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Qatar World Cup: A U-turn by Sadiq Khan, Amnesty International and LGB Alliance

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Sep-04 08:25 first published at 08:25 AM


Male homosexuality is punishable by death in Qatar, which is against the law. Critics slammed the Mayor’s apparent U-turn last night. Furthermore, it is estimated that up to 6,500 migrant laborers died while constructing World Cup venues. It’s infuriating that countries with appalling human rights records are permitted to use London’s iconic buses to ‘whitewash the harm they cause.’ Despite Mayor Sadiq Khan’s ban on promoting countries with a poor human rights record, advertisements for the Qatar World Cup have been plastered all over London buses. The Daily Mail reported last week that David Beckham describes Qatar as “perfection” in a promotional video (pictured). ↯↯↯ The World Cup logo and its official mascot, ‘La’eeb’ – Arabic for’super-skilled player’ – appear in the bus advertisement. However, advertisements for November’s contentious competition have now appeared on some London buses. Mr Khan’s office declined to comment, but TfL stated that the advertisement was placed by Fifa, the world governing body of football. Amnesty International UK’s Peter Frankental stated, ‘The World Cup has provided Qatar with a global platform to sportswash its image.’ The ex-footballer, 47, has been chastised for his multi-million pound contract to be the nation’s face. Transport for London (TfL) suspended new advertisements from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Qatar in 2019 after its chairman, Mr. Khan, requested that the company “examine how it conducts advertising and sponsorship from countries with anti-LGBT+ legislation.” ‘TfL’s pledge not to accept money from homophobic regimes appears to have been written in sand,’ said Kate Barker of the LGB Alliance, which advocates for the rights of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. The bus advertisement features the World Cup logo and its official mascot, ‘La’eeb,’ which means’super-skilled player’ in Arabic. Navigation after the jump Fifa did not respond to an interview request. TDPel Media has more information on the subject. The Daily Mail revealed last week that in a promotional video, David Beckham describes Qatar as “perfection,” despite well-documented human rights violations.

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