Human Rights Watch has published a reporters guide for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar ©Getty Images

Human Rights Watch has published a reporters' guide to help support journalists to cover the issues that have overshadowed the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The 42-page guide entitled "Qatar: FIFA World Cup 2022 - Human Rights Guide for Reporters" summarises all of the organisation's concerns regarding Qatar's preparations for and hosting of the 2022 edition of the tournament.

It also sets out broader problems with protecting human rights in the Middle Eastern country.

These issues are broken down across several specified topics, with particular attention being paid to the treatment of migrant workers that is linked to the preparation of the competition.

This includes the range of alleged abuses, deaths, and gaps in the current compensation scheme.

The document also draws focus on other human rights problems in Qatar, such as the discrimination against women and LGBT people, the criminalisation of non-marital and same-sex relations and restrictions on freedom of expression.

Human Rights Watch has listed excerpts from FIFA human rights policy, compiled together the recommendations it has made to FIFA and the Qatari authorities, and provided its relevant media contacts.

"The World Cup draws immense international media and fan attention, but the tournament's dark side is overshadowing football," said Minky Worden, director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch.

"The 2022 World Cup's legacy will depend on whether Qatar remedies with FIFA the deaths and other abuses of migrant workers who built the tournament, carries out recent labour reforms, and protects human rights for all in Qatar - not just for visiting fans and footballers."

He added: "Qatar, FIFA and sponsors still have an opportunity to salvage the tournament's legacy by remedying the migrant rights abuses associated with the World Cup and adopting reforms to improve protections for women, LGBT people, and migrant groups – not just during the World Cup but beyond.

"Journalists can help ensure these crucial issues come to light."

The Qatar 2022 World Cup is set to take place between November 20 and December 18.