(WFI) The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy “welcomes Amnesty International’s contributions” to its campaign.

Construction workers in Qatar (Getty Images)

In a statement released Thursday, a Qatar 2022 spokesman said that the organization is pleased to see that Amnesty International acknowledges “the Supreme Committee’s workers’ welfare standards, commitment to transparency, and its cooperation with Amnesty International in regard to implementation and enforcement of the standards.”

“The Supreme Committee believes that the hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the subsequent international spotlight on Qatar, serves as a catalyst for continued social progress,” the statement said.

The comments come after Amnesty International condemned Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers in a report late last year. The campaign was described as “exploitative” and was accused of unsafe working conditions, dangerous living conditions, delays in the payment of migrants’ wages, and physical and sexual violence against workers.

“The challenge of addressing workers’ welfare in Qatar is extremely complex,” Qatar 2022 rebutted.

“Further progress and sustainable, lasting change requires continued cooperation among stakeholders from across government, the private sector, sending countries and civil society organizations, like Amnesty International.”

The statement also pointed out that, in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal on April 25, funds were raised for the 500 Nepalese workers and every request by Nepali workers to return home was approved. Contractors covered the airfare for over 60 workers.

“The Supreme Committee will continue to move forward with internal and external stakeholders on our efforts to deliver a FIFA World Cup that preserves the rights and dignity of all individuals who will work to make the tournament a success,” the statement concluded.

FIFA presidential elections will be held at the federation’s 65th congress, scheduled for May 28 – 29, in Zurich, Switzerland.

By INSIDER writer Andrew Murrell

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