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Qatar’s Emir launches unprecedented criticism of FIFA World Cup


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Qatar’s Emir launches unprecedented criticism of FIFA World Cup

Qatar’s Emir launches unprecedented criticism of FIFA World Cup

Qatar has spent billions of dollars building stadiums and other infrastructure for the World Cup, including the Doha Metro. But the small Arab nation of… 25.10.2022, Sputnik International

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On Tuesday, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, denounced the “unprecedented” wave of criticism the country has faced since winning the right to host the first-ever FIFA World Cup. football in the Arab world. “defamatory”, “fabricated” and “full of double standards” campaign. Sheikh Tamim added that the campaign against Qatar included “such fierce fabrications and double standards that it has unfortunately made many people question the real reasons and motives behind the campaign. “Western media and organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have harshly criticized alleged abuses of foreign workers in Qatar, while highlighting allegations of mistreatment filed by LGBTQ people. According to foreign media, there has been a Widespread oppression of migrant workers in the country: not only were they underpaid, but they also faced inhumane living conditions on construction sites during the construction of stadiums for the biggest football spectacles in the world. As far as LGBTQ issues are concerned, same-sex relations are officially illegal in Qatar: if someone of a faith other than Islam is caught red-handed, they face a prison sentence of up to three years; the person is Muslim, it could result in the death penalty.

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Qatar has spent billions of dollars to build stadiums and other infrastructure for the World Cup, including the Doha Metro. But the tiny Arab nation of 1.6 million has often been criticized for its record on LGBTQ and women’s rights, as well as its treatment of foreign workers, including from India and Nepal.

On Tuesday, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, denounced the “unprecedented” wave of criticism the country has faced since winning the right to host the first-ever World Cup. football in the Arab world.

Sheikh Tamim went on to call the campaign “defamatory”, “fabricated” and “full of double standards”.

“Since winning the honor of hosting the World Cup, Qatar has been subjected to an unprecedented campaign that no host country has ever faced,” the Emir of Qatar said in a speech. televised to the nation.

Sheikh Tamim added that the campaign against Qatar included “fabrications and double standards which were so fierce that they unfortunately made many people question the real reasons and motives behind the campaign”.

A Qatari folk art group welcomes tourists to the port of Doha during the launch of a new temporary passenger terminal as Qatar strives to increase the number of cruise ships calling at the Gulf state, in the Qatari capital Doha, on October 22, 2019. - Sputnik International , 1920, 20.10.2022

One month before the World Cup: How Western media demonize Qatar

Western media and organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have harshly denounced alleged abuses of foreign workers in Qatar, while highlighting allegations of mistreatment filed by LGBTQ people.

According to foreign media, there was widespread oppression of migrant workers in the country: not only were they underpaid, but they also had to face inhumane living conditions on construction sites while building stadiums. for the greatest football spectacle in the world.

When it comes to LGBTQ issues, same-sex relationships are officially illegal in Qatar: if someone of a faith other than Islam is caught red-handed, they face a prison sentence of up to three years; if the person is Muslim, it could result in the death penalty.

Despite the criticism, FIFA chief Gianni Infantino recently said the World Cup in Qatar would be the “best ever”.



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