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Human Rights Recommendations Prior to 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

The protection of everybody’s fundamental right to sport, human rights, social peace, cultural diversity, and national cultural protection along with many other recommendations were made by the First Human Rights Forum in Doha, which kicked off on September 12.

 The first national forum on human rights, organized by the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), has kicked off on Monday and dealt with 11 working papers over the duration of two days.

 The forum have discussed the role of law enforcement institutions in protecting human rights during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The forum exemplified the efforts put by every single state institution as part of their preparations for the World Cup and ways to integrate sports into the culture of human rights.

 NHRC Chairperson H E Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah stressed that “the objective of the forum is to raise awareness of the need to have a human rights approach in the work of law enforcement institutions, as part of national efforts put in order to facilitate the success of the tournament, as well as to enrich the Qatari human rights practice in dealing with the World Cup.”

For her part, director of the United Nations Center for Training and Documentation in the Field of Human Rights for Southwest Asia and the Arab Region, Dr. Abeer Al-Khraisha, stressed the importance of the forums topics “especially since the rule of law and respect for laws and legislations are an integral part of stability, security, and social peace in any country.”

Therefore, we affirm that a balance is required between respect for the human rights of all participants in the World Cup in Qatar, especially the public, and law enforcement institutions carrying out their responsibilities in protecting security and social peace.

We also stress that sports is one of the fundamental principles of promoting human development, healthy lifestyles, and safety at all ages.

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