With the World Cup kicking off in Qatar two months later, exploitation, fear of the LGBTIQ+ community and lack of compensation for migrant workers remain rampant. A startling scene occurs at the DFB Human Rights Conference.
“I am a man and I love other men.” With these words, CEO Dario Mindenour curve“Directly to Qatar’s Ambassador to Germany, Abdullah Mohamed Al-Thani, on behalf of the many nationally organized football fans at the DFB Human Rights Conference on Monday.” Please – I’m having sex with another man “Continue” It’s normal. Get used to it or stay away from football. The most important rule in football is because football belongs to everyone. ”
The World Cup will be held in Qatar in two months. The human rights situation in the Gulf Emirates remains poor, with abuses weighing heavily on the tournament. While Minden focuses on the dangers to his local LGBTIQ+ community, human rights groups offer hefty reparations for workers killed, injured, exploited or lost wages building World Cup infrastructure. are repeatedly asked for. The DFB also wants to take action, but will it remain a statement or is the association sending a real signal?
Human Rights Watch also warned gay football fans against traveling to Qatar on Tuesday. Wenzel Michalski, the German director of the Schwäbisch Zeitung, said it was best left alone. The message from Qatar to its guests and tourists to stick to the country’s traditions can be understood as “a warning presented in an attractive way,” Michalski said, resonating: ”
“Homosexuality deserves death”
Article 285 of the Qatari Penal Code states that “anyone who has slept with a man over the age of 16 without force, coercion or disguise shall be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years.” Islamic law allows flogging and even the death penalty.
“I’m openly part of the LGBTQ community and I don’t know anyone who joins it,” Minden, who adamantly refuses to travel to Qatar, told ntv.de. “For those still thinking, the fact that no credible statement has come out of Qatar that anti-queer laws will be suspended, even during the weeks of the tournament, certainly speaks against it.” When invited to a house party, Minden draws a comparison, saying that although there are “anti-gay posters in the living room, everyone is just celebrating today and not doing any anti-gay behavior at all. Still goodbye.” say.”
Local homosexuals are even more miserable. Qatar’s LGBTIQ+ community fears violence, surveillance (not all stadiums have cameras) and prosecution after the World Cup is over. At the DFB meeting, the ambassador revisited the fan representative’s speech in the ensuing discussion behind closed doors. , you should decide for yourself. No one will be discriminated against,” says Minden. It’s not just a matter of four weeks for him in the World Cup. “I don’t use it. But that’s not enough. There are enough independent reports to show how badly the situation deviates from Qatar’s outspoken standards. It’s a big mess.”
Dead “So that we can cheer together”
Qatar’s ambassador Al Thani admitted on Monday that the situation was “still not perfect” and called for Qatar to be treated fairly as a World Cup host, comparing it to Russia, the host of the 2018 tournament. It’s kind of ‘Whataboutism,'” says Minden. But “Eurocentrism, pointing fingers and sometimes slanderous views of the West in the Arabian Peninsula” does not help either. Western countries are partially responsible for the situation in Qatar. Because the West is not good enough to counter the “global machine of exploitation”, and only then will many foreign workers from their own country “kaffala, Qatar’s precarious and potentially cruel It’s because you enter the system.
Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Fairsquare continue to demand that FIFA and Qatar compensate workers for their exploitation when workers, or at least their families, die in Bangladesh, Nepal and the Philippines. , so far nothing has happened. The two are not arguing over money. Human rights groups are now calling on World Cup partners and sponsors to increase pressure on world associations and emirates.They reportedly wrote letters to 14 World Cup sponsors and partners asking them to take action. However, only four received a promise of support for such financial compensation.
Shadow of abuse. At least 6,500 migrant workers lost their lives building $220 billion worth of World Cup infrastructure, including stadiums, airports, roads, public transport, and about 100 hotels. Craig Foster, former captain of the Australian national football team, said:sydney morning herald“About 39 lives were lost” for each goal scored, based on the 169 goals scored in Russia’s World Cup. Amnesty International reports 15,000 workers have died since the tournament Reforms in the country have not been enough for human rights groups and come after thousands have died.
“Sometimes you have to sacrifice profits.”
Are German national team and DFB officials thinking of the deceased’s family when they arrive, when they celebrate a goal, when they lift the World Cup trophy into the evening sky? Do kickers have a duty to speak up for families who are struggling to be able to play?
The DFB was of course involved in the process of awarding the tournament to Qatar, but the association has long been taciturn about human rights and avoided making clear statements. DFB president Bernd Neuendorf said in parliament on Monday that a “working center” should be set up that workers can turn to in the event of violations by employers. Neuendorf also called for the establishment of a fund for workers killed or injured in the construction of World Cup stadiums. FIFA is responsible for this.
important words. But does it stop at such statements, such demands? “It can be difficult with statements because you have to support them with attitudes and actions when the going gets tough,” he says. Sometimes not.” Minden understands footballers who want to focus on the tournament. But “they make money from the World Cup made by blatant exploitation. For all the euros that come to you through the tournament, you should think: is it right to accept this euro under the circumstances?” , or should it bring better benefits?” Disenfranchised? ”
Do you have a strong DFB sign?
Even with the World Cup in Qatar starting two months later, the shadow of abuse weighing more and more on the tournament, a chance to send a strong signal to the national team, even if it is well delayed. is still there. As Joshua Kimmich said on Tuesday, it’s too late to boycott. But a Bayern pro and DFB-elf colleague has announced a World Cup bonus with a fund specially set up to ensure the suffering continues. If so, what a great symbol and what a relief for the suffering workers and their families!
If that happens within the next two months, the team could focus entirely on football after this signing at the World Cup. ” continues to be a “prime example of ”,” Dario Minden explained to ntv.de, adding that football must ask itself ”which karts are available and whether refinement of the desired image is a must?” must be arrived at.”
Deaths of foreign workers, human rights abuses and persecution of the LGBTIQ+ community: At a DFB meeting, Minden told the association and Qatar’s ambassador that he was ashamed to be a football lover. He said, “We were ashamed of our beloved sport being at the top. Whether it’s the bloody exploitation that goes on just to make football tournaments possible.” and will be on the ground in Qatar to make some energy deals. Let’s see if he finds such clear words about the human rights situation as well.