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RUSSIA: 2018 World Cup Football

St. petersburg, Russia. 29th June 2013 -- Riot police officers arrest LGBT activists and opposing russian nationalists during a gay pride rally in St. Petersburg, Russia. The rally is considered illegal under the law against 'gay propaganda' which prohibits public displays of homosexuality. -- Demonstrating LGBT activists and the Russian nationalists that confronted them were arrested by riot police officers in St. Petersburg, Russia. The rally was considered illegal under the law against 'gay propaganda'.
Riot police officers arrest an LGBT activist during an “illegal” gay pride rally in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 2013. © Corbis

The human rights situation in Russia is abysmal. Since 2012, numerous new laws further suppress the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.

Journalists, human rights activists, lawyers, gays and artists are thwarted in many ways to prevent them from voicing any criticism. The ‘law on foreign agents’ paralyzes civil society. Ahead of the World Cup, there is a risk of increased repression of the right to freedom of expression.

In the run-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014, the repression was steadily intensified. Yevgeny Vitishko, for example, was arrested in Sochi on 3 Februari 2014. This environmental activist was trying to prove that rare trees were chopped to make way for sporting facilities. He supposedly used swear words while standing at a bus stop, which resulted in a three year prison sentence. He is still in jail.

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QATAR: 2022 Word Cup Football

November 16, 2013 - Doha, Qatar: The capital of the Emirate state of Qatar. Sketch of the new Al Wakrah stadium designed by archistar Zaha Hadid, Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the first Arab country to host the event. (Piero Oliosi/Polaris)
Sketch of the new Al Wakrah stadium in the Qatari capital Doha, designed by archistar Zaha Hadid for the 2022 World Cup. (Piero Oliosi/Polaris)

In 2022, Qatar is host country of the World Cup. Scores of football stadiums and other facilities are being built for this event, often by foreign workers. The working conditions in the construction business, and for people doing domestic work, are extremely bad and amount to exploitation. Additionally, women are discriminated against, the freedom of expression is restricted and the judicial system is not up to international standards.

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CHINA: 2022 Winter Olympics and candidate 2026 World Cup Football

Chinese paramilitary policemen patrol near the National Stadium or Bird's Nest at the Olympic Green in Beijing July 26, 2008, just 13 days to go before the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged China on Saturday not to use security concerns over next month's Olympics as a cover to crush political dissent. There has been a security clampdown in China ahead of the Aug. 8-24 Olympics. Some human rights groups, however, say the Chinese authorities have overreacted to security threats and used it as a way to crack down on political dissidents.  REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV    (CHINA)  (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW) - RTX8502
Chinese paramilitary policemen patrol near the National Stadium or Bird’s Nest at the Olympic Green in Beijing two weeks before the start of the Olympic Games in 2008. © REUTERS/Claro Cortes

China has a strong influence in the world. This is one of the reasons why it is so alarming that the country, candidate for organizing the 2022 Winter Olympics and 2026 World Cup, barely complies with human rights. The freedoms of expression, religion and assembly are highly curtailed. China’s system of internet censorship is believed to be the most advanced in the world. Everyone who fights for human rights risks intimidation, detention and torture. The death penalty is handed down more often in China than in all other countries of the world combined. The Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics brought increased repression to the entire country.

In 2022 the Winter Olympics are being held in China; when the host for the World Cup will be chosen is yet unknown.

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KAZACHSTAN: candidate 2026 World Cup Football

Andrey Kryukov, Vice Chairman of the Almaty 2022 bid committee, speaks to journalists after the presentation of the Kazakhstan Almaty 2022 Winter Olympics bid for IOC members at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. With the vote less than two months away on who hosts the 2022 Winter Olympics, Kazakh and Chinese leaders are presenting their bids directly to the IOC members who will decide between two starkly different choices. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
Andrey Kryukov, Vice Chairman of the Almaty 2022 bid committee, speaks to journalists after the presentation of the Kazakhstan Almaty 2022 Winter Olympics bid for IOC members, June 9, 2015.  On 31 July 2015 it was announced that China will host the Winter Olympics. © Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP

Kazachstan is candidate for hosting the World Cup Football in 2026. The human rights record of the country is poor. Beautiful words cover up bad practices: Kazachstan “will not rest until torture is completely eliminated”, the government announced. But torture is still taking place. The freedom of expression, association and assembly are restricted. Peaceful protesters are arrested, independent organizations are obstructed in their work, newspapers are forbidden, and social media are blocked. A law that bans propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations – read: homosexuality – is ready to be signed by the President.

When the host for the World Cup will be chosen is yet unknown.

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