Qatar’s ruler stated on Tuesday that criticism over his nation’s internet hosting of the FIFA World Cup was “slander”.
“Since we had the honour of internet hosting the World Cup, Qatar has been the goal of an unprecedented marketing campaign that no different host nation has suffered,” stated Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, chief of the tiny Gulf state.
FIFA controversially awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar in 2010, with Qatar’s rulers spending tens of billions of euros on the occasion which is able to happen from 20 November to 18 December.
The energy-rich, Center Jap nation has been repeatedly criticised over the therapy of migrant staff, ladies and the LGBT+ neighborhood within the run-up to the World Cup, which is costing €6.84 billion.
On Monday, the NGO Human Rights Watch claimed that Qatar’s safety forces have arbitrarily arrested lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender individuals, subjecting them to violence and ill-treatment in detention.
On Tuesday, veteran UK-based activist Peter Tatchell was questioned by police after staging a protest over the nation’s therapy of the LGBT neighborhood in entrance of Qatar’s Nationwide Museum.
Qatar denied claims he was arrested and stated the allegations have been “fully false.”
Deaths, alleged exploitation and abuses of migrants — largely from South East Asia and East Africa — working in building are additionally below the highlight of human rights organisations and the media.
Qatar launched labour protections and ended the kafala system, which prevents immigrant labourers from altering jobs, in response to those criticisms.
However some observers have questioned the effectiveness of those adjustments, with the minimal wage amounting to only over €1 an hour and doubts whether or not reforms to the kafala system occurred in actuality.
“Initially, we handled this topic in good religion, and we even thought-about that sure criticisms have been constructive and helpful, serving to us to develop elements which needs to be developed”, stated Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani in Doha on Tuesday.
“However it quickly grew to become clear to us that the marketing campaign persists, expands, there’s slander and double requirements, reaching a degree of relentlessness that has left many questioning, sadly, on the true causes and motivations of this marketing campaign,” he added.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino stated lately that the Qatar World Cup, the primary to be held in an Arab nation, could be the “greatest ever”.