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Broken Promises: Forced Labour in Saudi Arabia and the Fast Tracked World Cup Bid

New Equidem report finds significant human rights and labour rights abuse in Saudi Arabia's construction, security and hospitality sectors, raising doubts about the country's eligibility to host the FIFA World Cup in 2034.

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Coalition on Labor Justice for Migrants in the Gulf

Equidem is thrilled to be a founding organisation of the Coalition on Labor Justice for Migrants in the Gulf where there are at least 31 million migrant workers. With global south economies stressed by climate change, more can be expected. Time for action.

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Climate change and its impacts

Climate change poses a critical threat to the safety, security, and rights of humans all over the planet. As a result, climate change has a huge impact on human rights, both now and in the future.

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Sports and Human Rights

Global sporting events bring a range of human rights risks, including the exploitation of construction and hospitality workers - many of them migrants. Equidem works to advance responsible sport – sport and mega sporting events that are inclusive, fair, and safe, where stakeholders are properly engaged, and where human rights risks are mapped and addressed in line with international standards.

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Enforcing respect for human rights

Human rights violations stem from power dynamics and relationships that enable abuse to occur, and businesses are one of the most powerful actors in global geopolitics and the day to day lives of humans.

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Equidem calls upon FIFA to apply and enhance its binding and actionable commitments to address risk factors for labour and human rights violations as a condition of confirming Saudi Arabia’s bid to host FIFA World Cup 2034. Saudi Arabia cannot guarantee compliance with international human rights and labour standards without taking significant measures to dismantle the Kafala system, protect freedom of association, extend labour rights to migrant workers and address nationality-based discrimination, unfair hiring practices, workplace violence, exploitative wages, overwork, and exposure to occupational health and safety risks.

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Exposing Injustice

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Equidem is a human rights and labour rights organisation. We work globally and locally to expose injustice and hidden human rights abuses; to provide practical solutions to the most intractable human rights challenges; and to build powerful community-led coalitions that empower the individual and the community.

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