The Emir of Qatar deplores an unprecedented defamation campaign since his organization of the World Cup.
Published on 26.10.2022
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, said on Tuesday 25 October that “Qatar, since hosting the World Cup, has been the subject of an unprecedented campaign”, noting that in beginning, he faced the problem in good faith.
In his speech at the opening of the second session of the first legislature, corresponding to the 51st annual session of the Qatari Shura Council, he had previously stressed that the World Cup that the country will host represents a “historic event and a great humanitarian opportunity.
According to him, “the campaign against us since the organization of the World Cup has become so fierce that many have questioned the reasons and motives. »
Reports have been coming out for some time, of the abuses suffered by the workers of the project hosting the next World Cup.
Amnesty International is among those to publish a report criticizing Qatar’s treatment of World Cup project workers. She focused on the issue of late payment of wages, unsafe working conditions and the deaths of thousands of people without investigation.
Last February, the British newspaper The Guardian reported that more than 6,500 migrant workers had died in Qatar during preparations for the World Cup.
The Qatari government responded to these reports by saying, “Qatar is very proud of the labor reforms it has passed. Few countries have been able to achieve so much progress so quickly.” He felt that Qatar has become “a leader in the region” in the field of workers’ rights.
Calls for a boycott of the World Cup in Qatar have also been launched, but FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in March that they would not lead to any results.
In a press release, he said, “You can’t change anything until you start a dialogue. It has always been so. Qatar has already achieved great successes in the field of human rights in recent years. Maybe football and the upcoming World Championship contributed to that. I look forward to a wonderful world championship”.
Note that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will start on November 20 and will continue until December 18.
In his speech, the Qatari prince also spoke about the energy issue in the world: “The rise in energy prices will contribute to transforming the Qatari budget deficit expected at the beginning of the year into a surplus of around 47.3 billion riyals in the first half of the year,” he said, stressing that his country is working to “address the energy crises” in the world in coordination with its partners.