November 28, 2022

FIFA inaction as World Cup kicks off

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From Miriam Karmali, Freedom United

November 20, 2022 News Digest
OUR CAMPAIGN ISSUES IN THE NEWS
Forced Labour

Freedom United launches campaign film calling on fans to think of fallen migrant workers
FIFA has yet to announce a compensation fund for exploited workers and the families of those who have died as the World Cup begins in Qatar today. We are urgently calling on Qatar and FIFA to remedy migrant worker rights abuses, including forced labor, by setting up a support fund of at least $440 million. Read more…
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Human trafficking

Armed militias endanger and exploit people fleeing Libya – with E.U. support

Charity organizations providing search and rescue in the Central Mediterranean denounce the emergence of a “Wild West” situation in which armed militias posing as the Libyan Coast Guard are endangering their workers and the people fleeing Libya. Read more…

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EVENTS HAPPENING NEXT WEEK
Wednesday November 23:
“Where will I live?” – report launch and Q&A 

Friday November 25:
HAH: International Day to End Violence Against Women
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We’ve worked with production company Fledge on a powerful new film that spotlights the brutal reality behind this World Cup. Watch and share the video on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to raise awareness with football fans around the world.

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Miriam Karmali
Freedom United
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