Move it or Lose it: FIFA-Sanctioned Report Urges 2022 World Cup to be Moved from Qatar

By Sarah Akbar

A FIFA-commissioned report undertaken by Harvard professor John Ruggie and released on April 14 urges soccer’s international governing body to ensure the protection of human rights or consider moving the 2022 World Cup from Qatar. Ruggie, who has created business and human rights guiding principles for the United Nations, noted numerous human rights violations surrounding the construction of new Qatari stadiums and made a series of recommendations on how FIFA should proceed. In particular, Ruggie proposes FIFA leverage its influence to press countries to improve human rights conditions or face losing their hosting privileges. FIFA officials, including President, Gianni Infantino, have responded positively to the report, and have vowed to use it as a guide to formulate its human rights policy.