Qatar, heavily criticized for its history of human rights violationsabstained this Thursday in a vote at the UN Human Rights Council that condemned violence against protests in Iran.
The tiny Gulf state, which sits on the 47-member Council in Geneva, abstained in a vote on the establishment of an international inquiry into the deadly crackdown of the Iranian authorities against the demonstrators in the country.
The resolution, which condemns the authorities and calls for evidence of abuses to be collected with a view to prosecuting those responsible, was approved by 25 votes in favour, with six against and 16 abstentions🇧🇷
Qatar, which is currently hosting the FIFA World Cup, occupies one of 13 Asia-Pacific seats on the Council, having been elected by the UN General Assembly for a three-year term, from 2022 to 2024.
In recent years, Doha and Tehran have enjoyed strong political ties that contrast with Iran’s difficult relations with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Preparations for the World Cup were dominated by concerns over Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers, women and the LGBTQIA+ communitymuch to the discomfort of tournament organizers.
Since then, several teams have symbolically protested the country’s laws.
Among the states whose teams participate in the tournament, Argentina, United Kingdom (England, Wales), France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, South Korea and the United States voted in favor of opening an international investigation in Iran. United.
Qatar was joined by the Brazil, Cameroon and Senegal in the field of abstentions.