Festivity – built on Slavery and Death? International Sports Events and Human Rights

International issues Welcome to the FIFA World Cup and festivities in Qatar 2022. Before you settle expectantly into your chairs and let yourselves be swept away in the championship excitement and joy, we want to draw your attention to the pain and grief that made the games possible.

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Seminar in Almedalen, Visby

The price for this football event is paid by hundreds of thousands of migrant workers from Nepal and other neighboring countries who in slavery-like conditions build the arenas where the festivities will be held. We must ask ourselves whether slavery, serious injuries and the death of 4,000 workers are the price we are willing to pay to see the football games at what has become a graveyard in Doha, Qatar.

The sacrifice of human rights and human lives in connection with international sports events must stop. But how can we do this and who is responsible?


Bishnu Lamsal, General Secretary, GEFONT (General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions).
Jin Sook Lee, Migration, Gender & Campaign Director, BWI (Building and Wood Workers’ International).
Tim Noonan, Head of Communication, ITUC (The International Trade Union Confederation).

Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, President LO.

Bitte Hammargren, Middle East reporter and analyst.

Debate leader: Loa Brynjulfsdottir, Head of International Department, LO.

Date and time: Sunday 29 June, 14.30-15.30
Organisers: LO (The Swedish Trade Union Confederation) and The Swedish Building Workers’ Union
Venue: Ljusgården Hamnplan 5, Visby
Refreshments: Smoothies

Jonas Wall
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