Dhe human rights organization Amnesty International rejects a boycott of the soccer World Cup planned for the end of 2022 in Qatar. Amnesty expert Lisa Salza told the newspapers of the Funke media group that her organization wanted to “use the international attention at the World Cup”.
The human rights activist called the Qatari reform programs of the past years inadequate in dealing with migrant workers. The rights of these migrants are still “precarious”. A big problem is that “exploitative employers are not sanctioned by the government”. The reforms must “lead to long-term improvements” beyond the World Cup, demanded Salza.
Boycott debate fueled by Baerbock
The debate about the World Cup in Qatar was recently re-fueled by comments from the Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock. She brought a cancellation of the tournament into play. In addition to the problematic human rights situation in the Gulf state, the background is also the controversial relationship between the Qatari government and the radical Islamic Taliban in Afghanistan.
Baerbock said in the ARD summer interview broadcast on Sunday that if Qatar continues to support the Taliban as it has before and contribute to human rights violations, the tournament could not take place. For his part, Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet said on Bild-TV: “I think Qatar is not a good place for a soccer World Cup.”
CSU Vice Manfred Weber had also questioned the World Cup in Qatar in the newspapers of the Funke media group. Weber, too, called for a discussion on Qatar’s relationship with the Taliban and said: “Everyone who works with us and organizes such a big event as the World Cup must also ask questions about the rule of law and human rights.”