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Paris joins big screen boycott of Qatar World Cup over human rights claims

Paris won’t broadcast World Cup matches on large screens in public fan areas because of concerns about rights violations by migrant workers as well as the impact on the environment from the tournament in Qatar.

It is similar to other French cities’ moves, even though France was the defending champion.

Pierre Rabadan (Deputy Mayor of Paris) was responsible for sports. He said that the decision was due to “the conditions of the organization of this World Cup on both the environmental and the social level”.

In an interview with France Blue Paris, he stated that air-conditioned stadiums and the conditions in which they were built should be questioned.


While Mr Rabadan stated that Paris will not boycott the tournament, he explained that Qatar’s “model” of staging large events is contrary to what Paris, the host, wants to organize.

Despite the fact that Paris Saint-Germain is owned by Qatar Sports Investments, this move was made.

To protest Qatar’s human rights record, a growing number of French cities refuse to mount screens for broadcasting World Cup matches.

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Strasbourg, which is the European Parliament’s seat and the European Court of Human Rights, was the venue for the cancellation of public broadcasts of the World Cup. It was cited as the reason by the mayor of Strasbourg.

Jeanne Barseghian stated in a statement that “it’s impossible for me to ignore the many warnings about abuse and exploitation migrant workers from non-governmental organizations.”

“We can’t condone these abuses and we can’t turn a blindeye when human rights violations are committed.”

Image: The World Cup will be held in Qatar between November and December. Pic by AP

Arnaud Deslandes is a Lille deputy mayor who stated that the cancellation of public viewing of matches was done to convey to FIFA the irreparable harm caused by the Qatar tournament.

Deslandes stated in an interview to The Associated Press that “we want to show FIFA money isn’t everything.”

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He also spoke out about the reactions of residents to the decision. “I have yet met a Lille resident who was disappointed by our decisions.”

The treatment of migrants from South Asia who were required to build the roads, stadiums and hotels in this gas-rich emirate has been criticized.

Qatar denies these allegations and has repeatedly denied claims that safety and health of the 30,000 World Cup workers were in danger.


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