FIFA Ethics and Regulations Watch (FERW) hailed on Wednesday the 5th of September 2018 the new changes in Qatar which give workers more rights. FERW think this is a long-overdue step in the right direction and will have a positive impact on the well being of thousands of workers and their families.
The enactment of Law No. 13 in Qatar is key amendments which will now allow migrant workers to leave the country freely without having to obtain consent from their bosses.
FERW joins other organisations such as the International Labour Organization and Human Rights Watch and Amnesty international in condoning and supporting such step.
FERW perceives Qatar changes as “constructive” and show that the country is more committed to the workers’ rights and accordingly the terms and conditions apply for hosting the World Cup. The Qatar amendments of its residency laws will now allow foreign workers to leave the country without exit permits from their employers.
The new changes will show that Qatar is on the right path to give workers their full rights and will for certainly debunk allegations of extensive workers exploitations.
FERW considers the new step as a termination of the controversial “Kafala” sponsorship and a “Landmark for the Region” where other countries are using this Kafala system as slavery tool.
FERW is an independent organisation covering the work of FIFA through close observation and monitoring. The organisation is very keen to make FIFA a “corruption-free” organisation by a constant follow-up to make sure the Agency and its staff are in abidance with the international and external laws and regulations.
FERW’s vision seeks to promote free and fair world sports by making sure the main body (FIFA) is free of corruption and treats countries equally. Its key objectives are to fight corruption within FIFA and its related Agency and promote transparency and rule of law within the Agency. It also aspires to make sure that Sports Unions worldwide respect FIFA terms and conditions.