Qatar is forgetting that it cannot hide its sense of prejudices that are rooted in their religious belief system. Earlier it was the human atrocities levied on workers employed from other nationalities. Now, it is a discrimination against Israelis, Egyptians, and LGBTQ people ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in this Gulf monarchy.
It is becoming exceedingly clear that Qatar finds it extremely difficult to adhere to any kinds of codes of conduct, especially when it comes to human rights. The royal family of the Emir has been known to violate human rights by torturing and withholding staff members. Qatar has been known to misuse workers and withhold bonuses and even pay them less than daily wages.
It has been brought out in the open that in this instance the Qatar regime is falling short of adhering to the Codes of Ethics set down by FIFA or International Federation of Association Football. This has been revealed by Cornerstone Global Associates, a prominent British consulting company that mentioned it its 12-page report that “FIFA World Cup 2022: Reputational risk and sponsorship,” that “banning fans based on nationality is a clear breach of the FIFA Code of Ethics.”
It was further revealed that since June 2019, Israeli citizens were not being able to apply for visas to visit Qatar because the Qatari official website fails to enlist Israel as a country where visas can be applied for. Strangely so, Akbar al-Baker, the CEO of Qatar Airways is also said to have made a public statement expressing his thought that “Qatar would not issue visas to “its enemies.” He is said to be referring to Egyptians.
Qatar is one of the rare Islamic regimes where practicing or following homosexuality is a criminal offense declared so by its International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) in which under article 258 of Qatar’s legal code, such individuals are subject to a prison term of seven years for gay relations involving copulation.
Qatar’s criminal statute states that individuals can be sentenced to prison for “leading, instigating or seducing a male in any way to commit sodomy.”
While Hassan al-Thawadi, the head of the 2022 World Cup bid team and a Qatar national had shown great tolerance towards homosexual football players, and also mentioned that nationalities from all over the world were going to be welcomed in Qatar, the current picture shows a complete turn-around. The Cornerstone Report concludes by saying that an overlook of the incompatibility between Qatar Laws and FIFA’s Ethics could be a risky proposition for the players.