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“Everyone is welcome in Qatar”: it is with these words that Nasser Al Khater, general manager of the 2022 Soccer World Cup in this country, wished to calm the controversy over the acceptance of people from the community LGBTQ+ who would like to come and support their team. In view of the situation there for the people of the country, it is quite the opposite.
In his attempt to appease one of the controversies among many others which surrounding the organization and holding of the Soccer World Cup in this country on the Arabian Peninsula, Mr. Al Khater was able to explain that “beyond public expressions of affection, everyone is free to live their life”.
On the other hand, the English site inewstaught us otherwise. In fact, the LGBTQ+ community there is absolutely not free to live their lives and are even subject to state abuse that would amount to crimes in Canada.
The homosexuality constitutes a crime punishable by the sanctions provided for by Sharia law in this country. With the Soccer World Cup fast approaching, the country is trying at all costs to hide this reality from the many visitors who will be present.
Harassment, physical and sexual assault, rape, mutilation and kidnapping schemes through online dating apps… these are some examples of what a person from the Qatari LGBTQ+ community, or from a country which is not a great power, if it gets caught in Qatar.
The head of the survey and many associations are concerned about the possibility of visitors to Qatar experiencing the same fate as this community. It is true that the operation of the security services is not reassuring.
Visitors would have nothing to fear, according to Nasser Mohammed, the only Qatari LGBTQ+ personality to have come out and living far from his country, in Los Angeles.
On the other hand, although a visitor risks nothing, citizens could be inflicted with the various abuses mentioned above, according to Mr. Mohammed.
Using the comparison, the journalist responsible for the investigation, Patrick Strudwick, also takes as an example an ad featuring soccer legend David Beckham.
This ad features the former Real Madrid and Manchester United player aboard a boat sailing at high speeding along the coast of Doha, the capital of Qatar, which explains that Qataris are proud of their culture and the fusion of tradition and modernity, and which touts the country as beautiful, magical and welcoming.
In opposition, the journalist explains that it is quite the opposite for the various sources which allowed him to carry out his investigation. It would even be dangerous to speak anonymously about one's sexual situation as a minority because of the omnipresence in all strata of society and in all communication channels of the Ministry of Preventive Security, an Orwellian type moral police.< /p>
Anyone can be arrested by this police, and the severity of the abuse suffered will depend on where that person is from.
The investigation also presents several testimonies such as that of a bisexual female person who explains that she was beaten several times until she lost consciousness until she signed a document where she swore that she was abandoning all immoral practices. He also mentions the existence of multiple conversion camps for people from the LGBTQ+ community, something Qatar has so far denied.
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If this kind of practice is not unique to Qatar (Arab countries like Egypt also practice this kind of atrocity), it is part of the set of controversies with which Qatar has had to live since the attribution of the Soccer World Cup on December 2, 2010.
Suspicions of bought votes and bribes paid to members of the management committee of the International Soccer Federation (FIFA), foreign workers who died by the thousands in inhuman conditions on the construction sites of the stadiums of the tournament, etc., the organization of this edition suffers from numerous scandals which threaten to tarnish the reputation of the most followed competition in the world, the most practiced sport on the planet.
As for the controversies concerning the people of the LGBTQ+ community on the spot and who will be visitors to the tournament, they were also numerous. Recently, the UK Foreign Secretary urged sexually diverse people to self-control and “keep a low profile” during the competition.
The FIFA World Cup will take place from November 20 to December 18, 2022 in Qatar.