- The upcoming World Cup in Qatar will be unlike any other. It will be the first World Cup held in winter. The outside of the tournament will also be different than usual
- It is already known that only before some matches fans will have the opportunity to buy beer. In the case of matches scheduled for earlier hours, this will not be possible
- The law in Qatar is extremely restrictive, not least on the issue of alcohol. Relationships outside marriage are criminalized, even if sex occurred as a result of rape
- Thousands of soccer fans are in serious danger. If they report sexual assault, they can become victims of justice themselves. Even rape victims are flogged or imprisoned in Qatar
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The World Cup in Qatar from the beginning seemed to be a misplaced idea, and subsequent reports seem to confirm that FIFA made a fatal decision by the votes of its representatives, awarding the prestigious tournament to this country.
Thousands of soccer fans in danger?
During the preparations for the World Cup, up to 2,000 people were to die. 800 employees who had to work in inhumane conditions at temperatures that are deadly for the human body. Even before the FIFA decision, it was known that Qatar did not respect the rights of workers, women and sexual minorities. Due to the strict law, fans will not be able to buy beer during some World Cup matches, and if they do, they will have to go deep into their pockets due to the high prices.
Dramatic situations can arise during the World Cup. Fans from all over the world will come to the World Cup. The numbers show that stadiums are becoming places where sexual assault can occur. Thousands of female fans who intend to travel to a Muslim state in the Persian Gulf are warned that they face consequences if they report crimes committed against them.
About 100 convictions are recorded annually in Qatar for breaking sex and pregnancy laws outside of marriage. In many cases, rape victims have been punished when suspects claimed that sex was consensual. The injured women were sentenced to flogging with the whip.
Persian Gulf states with a shameful card
In 2016, the case of a 22-year-old Dutch woman who was brutally raped during her stay in Qatar was high-profile. Instead of punishing the perpetrators, the victim was convicted, receiving a £ 580 fine and a suspended year of imprisonment. In one of the nightclubs, she was drugged and attacked. After reporting the case, she was immediately arrested.
The regulations in Qatar are stricter than in Dubai, which also provided harrowing reports. A 20-year-old woman was raped by two British men who recorded the entire incident. After reporting the assault, the woman was arrested, her passport was taken away and accused of engaging in sex outside of marriage.
Radha Stirling has launched a special app to help fans traveling to the World Cup if they get into trouble. – The United Arab Emirates has a long history of punishing rape victims. It is still not safe enough for victims to report crimes to the police without risking punishment. Qatar is not yet a typical tourist destination and is even less tolerant than Dubai, she said.
– Qatar will be flooded with large numbers of tourists in a few weeks. There will inevitably be some culture shock. Rape victims await justice and are prosecuted themselves. The police not only annul their victimization, but also order them, added Stirling. – You go to the police and instead of being a victim you become an accused – admitted expert Amensty International May Romanos.
12 years ago, there were 100 accusations of sex outside of marriage. Currently, the data is no longer publicly available as the oil-rich emirate is doing everything it can to change its image in the global media by covering up inconvenient information. Legal experts warn that victims of sexual violence cannot even access basic services such as contraception without showing a marriage certificate.
According to the analysis, the number of sexual crimes increases in connection with the organization of sports events. In London’s Brent district, which includes Wembley, 72 sexual attacks were reported during the semifinals and finals of the last European Championship, the highest number in five years. In turn, in Seville, which also hosted Euro matches, 39 cases were recorded – 70%. more than during the normal holiday season.
FIFA tries to convince that football fans will feel safe in Qatar. Qatar protects and promotes women’s rights, and that extends to all women who come to the World Cup. Any fan who reports a sexual assault will have access to Qatar’s high-quality healthcare system, regardless of marital status, argues a spokesman for the International Football Federation.
The World Cup in Qatar will run from November 20 to December 18. The Polish national team will face Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Argentina in the group stage. FIFA activists, overwhelmed by a profit mania, awarded the organization of one of the largest sports events in the world to a country that does not respect fundamental human rights. The Qatar authorities are doing everything to show their best in the world media. David Beckham was hired as one of the ambassadors, and for his participation in the campaign to promote the host of the championship, he will gain 10 million pounds.
His eyesight deteriorated day by day. First in one eye. Activities in the hall, a ball hit in the face and Michał Globisz was in the hospital. Later, visibility in the other eye faded. Nevertheless, the deserved youth coach and educator can still be found in the stands of the stadium in Gdynia – he comes to the matches and his friends tell him what is happening on the pitch. In “X-ray”, the guardian of the gold medalists of the European Championships from years ago talks about learning a new life and setting the head at such an angle that the number of an oncoming trolleybus can be seen at the stop.
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