A country that violates human rights should not host the World Cup.

By Thorri Gunnarsson

The 2022 World Cup starts in just a few days in Qatar and it is fair to say people's opinion on it is divided.

Since it was announced 10 years ago that the 2022 World Cup would be in Qatar, over 6500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died building the stadiums.

It has also been known for a long time that countries in the middle east violate human rights on a daily basis with women and the LGBTQ community taking the worst hits.

For example women in Qatar must obtain permission from their male guardians to marry, study abroad on government scholarships, work in many government jobs, travel abroad until certain ages, receive some forms of reproductive health care and to act as a child's primary guardian, even when they are divorced.

Not only are women forced to cover their shoulders and not wearing short skirts, in all of the middle east countries, gay sex is illegal and Qatar has been accused by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) of arresting and abusing people of the LGBTQ community.

Kit manufacturer Hummel released the new Denmark kits for the World Cup. On the kit the Danish team logo and the Hummel brand are barely visible as a protest. In a statement following the release Hummel said "we don't wish to be visible during a tournament that has cost thousands of people their lives".
I think that is a good way of protesting and showing that a lot of people agree that Qatar should not host the World Cup just because they offered FIFA the most amount of money.

As well as the obvious argument that the World Cup should not be in Qatar because of their human rights record, I think the fact that they are not hosting it in the summertime like every other World Cup in history is a little bit disrespectful to the tradition of the World Cup. It is also completely understandable why it is in the wintertime because at that time the temperature in Qatar is “only” 25C, but in the summertime it is between 40C and 50C. For me the climate is just another reason to not host the tournament in Qatar.