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Will Qatar World Cup Expansion Meet FIFA Rights Standards?

Expand Workers at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, ahead of the 2022 World Cup, October 31, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda The international football governing body, FIFA, is meeting this week to discuss expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to a second Gulf country to accommodate additional teams – with Kuwait or Oman as leading contenders, each hardly paragons of virtue from a human rights perspective. Eight years after it won the bid to host the World Cup, Qatar’s human rights record is still of concern. Pulling off a rights-respecting World Cup in either Kuwait or…

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