April 13, 2024


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Qatar's emir slams 'defamation' campaign against World Cup hosts

Qatar’s emir slams ‘defamation’ campaign against World Cup hosts

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Qatar has been strike by an “unprecedented campaign” of criticism more than preparations for the football Entire world Cup, its ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said Tuesday, describing intercontinental scrutiny of the Gulf state’s human rights record as “defamation”.

“Since we received the honour of internet hosting the Entire world Cup, Qatar has been subjected to an unprecedented marketing campaign that no host country has confronted,” the emir said in a speech.

FIFA awarded the Entire world Cup to Qatar in 2010 and it has since expended tens of billions of dollars on preparations.

But the electrical power-abundant Gulf point out has faced consistent scrutiny around its procedure of international staff as very well as LGBTQ and women’s rights.

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“We initially dealt with the make a difference in superior religion, and even thought of that some criticism was optimistic and beneficial, supporting us to establish areas that have to have to be made,” the emir explained to Qatar’s legislative council.

“But it before long became obvious to us that the campaign carries on, expands and includes defamation and double criteria, until finally it arrived at an total of ferocity that built quite a few marvel, sad to say, about the genuine motives and motives guiding this campaign,” he said.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said the Qatar Entire world Cup, the 1st in an Arab nation, will be the “ideal at any time”.

However, issues about exploitation of migrant workers have showcased prominently in the global media in the operate-up to the match, though environmental activists have slammed the decision to stage the celebration in air-conditioned stadiums.

Amnesty Global and Human Rights Watch shone a mild on mistreatment of individuals setting up a stadium in a 2016 report titled “Qatar Earth Cup of Shame”.

The Guardian adopted up in 2021 with an investigation acquiring that at least 6,751 migrant workers died in Qatar from 2010 to 2020.

In this context, numerous French metropolitan areas which include Paris declared they will boycott the Entire world Cup and will not set up the usual lover zones for persons to view the matches exterior on big screens – even although France are the defending champions.

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In Germany, the Berlin council also introduced that their well-known lover zone subsequent to the Brandenburg gate will not be there this time – even more demonstrating a lack of enthusiasm for the event.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)