New York – Wednesday 09/21/2022 12:23 p.m
In a speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Qatar’s Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani once again emphasized that all fans are welcome to the upcoming World Cup without discrimination.
“The people of Qatar will welcome football fans from all walks of life with open arms,” he said in New York on Tuesday (local time).
Shortly before, the human rights organization Human Rights Watch had warned homosexual soccer fans against traveling to the Gulf state for the World Cup. It’s best to leave it alone, said Wenzel Michalski, Germany director of Human Rights Watch. Although he doesn’t think much will happen because the whole world will be watching, Michalski said – but there is no guarantee. In Qatar, homosexuality is illegal and punishable by up to seven years in prison.
The World Cup starts on November 20th and lasts until December 18th. Qatar has also been repeatedly criticized for systematic human rights violations and the exploitation of migrants. The government has denied the allegations and is citing pro-worker reforms.