Lisbon urges city councillors NOT to accept invitations to Qatar World Cup
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Lisbon urges city councillors NOT to accept invitations to Qatar World Cup

World Cup “already considered humanitarian and environmental disaster”

Lisbon City Council has approved a motion by the LIVRE party condemning alleged human rights violations in the organisation of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, recommending that representatives of the municipality “not accept invitations” to travel to the country.

In the public meeting of the municipal executive last night, LIVRE councillor, Carlos Teixeira, replacing the elected Rui Tavares, said it is estimated that “about 6,750 workers” have died in the organisation of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, “although the real number may be higher since the Qatari government does not perform autopsies on migrant workers (…) 

In addition to already being a recognised humanitarian disaster, the tournament also promises to be an environmental disaster,” warned Carlos Teixeira, noting that despite FIFA’s promises that this would be the first carbon-neutral World Cup, Qatar is one of the largest ‘per capita’ carbon dioxide emitting countries, aggravated by the construction of new stadiums, as well as new cities and means of transport.

Also included in last night’s vote was approval for the sending of a message to the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) urging it to take a public stance against the history of human rights violations in Qatar in the context of hosting the 2022 World Cup.

“Football is a global sport that generates the most intense passions and inspires dreams in many young people seeking to dedicate themselves professionally to the game. To associate this tournament with a country with a history of serious human rights violations is to allow us to turn a blind eye to the racism, xenophobia, discrimination and prejudice that we have been fighting so hard in Portugal and within the European Union,” read the motion.

LIVRE also pointed out that, in addition to gender inequalities, “Qatar’s laws are clear and call for total discrimination and violence against the LGBTQI+ community”.

Source: LUSA