Friedrichshafen – Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 6:53 p.m
The human rights organization Human Rights Watch has warned gay football fans not to travel to Qatar for the World Cup.
It’s best to leave it alone, said Wenzel Michalski, Germany director of Human Rights Watch, on Tuesday at the Bodensee Business Forum of the “Schwäbische Zeitung” in Friedrichshafen.
The message from Qatar to guests and tourists to stick to the country’s traditions can be understood as a “charmingly presented warning”, said Michalski, which resonates: “If you live it out like in Berlin-Schoeneberg, then we will think of something.”
He doesn’t think much will happen because the whole world will be watching, Michalski said – and that Western homosexual fans can watch football there as long as they respect Qatar’s customs. “But there is no guarantee.”
Local homosexuals were also in great danger; they were threatened with criminal sanctions after the World Cup. Michalski spoke of total surveillance in the country. There are cameras everywhere in the stadiums. In Qatar, homosexuality is illegal and punishable by up to seven years in prison.