Every four years, millions of individuals from around the world crowd around family living rooms, corporate conference rooms, bustling bars, and public venues to feast their eyes on the World Cup. This global event brings together the best soccer teams in the world to compete at the highest level in a tournament that crowns one country supreme. The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded in 1904 and in based in Zurich, Switzerland. It is the global governing body of soccer, and its goal is to constantly improve soccer.
On the surface, FIFA seems like a great organization. After all, it hosts the largest tournament of the world’s most popular sport, and has a fun video game played by nearly every youth of our generation. Yet corruption and bribery scandals have plagued FIFA in past and in the present. Recently, FIFA was alleged to have taken bribes from a rich prince in Qatar in exchange for the 2022 World Cup being held in Qatar. In Paper 2, I do not want to explore these allegations. They do not particularly interest me.
What I want to investigate are the human rights violations that are currently occurring at labor camps in Qatar, as the small oil-rich company gears up to develop the necessary infrastructure, housing, and athletic facilities associated with hosting the World Cup.
Google Scholar assisted my research, and I discovered two interesting articles that explore the background of the human rights violations, and the ability of Qatar to act as a catalyst for labor reform. I contend that FIFA must initiate a more proactive solution to ensure that no FIFA-specific structures are built using workers at these labor camps. FIFA’s virtues ethics come into question in this case. Furthermore, FIFA should use this moment to stand-up to labor camps, and help Qatar’s government create a safer, healthier, and more worker-friendly environment.