As the World Cup is set to kick off in Doha this weekend, the pop start took to Instagram to call out the host country for its lack of human rights practices.
As the World Cup is set to begin on Sunday, British pop star Dua Lipa took to her Instagram stories to deny rumors that she would be performing at the opening ceremonies. As of right now, BTS's Jung Kook and Robbie Williams are scheduled to perform, with The Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin also committed to perform at other events throughout the World Cup.
Why are people protesting the World Cup in Qatar?
According to an Instagram post by Diet Prada, "In February 2021, The Guardian reported that 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died since Qatar won the bid in December 2010. Though the deaths are not categorized by occupation, advocates believe it’s likely the causes were due to World Cup projects."
In addition to the human rights violations against immigrants in the country, Qatar also has a terrible history of anti-LGBTQ laws in place. According to the Human Dignity Trust, "Same-sex sexual activity is prohibited under the Penal Code 2004, which criminalises acts of 'sodomy' and 'sexual intercourse' between people of the same sex."
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