage.
In tomorrow’s Washington Post, HRC President Chad Griffin makes the case for why FIFA must include an examination of the rights of LGBT people in these reforms, why it should call for a revote on Russia’s successful bid for the 2018 World Cup, and why the International Olympic Committee should implement a similar requirement.
July 30, 2014