MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s openly gay Sports Minister Mikel Iseta said on Monday that Qatar will welcome people from all over the world for the World Cup, boosting freedom and tolerance. By doing so, human rights in Qatar will be improved.
Qatar is the first Middle Eastern country selected by the World Football Federation to host the World Cup, but the small, energy-rich nation faces intense pressure due to its treatment of foreign workers and restrictive social laws. is exposed to
Under pressure from European football’s governing body FIFA, the captains of seven European teams have withdrawn plans to wear armbands symbolizing diversity and tolerance.
Iseta said he wanted players to be allowed to wear them, but added that the decision by the private sector should be respected.
The minister said he would travel to Qatar to support Spain if the team made progress in the tournament, but did not reveal whether he would wear armbands.
“I am gay. increase.”
Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and carries a prison sentence.
Iseta said raising awareness about human rights and adhering to the rules set by international bodies are “perfectly compatible”.
Organizers have repeatedly said they welcome everyone, but Human Rights Watch said LGBT people were arrested just before the World Cup.
Reported by Emma Pinedo.Editing by David Latona
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