The U.S. Senate demanded to investigate the working conditions at the construction of the 2018 World Cup facilities, built in Russia.
A group of 8 senators, led by Bob Menendez, called for the tournament to be moved to another country if the data on the violation of human rights is confirmed.
The statement of the senators says that the FIFA must fulfill its obligations in the field of human rights, and can not allow the use of forced labor.
In June, the international human rights organization Human Rights Watch said that builders at Russian stadiums for the World Cup and the Confederations Cup are being exploited. According to human rights activists, at 6 construction sites salaries were either delayed, or not paid at all, and people were forced to work at a temperature of -25°C (-13°F) without additional protection. Many builders worked without an employment contract.
Among other things, Human Rights Watch knows about 17 people died at the construction sites, as well as about the citizens of North Korea who worked on building the stadium in St. Petersburg. According to human rights activists, they were forced to transfer their earnings to the government of the DPRK. The official Moscow denies all accusations of violating workers’ rights.