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Global: the FFF responds to Amnesty and defends itself from "endorsing" the situation of migrants in Qatar


In a press release, the French Football Federation responded to the NGO which accuses it of “deafening silence” on the issue of migrants in the Emirate.

The FFF responds to Amnesty International.

Questioned by the NGO, which assures in an open letter published Friday that it will support Denmark for the League of Nations meeting on Sunday in Copenhagen (8:45 p.m.), the French Football Federation has tempered its position on the silences denounced by Amnesty.

Participating does not mean turning a blind eye and condoning

,” reacted Saturday the “3F”, criticized by NGOs for its supposed wait-and-see attitude on the issue of migrant workers in Qatar, host country of the next World Cup.

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Free to express themselves or not

", the FFF and the French team "

did not wait for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar to defend on a daily basis, on the ground, and at their level, the human rights, as well as other essential causes

," the Federation said in a statement.

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"Stigma campaign"

In an open letter released on Friday, two days before Denmark-France in Copenhagen, Amnesty International regretted the "

deafening silence

" of the Blues "

in the face of the thousands of migrant workers who died on Qatari construction sites, and the thousands of others subjected to forced labor.


On the contrary, the NGO pointed out that "

the sponsors of the Danish team have decided to remove their logos from the players' training shirts to replace them with a message in favor of respect for human rights in Qatar


The FFF assures that Amnesty is an “

admirable organization

” but “

deplores this stigmatization campaign nevertheless


Concretely, the body has "

implemented various verification measures concerning the respect of social rights and the application of respectful working conditions at the base camp of the France team

" in Qatar, it is written.

As for the arrival of the French world champions in the emirate, the FFF sums up its position: "

Participating does not mean closing your eyes and endorsing


However, the organization of this World Cup has enabled social progress in Qatar that even some NGOs recognize, including Amnesty International.

Even if the reality on the ground is not perfect, this progress is undeniable and positive

,” says the Federation.

Source: lefigaro

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