The Football World Cup in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014 is scheduled to be the biggest football celebration of all time. But not everyone will benefit from this celebration. On the contrary. Evictions, human rights violations and exploitation are overshadowing preparations for the world championship. The people affected are those already living in poverty.
However, it is still not too late to change this! FIFA could still turn this World Cup into a celebration for everyone. We demand of FIFA:
1. No evictions or human rights violations
More than 150,000 people will be evicted from their homes because of the World Cup. Street vendors fear for their livelihoods because World Cup sponsors demand exclusive sales’ rights. Forced evictions lead to mass violations of human rights. .
For this reason, we demand no banning of street vending and no “clean-up” of the favelas for image reasons. (more)
2. No exploitation for the Football World Cup
Profits from the World Cup must not be based on exploitation. Experience so far has revealed that dangerous conditions often prevail at World Cup construction sites in Brazil, a certain number of FIFA fan articles are manufactured under exploitative conditions
For this reason, we demand that FIFA ensure fair working conditions and wages. (more)
3. No tax exemption and special laws for FIFA
FIFA and the World Cup sponsors (Adidas, Coca-Cola, Budweiser...) refuse to allow their billions of profits to be taxed in Brazil. But the Brazilian population must bear the cost of the World Cup. It is clear where this leads: Brazil will be left with a mountain of debt and social benefits will come under pressure. In the end, the 50 million poor of Brazil will pay for the World Cup.
For this reason, we demand that all those who benefit from the World Cup must pay taxes on their profits. This also applies to FIFA. (more)
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