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World Cup Puts Qatar’s Human Rights Issues in the Spotlight

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By MENA Program Coordinator

11/25/2022 Qatar (International Christian Concern) – Qatar is hosting the FIFA 2022 World Cup and as a result many human rights issues in the country have been brought to the spotlight. While FIFA has claimed to make efforts to promote human rights, this does not seem to be the case while the world cup continues from November 20th-December 18th, 2022.

There are two main groups of Christian in this country, those of migrant background and MBB’s. Both groups face persecution, and this has been an issue for many years. Many Christians are arrested on Blasphemy laws which “ban speech or actions considered to be ‘contemptuous of God or of people or objects considered sacred.” Many such laws are vague and applied selectively. Apostasy laws ban “the act of abandoning one’s faith.” ICC’s report on these laws goes into more depth on the issues surrounding them.

While many people are enjoying the World Cup, there are greater issues that the Christian population in Qatar are facing and is now becoming widely known because of the publicity surrounding the event.

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Source: Persecution.