The World Cup in Brazil and beyond
Preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil were overshadowed by human rights violations, forced displacements and exploitation.
Workers lost their lives on stadium construction sites; favela dwellers were forcibly evicted from their homes; street vendors lost their livelihoods. The poorest suffered the most.
Shortly before kick-off, accusations of greed and corruption were made against FIFA. Thousands of Brazilian men and women took to the streets to protest against the billions spent on the World Cup while budgets for hospitals, schools and public transport were cut.
To remind FIFA of its social responsibility and to exert public pressure, Solidar Switzerland led a campaign for a fair World Cup and against FIFA's own foul play. In a video clip that had more than 100,000 hits, FIFA was urged to lift its ban on street vendors. 16,000 supporters sent protest e-mails to FIFA boss Sepp Blatter.
After the World Cup is before the World Cup
The next 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia; Qatar will host the event in 2022. Solidar Switzerland continues to fight for a World Cup that is fair to all. We call on FIFA to add a sustainability clause to its agreements with host countries to protect the environment and to guarantee compliance with human rights and labour legislation. FIFA must stop imposing special laws on host countries. FIFA must stop evading taxation on its profits.