2022 tournament in Qatar: Amnesty does not want to boycott the World Cup

Tournament in Qatar in 2022
Amnesty does not want to boycott the World Cup

Qatar has been criticized for hosting the 2022 World Cup for human rights violations. Amnesty International, however, speaks out against a boycott and wants to use the attention at the World Cup. Even a professional player wants to point out grievances and hopes that interest will not go away after the World Cup.

The human rights organization Amnesty International speaks out against a boycott of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. However, the organization continues to refer to the major grievances in the emirate. “We want to use the international attention at the World Cup. It is now important that the reforms lead to long-term improvements beyond the World Cup,” Amnesty expert Lisa Salza told the newspapers of the Funke media group.

The World Cup host has been criticized for years because of the working conditions for foreign workers. The legal situation is still precarious, said Salza. “A big problem is that exploitative employers are not sanctioned by the government.” The government of Qatar had repeatedly rejected the criticism and referred to reforms and changes.

Ex-national player Toni Kroos hopes that international attention will not diminish after the tournament (November 21 to December 18, 2022). “The fact is: The tournament will take place. The question is how you want to deal with it. I think you should try to give the tournament the largest possible stage to point out the grievances in the country,” Kroos told the portal “t- online.de “. “But please not only before and during the tournament, but also afterwards.”

It shouldn’t happen “that the problems in Qatar are discussed before the tournament and until the day of the World Cup final and then there is calm again,” said Kroos. “The media interest in Qatar must not go away when the footballers leave. That is important.”