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Rights issues continue to niggle as Qatar counts down to FIFA World Cup

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on the weekend "all are welcome" in Qatar. Source: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

It's one year and counting down to the 2022 Football Men's World Cup and celebrations are taking place in host country, Qatar, but concerns are growing around the treatment of migrant workers who have been integral to preparing the country for the global event.

As one of the biggest prizes in world sport, the FIFA World Cup attracts billions of viewers, and next year, Qatar will become the smallest country ever to host the event.

But as the World Cup draws closer, human rights organisations are voicing their concerns about the unseen cost of preparing for such a globally anticipated event.

Human Rights Watch Australia Director Elaine Pearson says treatment of migrant workers in Qatar cannot be ignored.

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