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One Love campaign not enough to address Qatar’s issues ahead of World Cup, insist human rights campaigners

Human rights campaigners have criticized the Football Association’s (FA) One Love campaign, saying it is not enough to address inequality and discrimination in Qatar.

England captain Harry Kane will wear a One Love multi-coloured armband at this month’s Nations League games and the World Cup in Qatar as part of a campaign to “promote inclusion and send a message against discrimination of any kind”.

The initiative was started by the Netherlands and is supported by England, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales, whose captains will wear armbands in Qatar.

Homosexuality is criminalized in the Gulf State, which has been accused of widespread human rights abuses, particularly of migrant workers, since the World Cup was awarded in 2010.

Amnesty International UK’s Felix Jakens said: “It is welcome that the FA is actively seeking to promote inclusion and anti-discrimination, and it is important that this extends to the World Cup.

“The FA’s pledge to support efforts to address the abuse of thousands of foreign workers in Qatar may be important, but we still need to see whether it is taken seriously either by the Qatari authorities or by FIFA. Is.

“Human rights issues have affected preparations for this World Cup, and we are previously disappointed by the FA’s austerity and over-optimistic statements about ‘progress’ in Qatar.

“The deaths of unexplained migrant workers, workers being cheated with their wages and others working too long are just some of the issues Qatar’s patch-enforced labor laws have still failed to address. .

“Today’s announcement is welcome, but the FA now specifically needs to support the FIFA Compensation Fund for abused workers and the families of those killed for the World Cup.”

Human rights campaigner Peter Tachel called One Love’s slogan “too vague” and described the statement accompanying the FA as “an embarrassment”.

“England Football’s public statement does not address specific discrimination against Qatari women and LGBT+ people,” Tachel said.

“It only mentions having LGBT+ fans and completely ignores restrictions on women’s rights.

“This statement misleadingly states that Qatar has made significant improvements in the conditions of migrant workers,” the statement said. It neglects to mention unpaid wages, overcrowded slum hostels, workers who still cannot change jobs and those who protested were recently arrested and deported. This statement is an embarrassment and whitewash.”

Liz Ward, program director of the LGBTQ+ organization Stonewall, said: “We must remember that Qatar is a country where LGBTQ+ people are persecuted simply for being themselves.

“Sadly, this year’s tournament isn’t safe for everyone, which is why it’s so important to see Harry Kane, along with many other captains, pledge to wear an anti-discrimination armband – even though Rainbow is still banned.” Is.

“It will take longer than armbands to end discrimination, but these are positive steps from the FA.”

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