Ministers and parliament are divided over the government’s desire to send an official delegation to the World Cup in Qatar later this year, saying parliamentarians would send the wrong signal to the oil country.
But ministers are notoriously reluctant to insult Qatar amid its energy crisis. NOS reporting“We can accomplish more by working on concrete problems than by walking away,” Foreign Minister Wopke Hekstra said on Friday.
The World Cup kicks off on November 20, and Hoekstra said he expects the cabinet to make a final decision next week.
Said to be a championship venue secured by bribery FIFA officials have been controversial from the start. Qatar has no history of football, and tournaments traditionally held in the summer had to be postponed until the cooler winter months, disrupting the football season.
Human rights groups have also condemned Qatar’s dismal human rights record. An estimated 6,500 migrant workers hired to build stadiums from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar since winning the World Cup ten years ago. the guardian saidbut the actual death toll may be higher.
Last week, the local branch of Amsterdam’s D66 proposed that the city allow the game to be broadcast publicly only if there are breaks highlighting human rights violations. GroenLinks also made a similar call in Rotterdam. Eleven French cities, including Paris and Marseille, have announced that the game will not be shown on the big screen.
In April, the company sponsoring the Dutch national football team said it would not accompany the team, citing the human rights situation in the country. He explained the decision to award the country as follows:ridiculousDriven by purely commercial motives.
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