David Beckham urged to focus on ‘human rights abuses’ in Qatar ambassador role


Amnesty International urged David Beckham to use his role as World Cup ambassador to Qatar to “speak out” about the “deeply worrying human rights situation” in the host country.

Earlier on Sunday, it was reported that Beckham had agreed to become Qatar’s ambassador who will see him be the face of next year’s World Cup.

Commenting on the reporting, Sacha Deshmukh, CEO of Amnesty International UK, said: “We urge (Beckham) to learn about the deeply concerning human rights situation in Qatar and be ready to speak out.

“It’s no surprise that David Beckham wants to be involved in such an important football event, but we urge him to learn about the deeply concerning human rights situation in Qatar and be ready to speak up.

“Qatar’s human rights record is troubling – from the country’s long-standing mistreatment of migrant workers to its restrictions on free speech and the criminalization of same-sex relationships. “

Qatar’s World Cup has come under scrutiny for the treatment of those working in stadium construction, as well as for the rights of women and LGBTQ + people in the country – homosexuality remains illegal.

Deshmukh added: “Qatar’s mistreatment of migrant workers – the people whose hard work makes the World Cup possible – is of particular concern.

“Despite some welcome reforms, migrant workers are still unpaid and authorities have failed to investigate thousands of deaths over the past decade despite evidence of links between premature deaths and unsafe and extremely dangerous working conditions. hot.

“More needs to be done to ensure that this World Cup leaves a positive legacy and transforms the human rights situation in Qatar. “

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